Rhythm and Blues

Papa Mali, “I’m a Ram” from Music is Love (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Papa Mali, “I’m a Ram” from Music is Love (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Papa Mali’s “I’m a Ram” is an intriguing voodoo of sex and danger, something that seems to always surround the best Louisiana music.

Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper were strangers who hit it big: ‘Why don’t you guys just keep on writing?’

Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper were strangers who hit it big: ‘Why don’t you guys just keep on writing?’

Something immediately clicked between Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper. Their first writing session, in fact, produced an astounding three hit songs.

For John Oates, picking a favorite Hall and Oates song isn’t easy: ‘There’s so many — thank God’

For John Oates, picking a favorite Hall and Oates song isn’t easy: ‘There’s so many — thank God’

John Oates struggles to select a single Hall and Oates moment, finally settling on three from a career marked as much by diversity as longevity.

JJ Grey + Mofro, “Everything is a Song” from Ol’ Glory (2015): One Track Mind

JJ Grey + Mofro, “Everything is a Song” from Ol’ Glory (2015): One Track Mind

JJ Grey and Mofro get the forthcoming ‘Ol’ Glory’ off to a spirited start with the joyous, charmingly uncomplicated “Everything is a Song.”

Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates + Joe Bonamassa, “Nasty Gal” from Ooh Yea, The Betty Davis Songbook (2015): Exclusive stream

Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates + Joe Bonamassa, “Nasty Gal” from Ooh Yea, The Betty Davis Songbook (2015): Exclusive stream

Here is an exclusive stream of Mahalia Barnes’ cover of the irresistibly raunchy Betty Davis funk number “Nasty Gal,” featuring Joe Bonamassa.

That time CCR moved Booker T. and the MGs to greatness: ‘It was inspirational; it’s still inspirational’

That time CCR moved Booker T. and the MGs to greatness: ‘It was inspirational; it’s still inspirational’

We typically hear about Booker T. and the MGs’ impact on a series of later stars. But what about when the situation was reversed?

Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” from Sound and Color (2015): One Track Mind

Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight” from Sound and Color (2015): One Track Mind

Lean and hurtful, anthemic and damaged, Alabama Shakes’ “Don’t Wanna Fight” pulls no punches — not musically, not emotionally.

Leslie Johnson – The Leslie Johnson Project (2015)

Leslie Johnson – The Leslie Johnson Project (2015)

The Leslie Johnson Project finds this formidable Texas talent making passionate, funky and forward-leaning music firmly rooted in jazz and funk.

Pops Staples, “Friendship” from Don’t Lose This (2015): One Track Mind

Pops Staples, “Friendship” from Don’t Lose This (2015): One Track Mind

The Staple Singers’ stirring sense of community comes through in every line of “Friendship” from patriarch Pops Staples’ forthcoming posthumous album.

Steve Cropper’s research into then-unknown Wilson Pickett sparked his initial hit: ‘I found some gospel songs’

Steve Cropper’s research into then-unknown Wilson Pickett sparked his initial hit: ‘I found some gospel songs’

Steve Cropper inadvertantly discovered the seeds of Wilson Pickett’s breakthrough song while trying to figure out just who Pickett was.