Hi Folks... After I posted about a couple of new records by Percy Wiggins and Marion James, I thought it might be a good idea to put together an edition of Soul Sauce every once in a while that focused on the current 'small label' projects of some of our friends. Here goes...
STACKED IN THE BACK
When we spoke with Clifford Curry during the Soul Detective Road Trip this Summer, he gave us a copy of his latest album, The Soul of Clifford Curry. Once we popped it into the CD player in the rental car, we never took it out! With a bang-up production job by old hands Bruce Dees and Clayton Ivey, Clifford's amazing songwriting never sounded better. Available now at Off Row Records.
Some three years in the making, The Alabama Love Man is the debut album from the great Ralph 'Soul' Jackson. We all knew Ralph could sing, and this package showcases his songwriting skills as well. With the committment to quality (and real instruments) we've come to expect from our friends at The Rabbit Factory, it's available on both heavyweight vinyl and CD. Get it now at Dusty Groove.
LIKE ONLY SHE CAN DO (preview)
Arthur Adams came up out of Jefferson Street in Nashville as the protege of our man Sir Lattimore Brown. Considered by most to be a 'blues man', there's so much more to Arthur than that. His new double sided single, Feet Back In The Door, was produced by Keb' Mo', and gives you an idea of the depth of his talents. We'll be taking a closer look at Arthur's career soon over on The B Side. In the meantime, you can download the single on iTunes.
THIS IS NOT A DREAM (preview)
After The Numero Group reissued Wright's incredible and ultra-rare 1977 LP Telling The Truth last year, it inspired Willie and his longtime friend Bob Green to 'come slightly out of retirement' and cut This Is Not A Dream some thirty five years later. Despite ill health, Willie's soulful spirit remains, as does the haunting sincerity of his music. Available now from Green Coil Records
WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO
When Roy C called me and told me that he had just finished his first Gospel album, at first I couldn't believe it. After I thought about it a while, though, I realized that Roy's been out there preaching in his own way for almost fifty years! Released as a tribute to his good friend Marvin Sease, Let's Go Back To God represents Roy's unique perspective on Religion in America. Available in both CD and MP3 formats from CD Baby.
LOVE MAKES A WOMAN (preview)
Here's the new single from our friend and veteran sax man Ronnie Grieco, who was one of Benny Gordon's Soul Brothers back in the day. Ronnie's still out there performing, and has remained true to his R&B roots. You can purchase the single, along with a whole lot of other great music over at Ronnie's own Online Music Store.
ARE YOU IN
When Jimmy Church was kind enough to let us visit his home during the Road Trip, I noticed a stack of these CD singles on the kitchen table. Conceived as a benefit and theme song for The Concerned Citizens for the Re-Election of President Barack Obama, Jimmy wasn't selling them, he was giving them away to help spread the word. There's even a cool video on YouTube: