Rhythm and Blues

The Blues Brothers insisted on lifting legacy artists: ‘We did not grab a share of it’

The Blues Brothers insisted on lifting legacy artists: ‘We did not grab a share of it’

The Blues Brothers fought their label to make sure early heroes like Floyd Dixon, Steve Cropper and Isaac Hayes received royalties.

Mavis Staples, “Your Good Fortune” (2015): One Track Mind

Mavis Staples, “Your Good Fortune” (2015): One Track Mind

Always open to new sounds, Mavis Staples is now working with Son Little, after earlier collaborations with Jeff Tweedy and the North Mississippi All-Stars.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

When others are building newfound fame around your essential disco vibe, it’s time for a return in full. And that’s just what Chic has done.

Birth of Booker T. and the MGs has an intriguing backstory: ‘I only found out later the real reason’

Birth of Booker T. and the MGs has an intriguing backstory: ‘I only found out later the real reason’

Steve Cropper thought he was going to talk to Booker T. Jones because he could round out the band on keyboards. There’s a lot more to it.

Does Steve Cropper ever grow weary of his most familiar hits?: ‘Some guys don’t like to do the same thing’

Does Steve Cropper ever grow weary of his most familiar hits?: ‘Some guys don’t like to do the same thing’

Steve Cropper has been playing “Midnight Hour,” “Green Onions” and “Soul Man” for decades. It’d be understandable if he became tired of them.

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.