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Soul Filled Rhythm and Gospel how we Like It Most! Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost’

You may call him the new voice of Soul. His voice digs deep through your veins and his live performance is a show to remember. Do You get the feeling I’m describing: Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost brings beautiful soul filled rhythm and blues, added with funk and gospel to your house, bar or festival.

His grandfather played piano in juke joints for the legends including B.B. King, Albert King, and Louis Jordan. Rev Sekou, together with his band is continuing the legacy or -family-tradition- of his grandfather.

The Band Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost

Writer, producer and lead vocalist Rev. Sekou is a third-generation Pentecostal preacher and long-time organizer, author, and activist, grounded in the traditions of liberation theology. Beside him stands the Arkansas Delta Blues Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jay-Marie Hill (she/they) is a Black y Boricua genderQueer activist, teacher, and renegade born and raised in the Oakland Bay Area.

Next, you have Jay-Marie who works to deconstruct, liberate and recreate possibility through work at the intersections of youth, Black art, and radical activism. This band brings much more than jest very good songs. They all have a mission and extend it among other things through their music.

Debut Album release in 2016: “The Revolution Has Come”

Well, now we got to the point of their music; their debut album “The Revolution has Come” was released in January 2016. They describe their sound as: “The sound of Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost is a symphony of gospel, blues, soul, funk and freedom songs laced with sanctified blues and lyrics that range from religious to risqué”, and that pretty much includes their sound well.

Rev. Sekou – Resist – 5/5/2017 – Paste Studios, New York, NY

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Radio Sessions Ladies of Rhythm and Blues

Radio Sessions Ladies of Rhythm and Blues

This one hour BBB radio session is full of ladies singing the greatest Blues, Soul and Rhythm and Blues hits. The search for amazing music always continues for us and in this edition we focused on the lady performers.

Discovering R&B, Blues and Soul Gems

The cool part of discovering more and more gems in music history is that it’s getting easier every day. It is what keeps us dedicated in the search of songs and for example Little Miss Cornshucks, with her deep soul song “To Be Hurt”. A vinyl copy of her album is if you can find it, easily over $200. Little Miss is of course, part of this session but also the next group of artist.

Etta James and Lavern Baker

The late Etta James needs no introduction, and her hit record At Last is a song you can all dream. In 1965 she released her sixth studio album called ‘Queen of Soul’, song number 10 is called ‘Mellow Fellow’, in which she truly shows the capacity of her voice. Oh yeah she knows how to reach that notes from the heart. ‘ 7 Day Fool’  is also featured in this session which was written by Billy Davis and she released in 1961 for Argo Records.

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Interview: The Blues Arcadia “Memphis Soul and Chicago Blues from Stax to Chess”

Interview: The Blues Arcadia “Memphis Soul and Chicago Blues from Stax to Chess”

Hailing from Brisbane Australia The Blues Arcadia combines the legendary soul of Stax and Motown with the power of the Chicago and Memphis Blues. The Blues Arcadia recently released their debut EP and this band brings us especially live some old-fashioned soul stomp revival.

Their cover of Freddie King’s “Big Legged Woman”, for examplee is great and shows this band can groove like the old dogs of blues and soul. This November I spoke with Chris and Alan about their new EP, their inspiration and about the blues scene in Australia.

Trademark song ‘Rockin’ Chair’

To get in the groove of their music you should listen to ‘Rockin’ Chair’, which is a song where all their talent come together. The vocals are clean an bluesy, Alan gets to high notes easily and the rhythm department is tight like the backbone of a band should be. On top of that you get some nice guitar solos.

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Ina Forsman covering Bill Broonzy’s Sixteen Tons

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Ina Forsman covering Bill Broonzy’s Sixteen Tons

Ina Forsman from Helsinki, Finland caught my attention with her version of  Merle Travis and Big Bill Broonzy’s Sixteen Tons. Big Bill’s version of the song has always been a true soul-blues classic to me. Now Ina showed us how to deliver it.

With a similar easy as Big Bill she nails this song. Ina Forsman is a highly technical singer and blows out the speakers with that Burnt Honey voice.

Debut Album Ina Forsman

She had been around for a while and you might have seen her on the blues stages off Europe. She represented Finland at the 2014 European Blues Challenge. this year she released her self-titled debut album, and tours with the Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2016 with fellow singers Layla Zoe (Canada), Tasha Taylor (USA).

Sounds like: Claire Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes | Amy Winehouse | Etta James

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Unique voice in the Blues: singer Little Miss Cornshucks

Unique voice in the Blues: singer Little Miss Cornshucks

She was a talented performer of Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Soul ballads in the ‘after hours blues’ nightclubs from Los Angeles to Harlem. She also enjoyed a long stay as a singer in the famous Chicago club DeLisa. With her unique soulful voice Little Miss Cornchucks is an big influence in blues history.

Loneliest Gal In Town Album

This afternoon I was searching through the Chess records discography and discovered besides a whole lot of fantastic musicians Little Miss Cornshucks’ album LP-1453 – “The Loneliest Gal in Town”. When she recorded this album for Chess Records in 1961 she already had a long career behind her as a performer in Nightclubs and recording for several labels. She met Atlantic records owner Ahmet Ertegun in the late forties before he started his label and she blew him away.

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