Soul Music

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.

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.

Steve Cropper discusses Pops Staples’ underrated contributions: ‘Everybody wanted to copy that’

Steve Cropper discusses Pops Staples’ underrated contributions: ‘Everybody wanted to copy that’

Pops Staples’ vocals with the Staple Singers tend to define his modern legend. But he had an impact on Steve Cropper in an entirely different way.

John Oates – Another Good Road (2015)

John Oates – Another Good Road (2015)

John Oates’ intimate forthcoming live release, ‘Another Good Road,’ gives us new perspective on an exciting period of musical growth.

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

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

Fifteen years after his death, Pops Staples returns — as sweetly vibrant, as light-filled and meaningful, as deeply soulful as ever.

Otis Redding never heard this memorable part of ‘Dock of the Bay': ‘I was the only one in the room’

Otis Redding never heard this memorable part of ‘Dock of the Bay': ‘I was the only one in the room’

Steve Cropper talks about the signature element, finished after Otis Redding’s tragic death, that made ‘Dock of the Bay’ complete.

Stevie Wonder, December 20, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder, December 20, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder’s 2014 stop at Los Angeles was more than just a concert. It was a reminder of his gifts, his passion and his humanity.

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, “Over The City” from Living By The Minute (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Here’s an exclusive stream of Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers’ “Over The City”, a deeply soulful, poignant observation of the people that society forgot.

The Faragher Brothers – Faragher Bros (1976): Forgotten series

The overlooked ‘Faragher Bros,’ an outstanding collection of sincere, 1970s-era soul music, is primed for rediscovery.