The feckless narrator of Anders Osborne's new song "47" may be wrong when he sings "nothing happens at 47," but when you've got a bluesy groove this good all can be forgiven.
If soul music is anything it's the expression of unfiltered feeling -- in melody and rhythm, theme and voice. Sometimes it's utterly primal, and sometimes, as in the music of Jesse Dee, it's finely, joyfully arranged.
Janiva Magness brushes away the ashes and belts out the blues.
Janiva Magness has made quite the name for herself these past 15 years as a soulful blues singer of precision and power. As such, one would not expect songs written by the likes of Matthew Sweet, Paul Thorn or Ray Wylie Hubbard to be on her radar.