Soul Music

Tad Robinson – Day Into Night (2015)

Tad Robinson – Day Into Night (2015)

Tad Robinson has made a filler-free quality soul-blues record that faithfully follows in the stellar tradition of Hill, Bland and Little Milton.

Everything came together for JJ Grey and Mofro on the swampy, soulful Georgia Warhorse

Everything came together for JJ Grey and Mofro on the swampy, soulful Georgia Warhorse

JJ Grey and Mofro started out as a very good band. ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ released on August 24, 2010, catapulted them to greatness.

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions brilliantly mixed social realism, spiritual affirmation

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions brilliantly mixed social realism, spiritual affirmation

‘Innervisions’ arrived on Aug. 3, 1973 amidst an almost-unfathomable run of important recordings from Stevie Wonder, but it may well be his best.

Hall and Oates honored heroes on Live Aid’s worldwide stage: ‘We really did come full circle’

Hall and Oates honored heroes on Live Aid’s worldwide stage: ‘We really did come full circle’

Live Aid, held on July 13, 1985, was more than a great cause for Hall and Oates. It was, as John Oates tells us, a chance to “come full circle.”

The Isley Brothers, “Here We Go Again” (2015, rec. 1980): Something Else! sneak peek

The Isley Brothers, “Here We Go Again” (2015, rec. 1980): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek of a track from the great lost Isley Brothers album, ‘Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980.’ It’s a funky, uptempo number called “Here We Go Again.”

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Lost R&B legend Carl Hall gives each performance a gospel-infused, four-octave charge. And yet he somehow remains stubbornly obscure.

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.

Steve Cropper was determined to work with Percy Sledge: ‘Just pay me union minimum’

Steve Cropper was determined to work with Percy Sledge: ‘Just pay me union minimum’

When Steve Cropper finally got a chance to work with Percy Sledge, he did everything he could to make it happen — regardless of the cost.

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge may have been a one hit wonder, but what a hit it was

Percy Sledge has died at 73 having long been dubbed a one hit wonder. But that one hit – “When a Man Loves a Woman” – was a wonder, indeed.