This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Boz Scaggs, Pops Staples, Papa Mali, Wes Montgomery, Robben Ford, the Word, Steve Earle and Beth Hart.
Rhythm and Blues
“I don’t write for myself,” Steve Cropper admits, “and I don’t write for my family.” No, he’s motivated by something else.
Lost R&B legend Carl Hall gives each performance a gospel-infused, four-octave charge. And yet he somehow remains stubbornly obscure.
The Beatles covered a few Motown cuts, but that doesn’t mean they fashioned themselves after Detroit’s hitmaking juggernaut. In fact, quite the opposite.
The famous “shave-and-a-haircut, two-bits” beat didn’t start with Bo Diddley, who died on June 3, 2008. Through sheer force of will, he made it his own.
How did Hall and Oates become hip again after years as too-often-overlooked hitmakers? John Oates explains.
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 says her appearance as a guest on the the Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ film forever reshaped not just her life but her setlist.
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.
A single moment propelled Booker T. and the MGs toward a long-deserved return to the spotlight in the 1990s. Steve Cropper remembers.