"The Coming Tide" by Luke Winslow-King offers a warning of a threatening storm, both spiritual and natural, but also a promise of shelter, in the swinging sound of pre-war jazz, blues and gospel music.
The SXSCity music festival rambled to a close on Monday night with an eclectic bill taking the stage at Off Broadway.
Alvin Youngblood Hart wrapped his hand around the neck of his guitar as though there wasn't a better thing to hold on to. He played the blues, and that's all there was to it.
The first single from the debut album by Austin, Texas singer Candace Bellamy has just about everything a soul and blues fan needs: powerhouse vocals delivering a from-the-heart lyric, snaking organ dueling with flashing guitar and heavy horns punctuating a mean, mean groove.
Playing a mixture of R&B, country and funk, Honey Island Swamp Band performed at the Old Rock House on Thursday night.
In his own cagey yet warm-hearted way, Gurf Morlix has amassed the accomplishments befitting an icon of American music. The superlative guitarist, producer and songwriter isn't living in the past. His latest album is very much in the present tense.
Outside the windows that illuminate stage left of the Old Rock House, a train rolled forward with slow determination over the dark Mississippi to a destination unknown. The Arch rose up in the background as the Royal Southern Brotherhood took the stage and the crowd gave them a warm, enthusiastic welcome.
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.