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Funky Friday

This is one of the great performances from that superb series Live From Daryl’s House. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Booker T. live soon. There have been so many top-notch artists on the show, some of my favourites include: The O’Jays, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sharon Jones, and Joe Walsh (a bit disappointed with the Nick…

Benjamin & The Dreamdancers

Thank you Kurtis Powers and Scott Birksted for bringing our attention to Benjamin And The Dreamdancers (bravo to Daptone yet again) and for a great show on The Face Radio. Very much looking forward to the upcoming show on Curtis. KTF! Benjamin And The DreamdancersCurtis Mayfielddaptone recordsfunknorthern soulpsychedelic funksoul music

Royal Southern Brotherhood’s The Royal Gospel

Usually when the hyperbolic term “supergroup” is used that alone is enough to dissuade me from listening. This group so far, is an exception. At least on their latest album they offer a powerful and seamless emergent blend of funk, gospel and blues — it doesn’t get much better than this. bluesfunkgospelmusicnew orleansRoyal Southern Brotherhood

See Red — Deltaphonic’s Blinding New Album

For the past month or so I’ve been listening to a preview of Delaphonic’s new album. The version I was listening to had, understandably, a somewhat “thinner” mix but now the finalized version is available and man, what a fabulously richer sound. The support vocals are so much more to the forefront and atmospheric: they work…

Dr. John’s Gumbo

Released 45 years ago. Original Rolling Stone review. It was partly Harold’s idea, a few years ago, for the former New Orleans session musician, Mac Rebennack, to assume the persona of a mysterious voodoo character Dr. John, and it was Harold who collected the musicians together to concoct the gris-gris sound. bluesDr. Johnfunkmac Rebennackmusicnew orleanspiano