HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS LATE NIGHTS & HEARTBREAKS Records Kicks Street: 11.18 Hannah Williams & The Affirmations = The Flirtations + Gloria Jones
With each note and harmony, Hannah Williams is able hook on the listener’s heartstrings and grasp their very essence. Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ soul nods toward the past and attempt to drag a nostalgic sound into the present. It is something that they do rather well. Late Nights & Heartbreaks touches on the dramatic nature of the genre while invoking a cool groove. Williams’ vocals invoke the memory of Aretha Franklin and the late Sharon Jones.
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Ivory Williams Don’t Have To Worry 7” InCrowd Release: 10.08.2016
For the legions of fan’s who have loyally followed Daptone Records phenomenal releases over the years, they should now consider redirecting their gaze toward Atlanta, Georgia’s InCrowd and their up and coming artist Ivory Williams. Williams’ debut, Don’t Have To Worry 7” provides the perfect sound that characterizes the beauty of changing seasons and blossoms blooming.
The A-side “Don’t Have To Worry” is a soothing number even though it is one that betrays an anxious theme of familiar love and it’s loss. It’s a style that invites a nod toward Carole King, but is sung in a way that would make Etta James beam with delight. Williams’ invokes a longing that is relatable to anyone who has ever felt a sense of yearning within the depths of their being. “Don’t Have To Worry” reminds me of an early 1960’s downtempo feel. This style is not lost in nostalgia, rather it very much stands as a modern successor to soul music’s solid and storied legacy. In other words, with a sort of indie-twist, Williams does a wonderful job keeping the spirit of soul alive and thriving.
Williams’ charming vibrancy is especially true with the slightly more up-tempo B-side track “Little Flowers.” In contrast, this song sheds the A-sides longing anxiousness with something seemingly hopeful and bright. It’s tune that a wandering mind might find itself in the company of. So by all means, lay back with this one and dream a little dream.
The “Don’t Have To Worry 7” was recorded live on tape by In crowd and their in house musicians. This single is a preview of what one can expect from William’s debut album “Too Cool To Be Nice.” There is indeed some magic here, and the wise would do well to perk their ears for more that is surely to come.
ANDRE WILLIAMS I WANNA GO BACK TO DETROIT CITY BloodShot Records Street: 06.03 Andre Williams = Andre Williams
Soul and funk are not for the faint of heart. It’s for the ever romantic rebel and the fiery lover. For decades, Andre Williams has delivered songs coated in funk-lessened riffs and soulful relevance. In his new album, I Wanna Go Back To Detroit City, Williams continues this trend by brilliantly displaying a keen ability to stylize his cool, nitty-and-gritty, bluesy funk. I Wanna Go Back To Detroit City echoes his impressive persona, defined by his smooth and charismatic voice. These are nine tracks that defiantly remind the listener of the proud strength, but sad state, of the once prosperous motor vehicle capital of America. As the record spins, listeners will easily find that Williams’ voice inspires nostalgia for the rustic and mighty Detroit.
DREAMS TO REMEMBER: OTIS REDDING, STAX RECORDS, AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL Mark Ribowsky Liveright Publishing Corporation Street: 06.01
Mark Ribowsky weaves together a brilliant narrative that explores the rise of Otis Redding in conjunction with the essential establishment of Stax Records as a powerhouse that greatly influenced and made the ’60s Southern soul scene. Dreams To Remember uses Redding’s life as the focal point that defined an era of soul music that came from the heart of Memphis and managed to rival Berry Gordy’s Motown label in Detroit—specifically by producing an authentic black soul sound to counter Gordy’s more white-friendly alternative.
DARLENE LOVE INTRODUCING DARLENE LOVE Columbia Street: 09.18 Darlene Love = Joan Jett + Elvis Costello + Bruce Springsteen
This album does a wonderful job of showing off Darlene Love’s impressive vocal ability as she performs songs written by Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Spector and more. While Introducing Darlene Love displays a brilliant performance that highlights the backing band’s superb talent and, of course, Love’s ability to project, I find it to be largely uninteresting—it does little to add to a lasting soulful impression.
Sonny Knight and The Lakers Do It Live Secret Stash Records Street: 06.23 Sonny Knight and The Lakers = Sam Cooke + Barrence Whitfield + St. Paul and Broken Bones
My understanding of the purpose of a live recording is that it captures the unique brilliance of a band and their ability to offer something inspirational through a stellar performance. I’m sure that if I had actually been in attendance during this recorded gig, I would have fallen in love and sung all of the praises for an obviously talented band.
SLUG Magazine is proud to announce the Third Annual SLUG Cat, presented by New Belgium Brewing, in conjunction with the release of May’s Bike issue, out May 1, 2015.
A scavenger hunt-style bicycle race made popular by bike messengers in places like New York and San Francisco, alleycats are a major part of summer for Salt Lake City’s bike community, with the previous two events proved to be a huge success for all involved. Cyclists of all types will race through the streets of downtown Salt Lake, using skill, speed, wit and a little bit o’luck to win big prizes. Sponsors include New Belgium Brewing, Beer Bar, Blue Copper Coffee Room, Fishers Cyclery, Ogden Made, Saturday Cycles, Salt Lake City Bicycle Co., The Stockist by Fresh, Traitor Cycles and Velo City Bags.
Registration opens at 4 p.m. at Saturday Cycles
605 North 300 West
May 23, 2015 $5 registration
Race starts at 5 p.m.
Awards and after party at 7 p.m. at Velo City Bags
St. Paul & The Broken Bones hearken back to the late greats of gospel and soul with their upbeat tunes. Photo: David McClister
Tonight’s adventure into the night is inspired by a promised soul salvation that runs on sleep deprivation and a long, caffeine-induced day. Luckily for me, the gospel of St. Paul & The Broken Bones is ahead and my spirit rises to the occasion through the consumption of Este’s gorgeously greasy pizza. All that is missing is a pint of something with a bite and I’ll be set. This is soon rectified upon waltzing through a packed house and straight to the bar. Taking a deep sip from my plastic grail and looking around, I am aware that I am not quite in Kansas anymore. The audience represents a crowd that I am not usually too acquainted with. They all seem to be young(ish) professional types that carry no definitive edge in their appearance. Meaning there is a lack of leather and denim that is replaced with a visual abundance of folks in nice blazers and formal attire…..
Andrew Grant Jackson Thomas Dunne Books Street: 02.03
Andrew Grant Jackson (Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles’ Solo Careers) beautifully illustrates the overwhelming changes that music, counterculture and politics defined in 1965. Largely, this year-long journey is seen through the experiences felt both existentially and internallly through the inspirations of The Beatles. Jackson takes care to analyze these great effects through the exploration of drugs like LSD and their influence on the creative world.
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Secret Stash Records Presents: The One-derful! Records Collection
Secret Stash Records
The One-derful! Records Collection = The Five Du-Tones + Beverly Shaffer + The Sharpees + Wanda Davis
This is the first installment of a compilation than spans from 1962–1971 of rare soul, funk and gospel gems. These come straight from the vaults of the legendary African-American Chicago labels that brought about the mid-’60s R&B dance hits of The Five Du-Tones’ “Shake A Tail Feather” or group soul harmonies of The Sharpees’ “Take Me To Your Leader.”