The Civil Tones “Soul to Go” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) L —Thanks to everybody who pledged to KDHX during the Spring Membership Drive. Because of you, we exceeded our goal! Alright, let's get this going with this Robin Allen-penned soul instrumental from 2011. Me gusta mucho!.Buy it!
Betty Davis “They Say I'm Different” from They Say I'm Different (Expanded) (Light In The Attic 2007) R —Reissue of her 1974 release along with four bonus tracks. This was requested last week by May Soul who made a pledge. Written by Betty Davis. Soul & funk of the highest order.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Brave & Strong” from There's a Riot Goin' On (Epic 1971) —Written by Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart and recorded in 1971.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Sorrow” from Life (Expanded) (Epic 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Sylvester Stewart and one of the bonus tracks found on this expanded reissue of their 1968 album.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Here Comes The Judge” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) N —OK, I know this is the third week in a row I've played something by Shorty Long but this compilation is so good. Written by Billie Jean Brown, Suzanne De Passe & Shorty Long and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
James Brown “There Was A Time” from James Brown: The Singles, Vol. 5: 1967-1969 (Hip-O Select) —Written by James Brown & Bob Hobgood and recorded for the King label in 1967. This one has become a staple in live sets by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.Buy it!
James Brown “Funky Soul #1” from James Brown: The Singles, Vol. 5: 1967-1969 (Hip-O Select) —Music bed. Instrumental version of va Bobby Byrd song recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “Hang Loose” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —Debut full-length release from the band out of Athens, Alabama and featuring the lead vocals of Brittany Howard.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Walk On Thru That Door” from Faithful Man (Truth and soul 2012) N —Terrific string & vocal arrangements on this closing track of this highly recommended new release out of NY.Buy it!
Billy Ball and The Upsetters feat. Roosevelt Matthews “Tighten Up Tighter” from The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw 2001) —A grittier version of the Archie Bell & The Drells song recorded in 1968 for the King label.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Hung Up On My Baby” from Instrumentals (Ace/Stax 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Isaac Hayes & recorded in 1974.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “You Can't Fail Me Now” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —Absolutely gorgeous vocal on this song written by Joe Henry & Loudon Wainwright III. Having Bill Frisell on guitar doesn't hurt, either. Appearing at the Pageant on Friday, May 18 but the show is already sold out.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1974) —Written by Earl Randle, produced by Willie Mitchell, and string arrangements by James Mitchell.Buy it!
James Carr “The Dark End Of The Street” from You Got My Mind Messed Up (Kent 1967) —The definitive version of one of the greatest soul songs ever written. Penned by Dan Penn & Chips Moman and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads “Blue Groove” from Stax-Volt: The Complete Singles (1959-1968) (Rhino Atlantic 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental recorded for Stax-Volt in 1965 and featuring Isaac Hayes on piano.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “I Stand Accused” from The Isaac Hayes Movement (Enterprise 1970) —I had to finish the first hour with this because I didn't want to put any artist in the unenviable position of trying to follow this. Written by Jerry Butler & William Butler. Just kills every time.Buy it!
Willie Mitchell “On The Other Side” from Poppa Willie - The Hi Years / 1962-74 (Hi Records/ Demon 2001) —Music bed. 1070 instrumental written by Willie Mitchell & Teenie Hodges.Buy it!
The Diplomats of Solid Sound “Bailout!” from What Goes Around Comes Around (Pravda 2010) —Appearing this Sunday (4/15) at the Gramophone. T-Bird & The Breaks are opening.Buy it!
Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen “Last Night” from Looking Back: 80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets (RPM 2011) —Pretty great 1966 version of the Mar-Keys song.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Fool To Cry” from Black and Blue (Virgin 1976) —Soulful ballad also featuring Wayne Perkins on guitar.Buy it!
Bill Doggett “For Once In My Life” from Honky Tonk Popcorn (Expanded) (BGP url 2012) —Music bed. Expanded reissue of his 1969 album including six bonus tracks (one of which is this instrumental version of the Stevie Wonder hit).Buy it!
