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First Listen – Lianne La Havas is “Unstoppable”

Featured: 1Ten songs. That?s how many new moments of grace we?re looking forward to from the young lady who brought us such sublime delectables as ?Elusive? and ?Au Cinema? from her stellar 2012 Warner Music debut, Is Your Love Big Enough. The July 2015 follow-up, Blood, is already up on iTunes for pre-order. Warner is also set to deliver Blood via digital download, CD, and limited edition vinyl.Facebook Comments: 1
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Just a Mortal Man (review)

Artist: Jerry LawsonFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: Long before there was Chris Borland or Patrick Willis or Jason Worilds, Jerry Lawson could tell you a thing or two about the risks that came with playing American tackle football. The Florida native who grew up singing in church and listening to R&B and pop singers on the jukebox in his uncle?s night club, moved to Philadelphia and then New York in hopes of finding stardom in the music business. Lawson came to the Big Apple to sing, and a vocal group with which he sang actually won the talent contest at the Apollo, but he had other talents. Lawson played wide receiver for a semi-pro football team and had drawn the attention of the New York Jets. If Lawson had stuck with football he could have caught passes from Joe Namath, and he definitely would have been an upgrade over whomever the team used as lead singer for the singing group the Jets formed after they won Super Bowl III. But Lawson went across the middle in an era when talking about concussion protocols and unprotected wide receivers would have gotten a player laughed out the league, and he made what players call ?a business decision?: Singing with the a cappella group The Persuasions might just be a better career option. ?I?m gonna sing. I said to myself. You can?t get hurt singing.? Football?s loss has been vocal music?s gain. The Persuasions became a soul music staple of the 70s and beyond; never achieving broad stardom, but amassing a passionate audience ? including stars like Frank Zappa ? and resurrecting and then redefining a cappella music. The band reimagined the music of singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, bands such as The Grateful Dead and Zappa. If you want to hear The Persuasions in all of their power, grab a copy of their Grateful Dead tribute, Persuasions of the Dead. Lawson left the Persuasions a decade ago and joined another vocal ensemble, Talk of the Town, and that group managed to make it onto the television program The Sing Off. So more than four decades after he started singing on street corners in Brooklyn, Lawson still had it. As he reached his 70th birthday, what Lawson really wanted to do was record a solo album while backed by musicians, and he receives his chance with the release of his much delayed solo debut, Just a Mortal Man -- and he?s still got it. The album features Lawson doing his interpretation of pop, southern soul, country and R&B songs made famous by artists ranging from Paul Simon to Ayo. Actually, his rendition of Ayo?s ?Down On My Knees? has been around for a while. I saw him perform that tune on YouTube about five or six years ago, and the one thing we learn from that performance, as well as the others on this record, is that years of being a member of a vocal ensemble that featured a group of strong and distinct voices taught Lawson how to work in harmony with other players. After all, the voice is simply another instrument. Lawson can bring a conversational and intimate style to a number such as ?I?ll Come Running To You,? a gospel infused number that finds him backed by an acoustic guitar and background singers who add accents to the chorus. He brings a trace of jazz and gospel to ?Down On My Knees,? and actually the soft rasp in his baritone endows the track with a convergence of masculinity and vulnerability. The ease in which he slides into the blues/rock of ?Never Been to Memphis? will prompt the listener to wonder if Lawson had really never performed with a band. However, that and the rest of the output on Just a Mortal Man marks Lawson as the consummate professional who is adept at using a vocal instrument that he has taken great care of over the course of five plus decades. Guess you can say that, a half century into his music career, Lawson proves that there is life after football. Now, if only Maurice Jones Drew can carry a tune as well as he carried a football... Solidly Recommended. By Howard DukesAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1Title: Just a Mortal ManASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B00UJ03K1M'; amzn_wdgt.title='Just a Mortal Man'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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SoulTracks Triple Play: We salute Karyn White

Featured: 0While sometimes overlooked in retrospectives of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Karyn White was one of that era's biggest R&B singers - even though she only recorded three albums - working with that period's biggest name producers and delivering some of its most memorable R&B songs.Facebook Comments: 1
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Cause & Effect (Advance Review)

Artist: Ty CauseyFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: Ty Causey is among the hardest working people in the independent soul music business, and considering the grind-or-die ethos that permeates this subset of the industry, that?s saying something. Causey?s base of operations is Fort Wayne, Indiana, a place that is far from being Mayberry but isn?t exactly the epicenter of the music business. Yet, he?s managed to turn out a series of ultra-smooth R&B albums that have a connection to the music that guys such as Glenn Jones ? a vocalist to whom Causey is sonically comparable ? were releasing in the late 1980s and 90s, a time before a different rougher-edged type of urban singer emerged. A place remains for Ty Causey in today?s R&B market regardless of whether he ever snags a record deal with a major label. Causey has released 10 albums, including Cause & Effect, his latest, and he tours constantly. Neither of those things happen if there aren?t a whole bunch of people who already like Causey?s product or gravitate to his music upon hearing it for the first time. Causey delivers for listeners in both categories with Cause & Effect. He is not an artist who deviates from the formula that has proven to be successful. That formula includes percussion both of the acoustic and programmed variety, jazz inflections from a saxophone player (on this album Igor Gerzina holds down the spot that in the past was occupied by Najee), memorable hooks, and Causey?s distinctive, rangy baritone on the lead and backing vocals. The tunes on Cause & Effect are a balance of mid-tempo tracks geared toward steppers, jazz fused ballads and up-tempo numbers. Causey?s recent efforts served as a platform for the artist to display refinements that he has made as a songwriter, and he continues to show strength as a crafter of the adult-oriented lyric. Songs such as ?Missin You? bring the elements of jazzy piano flourishes, a funky mid-tempo bass line and lyrics that tell the narrative of a man who realized too late that he may have allowed a good thing to escape: ?It feels like rain inside my heart/Like a river trying to find its way to you.? Causey slows the pace down while giving listeners some driving thumping bass to go with the rapturous praise that he heaps on his woman ?So Beautiful,? and he deploys that same driving bass and combines it with some bluesy guitar licks on the funky ?Don?t You Judge Me? ? a track that finds him telling a lady that the fact that they don?t connect doesn't make him a bad person. The ballad ?Just Another Love Affair? introduces the narrative of the post mortem to infidelity with chimes, a percussive bass line, and blues riffs on the guitar, before Causey goes into the conversational mode as he tries to explain why he must break things off with a woman with whom he has been unfaithful. He sets the stage with an opening lyric that shows how quickly that is seemingly innocent can get out of control: ?Looks like another love affair/Cuz I can feel it in the air/How did it come to this/We never should have took the chance/I lost my girl you lost your man/All it took was a simple kiss.? As an adult oriented independent singer, Causey operates within the constraints of a system that has a tunnel vision focus on appealing to youth and seems intent on pretending that independent soul artists don?t exist. Consequently, he depends on his intensely loyal fans to evangelize on his behalf, and with Cause & Effect, Ty Causey has provided them with a soulful conversation piece at family gatherings. Recommended. By Howard DukesAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1Title: Cause & EffectASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B00VPUD2YU'; amzn_wdgt.title='Cause & Effect'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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First Listen: Newcomer Larissa Dubois finds out that Words are “No Good”

Featured: 0We?ve just been introduced to new singer Larissa Dubois, and she has skills that remind us of some of the great female singers of the past two decades.Facebook Comments: 1
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