<em>Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production </em>(the cover detail of the album is above)<em> </em>revisits the influence of producer Robert Williams on the 1970s soul scene in Washington, D.C.<em></em>
Most people wouldn't think of Washington, D.C., as one of R&B's great cities. Despite the fact that soul music greats Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack grew up in D.C. neighborhoods, the city never had the equivalent of Detroit's Berry Gordy and Motown, or Memphis' Willie Mitchell and Hi Records. But in the early 1970s, D.C. did have producer Robert Williams and his Red, Black and Green Productions. A new compilation album called Eccentric Soul: A Red Black Green Production revisits Williams' influence on the sound of R&B in D.C.
Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 1:03 pm
Irish-American supergroup Solas makes its seventh appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Bandleader Seamus Egan, who founded the group in 1996, was a teen prodigy; he recorded his first album at 16 and toured with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul & Mary.
By now, Daniel Rossen's name is synonymous with the kind of raggedy, whimsical, airy music he writes. A contributing songwriter and musician in Grizzly Bear, Rossen often saved his most personal compositions for his other band, Department of Eagles, which shares Grizzly Bear's roots in Rossen's undergraduate years at NYU. Both bands saw success, and Rossen continued to work in both projects.
Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 4:27 pm
For their 50th year in music, The Beach Boys are getting together and heading out on the road. A cynic would think dollar signs motivated the reunion, but I bet they've not heard the group's new tune. "That's Why God Made The Radio" has the harmony and sentiment that defined the sound of California in the 1960s and — honestly, for anyone living outside this country — the sound of America itself.