"the harder edge of soul/R&B" ?
Has anyone ever stumbled across any websites that focus on that mix of styles that can best be described as "rockin' soul" or "hard soul" or "rock / r&b" songs? I'm looking to expand my skills in that style, but I can't really come up with any good name for the style; the best I can do is refer to it as the 'harder edge of soul/r&b. There were many bands from the late 50s onward that often played this style - from King Curtis to James Brown , a large part of the Staxx roster, etc. and numerous singles ranging from "Cool Jerk" to "Sookie Sookie". Can anyone point toward any web sites where I can dig into the more obscure end of this style and maybe still uncover some gems that I'm unfamiliar with?
Interesting, and certainly not the typical LA 'product'. I'd claim that they seem a bit 'forced' and formulaic - (charismatic r&b singer in front of competent hard rock band.) I checked with GF and she saw their Letterman appearance last year.
Appreciate the links, but (without sounding too much like an a$$)
the backing band really sounds like any 3 thirty-something rock guys from the Vine st. union hall backing up "an incredible simulation of a soul singer" . But I doubt I could do better. My only point is that I'm looking for something a bit more authentic, and that probably means something from 40 years ago........
re: Vintage Trouble - for an LA band with multiple appearances on all of the big TV shows, they have almost zero radio play on any LA stations - including the late night and "local" radio shows that play stuff like this. Do their songs come across well without the visuals???
Booker T. Jones made a great instrumental record a couple of years ago with the Drive By Truckers in the rhythm section and Neil Young on guitar.
The 2nd album of Charles Bradley is kinda "heavy soul": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdEt2JwnxeE
Idem for Lee Fields: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...lxOdOqbg#t=480
Also, "Sookie, Sookie"...the Steppenwolf tune?
If so, bands like Humble Pie/Steve Marriot covered R&B/Soul tunes (albums like Eat It & Rockin' The Fillmore).
How about Hummingbird (an offshoot of the Jeff Beck Group)? Jerry (see above) hipped me to their debut.
Try Edgar Winter's White Trash "Give It Everything You Got"-
Jerry Lacroix is a testifier. :)
Check out The Soul of the Net or Sir Shambling"s Deep Soul Heaven and then investigate further links from their pages. You could also type in the names of soul artists at Amazon and then follow the links to related artists. Google is your friend (when they're not spying on you)..
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Black Joe Lewis
Soul of John Black
Valerie June(granted, she may be more blues than soul for you)
a bit more on the 70's funk tip, Vulfpeck
Do you check out the stuff going on at The Mint on Pico?
On a related note, do NOT miss the Muscle Shoals documentary; it's still making the rounds of the art house theaters, but comes out on DVD/Blueray in Feb. I think. Manditory viewing for all musicians, period.
Check out a band called Bad Rabbits
They are awesome and who I thought of when I saw this thread
Sadistic Mika Band: Suki Suki Suki
there's more to Buddy Miles than Band Of Gypsies---
overlooked and underapreciated, Baby Huey---
as much as I have little patience for hippie horn bands, and in spite of the Joplin-isms, Cold Blood brought it on...
and my other exception, for a brief moment the Electric Flag delivered the goods(and you can't go wrong studying Harvey Brooks)...
a few of my favorite one hit wonders...
Like those moves? dig THIS...(oh, the irony)
lastly, I give you the vanilla James Brown...
Jaco served time in his band
Thanks for sharing, VT are nailing it IMO.
Check out the Bellrays! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ebZygMVM84
Part of that comes off sounding like Prince (mid '80s).
Buddy Miles...yes. His album with "Them Changes" also has some nice covers:
The ABB classic "Dreams" (done in 4/4 here) & Neil Young's "Down By The River".
In the words of 'Columbo', just one more thing...
I can't believe I forgot this guy, I've seen him live twice, and he just kills it in the Otis Redding style, JJ Grey...
honorable mentions to Ray Lamontagne..
Now, here's something that gets overlooked because usually, if anyone knows of this band, it's from their cheesy 80's/MTV era hits(a sad downfall). Their first two studio albums were killer blues/soul/R&B workouts, but they really made their mark with this 1973 live album...
The next studio album had a reggae/funk-flavored breakthrough hit(for those days, pretty adventurous)...
but then they floundered for a while
Dont forget to go to allmusic.com for more references; look up 'Northern Soul' for great obscure stuff(here's an example)
And, while it may be obvious, go beyond the radio hits of Ike & Tina Turner, Sly & Family Stone, and James Brown, into the 'deep cuts', like JB's "Down In The Jungle Groove" compilation.
+1 on the Belrays(straight outta Riverside!), although they're probably not what you're looking for(Tina Turner meets the MC5)...
I'll leave you with this classic stuff...
Jeez.........I need to clear out my schedule for a few days just to check out all of these links. Much thanks to everyone for all of the replies.
Goal for 2014 is to find a couple of other guys into 50s blues (before it became about guitar heroics) and 60s soul and pull together a couple of sets of obscure tunes. One of the biggest problems with this type of music is that it is 40 or 50 years old and the big hits have just been played to death. But there are so many great, less well known songs just waiting for a good band to bring them to life.
Oh, and as bass players, you should all appreciate this..... if you ever want to have some real fun, put an add on Craigslist saying to you want to join/start a blues band, only with the focus on the songs, not the guitar solos. the replies were priceless, you'd have thought that I committed the greatest sin possible - just imagine; a blues band that actually rehearses, and doesn't focus on soloing?!?
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