I recently had the honor of joining the rhythm & blues-rock band Vintage Trouble for a run of 13 shows in September and October. Instead of co-billing with another group, the members preferred to have me, the Soul Selector, open the concerts with a potent, all-vinyl mix of blues and soul while chatting up the audience. A member of the band even personally introduced me at every stop.
The past several years of medical set backs kept her from the public eye, then came the word: Fontella Bass, St. Louis' leading woman of song for the past half-century, died the day after Christmas. She was 72 years of age.