Rhythm and Blues

Two modern developments hurtled Hall and Oates back to prominence: ‘It resonated with them’

Two modern developments hurtled Hall and Oates back to prominence: ‘It resonated with them’

How did Hall and Oates become hip again after years as too-often-overlooked hitmakers? John Oates explains.

Steve Cropper on the Beatles’ flirtation with Stax: ‘Didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons’

Steve Cropper on the Beatles’ flirtation with Stax: ‘Didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons’

At the peak of their powers, the Beatles considered recording an album at Stax Records in Memphis. Steve Cropper sorts out why it never happened.

Mavis Staples recalls lasting impact of the Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Rick Danko’s humor + Bob Dylan’s hair

Mavis Staples recalls lasting impact of the Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Rick Danko’s humor + Bob Dylan’s hair

Mavis Staples says her appearance as a guest on the the Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ film forever reshaped not just her life but her setlist.

Please, don’t categorize Hall and Oates this way: ‘It’s a racist term’

Please, don’t categorize Hall and Oates this way: ‘It’s a racist term’

For years, maybe from the beginning, the music of Hall and Oates has been described by the same musical term – and Daryl Hall despises it.

Inside Booker T. and the MGs’ stirring ’90s-era comeback: ‘It went by like a rocket’

Inside Booker T. and the MGs’ stirring ’90s-era comeback: ‘It went by like a rocket’

A single moment propelled Booker T. and the MGs toward a long-deserved return to the spotlight in the 1990s. Steve Cropper remembers.

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

Booker T. and the MGs’ ageless ‘Green Onions’ had an offhanded birth: ‘You know, that ain’t bad’

If Booker T. and the MGs’ signature hit “Green Onions” always felt like a loose-limbed good time among musical friends, that’s because it actually was.

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann’s free-form soul-jazz experiment ‘Invitation to Openness’ is the sound of someone loosing himself from the bonds of expectation.

Graham Parker and the Rumor, “I’ve Done Bad Things” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumor, “I’ve Done Bad Things” from Mystery Glue (2015)

Graham Parker and the Rumour are all R&B-kissed coolness and trenchant aloofness here. In other words, they’re just what you want them to be.

John Oates on the thing he hates most about Hall and Oates: ‘Just be totally objective about it’

John Oates on the thing he hates most about Hall and Oates: ‘Just be totally objective about it’

Everyone, no matter their stature, can find themselves regretting a few things – and John Oates of Hall and Oates is no different.

Steve Cropper on the Black Crowes’ cover of ‘Hard to Handle’ : ‘They threw it off time by half a beat’

Steve Cropper on the Black Crowes’ cover of ‘Hard to Handle’ : ‘They threw it off time by half a beat’

Steve Cropper offers his take on the Black Crowes’ 1990 hit version of an Otis Redding classic, and reveals a special connection with the band.