Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Thursday, January 10, 2008

That Good old Soul Music still harkens

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Various Soul Reissues

In the early days of the recording music's weekly news source, Billboard Magazine, popular recordings by black Americans were charted as 'race records.' That's modified over the years to include terms like Soul, R-n-B, and now the generic catch all, 'hip hop.'

When I think of soul music, like most white middle class Americans, I think of Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. When I listen to today's "hip hop" I wonder what happen to those great heartfelt melody lines? Because of its reliance on rhythm today's "rap" music is a much closer cousin to the blues than most would care to admit. Interestingly, like generations before us, parental whites are rejecting the rap culture much like our grandparents probably rejected blues and soul music to our parents and our older siblings. Interesting how the wheel turns.
As noted in earlier writings, the Fuel 2000 record label is, hands down, the most exciting re-issuer of great music from the past including their razor sharp focus on the blues genre.

Artist: Otis Clay
Title: Testify

If one mentions soul music and Otis is the same breath the legendary Otis Redding comes to mind immediately; but wait, there was another. One of the recent nuggets thrust back into the market is a twenty-two track compact disc by soul music's "Other Otis", Otis Clay. Like so many great soul singers of the 50's & 60's (Redding, Franklin, Cooke, Rawls), Clay came to popular music through the church. On this release, 'Testify, Clay binds his Chicago blues roots & gospel to Southern soul and the result is some fantastic archival soul. Heavy on the horns and thick with great heartfelt melodies, this is a Soul Music fan's diamond in the rough. Clay continues to record and tour with recent albums on Rounder and Echo records.

Artist: Candi Staton
Title: Candi Station

Another reissue gem is the Astralwerks over seas licensing of a self titled compilation release by Candi Staton. Born in Alabama and raised in the church Staton was touring as a professional singer while still in school backing up Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers and the Soul Stirrers. Eventually Staton would meet and marry noted blues man Clarence 'Strokin' Carter. Working with the FAME record label at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio, Staton recorded some genre defining music. If you're like me and have already assimilated the music of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and the Stax label and still want more, Candi Staton could very well be the cure for what ails ya.

Some other quality soul reissues & compliations are;
Aretha Franklin, The Queen in Waiting, Four Stars
The Cream of Vintage Soul Volume 1 Three+ Stars (3 discs for $9.99)
The Cream of Northern Soul Volume 1 Three+ Stars (3 discs for $9.99)

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