Patti Smith “People Have The Power” from Dream of Life (Arista 1988) —Written by Patti Smith and her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith. Patti Smith: "Based on a concept of Fred's, we developed this song together in Detroit to hopefully inspire & incite."Buy it!
Sharon Van Etten “Serpents” from Tramp (Jagjaguwar 2012) N —Written by Sharon Van Etten and found on her new release. She and her band put on a really fine show at the Luminary Center for the Arts a couple of weeks back.Buy it!
Concrete Blonde “Everybody Knows” from Still in Hollywood (IRS 1994) —Leonard Cohen cover released in 1994 & featuring the vocals of Johnette Napolitano.Buy it!
Air “Alone In Kyoto” from Lost In Translation - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Emperor Norton 2003) —Music bed. Instrumental from the movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh “Bicinium” from Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City Inc. 2008) —Medieval instrumental with Helena Espvall on cello and Masaki Batoh on an instrument called the tingsha which is two small cymbals joined together by a leather strap or chain.Buy it!
Sinead O'Connor “The Wolf Is Getting Married” from How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian 2012) N —From her highly recommended new release. Beautiful singing throughout and a complete return to form.Buy it!
Malcolm Middleton “Red Travellin' Socks” from Waxing Gibbous (Full Time Hobby 2009) —Written and produced by Malcolm Middleton. One of my favorite songs of 2009. I don't expect to see the Scottish singer/songwriter in St. Louis anytime soon.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Persuasion (Instrumental)” from Sweet Talker (Original Music from the Movie) (Capitol Catalog 1991) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Richard Thompson & Peter Filleul for the 1991 movie soundtrack.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “I Feel So Good” from Rumor and Sigh (CAPITOL 1991) —Written by Richard Thompson & produced by Mitchell Froom.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “This Old Routine” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) N —Written by and featuring the vocals of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg from Enskede, Sweden.Buy it!
Neko Case “Maybe Sparrow” from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti- 2006) —Written by Neko Case and featuring harmony vocals by Kelly Hogan.Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack “Ballad Of The Black Chihuahua” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Heart Attack (Bloodshot 2007) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Jon Rauhouse.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Frankenstein” from I'm With Stupid (Geffen 1995) —Written by Aimee Mann & Jon Brion & featuring background vocals by Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Vacation” from Girl Talk (Blip Blap! 2012) N L —Written by and featuring the lead vocals of Jenn Malzone.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Evil” from Evil/Jezebel (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2012) N —New single featuring this song written by Willie DixonBuy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Under the Tree” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —From their new album coming out at the end of the month. They have a series of shows coming up including the Gramophone (Friday 4/20), Focal Point (Saturday 4/21) & Lola (Sunday 4/22).Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Burn Thru” from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) —Appearing at the Sheldon Ballroom tonight (Thursday 4/12).Buy it!
Raul Malo “Downbound Train” from Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska (Sub Pop 2000) —Found on this compilation of various artists doing songs from Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska album & songs recorded during the Nebraska sessions.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Mink Coats” from Regrooving the Dream (Vanguard Records vanguardrecords.com 2006) —Appearing this Friday (4/13) as part of La Guitara feat. Patty Larkin, Muriel Anderson and Vicki Genfan – Old Rock HouseBuy it!
Patty Griffin “Stolen Car” from 1000 Kisses (ATO Records www.atorecords.com 2002) —Written by Bruce Springsteen.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Jersey Girl” from Heartattack And Vine (Elektra 1980) —Written by Tom Waits and arranged & conducted by Jerry Yester.Buy it!
Bob Reuter “Oakie Girl” from Cowboy Angel & The Lost American Life (Big Muddy Records 2012) L —Recorded circa 1994 & featuring backing vocals by Jeff Tweedy. Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost are having their album release party this Sunday (4/15) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill are Magic City & Trio Project. This sounds action-packed.Buy it!
Josh White “St. James Infirmary” from Jack White's Blues (Uncut 2008) —Compilation of original versions of songs covered by Jack White.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Lazarus” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) N —From his highly recommended new release.Buy it!
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