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Album Review: The Supremes – We Remember Sam Cooke

Gospel-informed soul singer Sam Cooke died tragically in December 1964 in murky circumstances; at the time, Cooke was enjoying a sustained peak as a songwriter, performer and recording artist. In […]

Album Review: The Temptations – Wish it Would Rain

Detroit soul/r&b vocal group The Temptations were early stars on Berry Gordy’s Motown label. The group had its roots in earlier vocal groups The Cavaliers, The Primes, The Siberians and […]

Album Review: Omar Coleman – Strange Times

Born and raised on Chicago’s West Side, vocalist and harmonica player Omar Coleman got his first well-deserved break when he was featured on Severn Records’ 2007 compilation of current-day Chicago […]

Album Review: Danielle Nicole – The Love You Bleed

Electric bassist and singer Danielle Nicole (Schnebelen) debuted with siblings Nick and Kris as Trampled Under Foot in 2000. After honing both her considerable chops and stage presence with that […]

Album Review: Emma Wilson – Memphis Calling

Memphis calls and Teesside answers. Blues vocalist Emma Wilson hails from the gritty industrial yet picturesque region of Northeast England, and her background includes dates at a wide variety of […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: New Releases in Jazz, Soul and Blues

Jazz, soul and blues this time around. All well worth a spin, they are. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Live in London Having only just celebrated his 24th birthday days ago, […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: Reissues

Today I’ll tell you about five albums from the distant past, newly reissued and deserving of your attention. Steve Cropper – With a Little Help from My Friends Guitarist Steve […]

Album Review: The Adam Deitch Quartet – Roll the Tape

There’s something truly special about soul jazz. The hybrid form came to its peak of prominence in the ‘60s and 1970s, combining the accessible melodic values of gospel, the passion […]

30 Days Out, December 2023 #2: Russ Wilson, Somewhat Petty, Asheville Symphony, Moon Hooch

Holiday shows (mostly), local artists, mostly. ‘Tis the season! Artist: Russ Wilson Venue: Highland Brewing Date: Sunday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Door: $25 A longtime fixture on the WNC music […]

Album Review: Stax Christmas

‘Tis the season – well, almost – for holiday music. While holiday-themed tunes have a comparatively short shelf life, there is indeed something special about them. And that’s even more […]