Here are eight recent albums from the blues, soul and Americana side of the street that I think you'll find worthwhile.
With over an hour until show time, the floor space in front of the Plush stage was already at a premium, contested by an ever thickening group of the most dedicated fans.
When Lou Edward Thimes spoke on the radio and intoned "Fatha, Fatha, Fatha," it was an adult thing: women listeners approved, and the male ones would nod in agreement: they knew when listening to Fatha Thimes, the music would be top-notch soul/rhythm and blues, selected and voiced by one of the most identifiable talents on St. Louis airwaves.
Cody ChesnuTT hasn’t had a typical music career. His debut, self-recorded double album "The Headphone Masterpiece" came out in 2002 and received a lot of love and recognition, both from rock critics and neo-soul and hip-hop listeners. But aside from an EP and a few single tracks, he didn’t put out a new album until 2012.
On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Twangfest 18 kicks off at Plush in St. Louis with a night of soul and funk featuring Cody ChesnuTT, DeRobert & the Half-Truths and St. Louis' own Theresa Payne. Considered one of the most powerful singers on the St. Louis neo-soul scene, Payne recently released the single "Bye Fear," her boldest, most confident recording to date.
No American city is immune from street crime, but post-Katrina New Orleans has been devastated by so much senseless violence. Written by Carl Gustafson, "Another Murder in New Orleans" looks the facts square in the eye and expresses the human scale of the tragedy through the kind of performance that only Bobby Rush and Dr. John can summon.