r&b Archive

Album Review: The Westbound Sound

Armen Boladian’s Westbound Records was an important force in the funk and r&b scene of the late ‘60s and early 1970s. With Funkadelic as its anchor artist, the label turned […]

A Look Back at Johnny Winter Archival Releases

IMPORTANT NOTE: This review concerns the long out-of-print vinyl releases of early Johnny Winter material — The Johnny Winter Story, About Blues and Early Times — NOT any subsequent reissues. […]

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 […]

Album Review: Jackie Wilson — Higher and Higher

A giant in the world of r&b and soul, Jackie Wilson’s career got a big break when Johnny Otis (father of Shuggie) discovered him in the early 1950s. Wilson passed […]

Album Review: The Chi-Lites – A Lonely Man

If I might engage in the vernacular for a moment, streaming ain’t all that. Issues concerning fair remuneration to the artists aside, streaming platforms have many advantages for the listener. […]

Album Review: The Lost Generation — Young, Tough and Terrible

From Chicago in 1970 came The Lost Generation. Their sleek, sensuous and soulful sounds is in line with the growing symphonic soul movement of the era. Smooth, layered vocals from […]

More on Stax from William Bell (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Songwriting And with music, but I found out early on, when you write honestly and you write about life itself, the generations change and the times […]

More on Stax from William Bell (Part 1 of 2)

My feature on Written in Their Soul also drew from a conversation with William Bell. But because of space considerations, precious little of our chart found its way into the […]

More on Stax Records from Deanie Parker (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Isaac Hayes: I remember when he first came to Stax. I remember when he had hair. I remember when he didn’t have but two shirts. He […]