Country-Soul + Funky Country + R&B/Soul Covers of Country Classics
I spent five years seeking out records specifically to be able to dedicate an entire night to celebrating the intersections of these seemingly different genres. I've decided to release my set (including the songs I had to cut from the live set) in a series of mixes for your listening pleasure. PLUS a few liner notes!
Country music and R&B music have often been painted as incongruent musical genres. In reality, soul music and country music share origins, histories, and heart. The genres have come together more times than most people know, sometimes being interwoven so much it's impossible to differentiate.
The golden era of the fusion of country music and soul music was the late 1960s into the mid-1970s. On the country side of things, the success of two records by women were largely responsible for the funkification of country music. "Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry and "Harper Valley PTA" by Jeannie C Riley both enjoyed massive crossover success and sparked endless covers and imitations.
Weed was legalized in Oregon. What a great excuse to make an old fashioned mix "tape" of a handful of some of my favorite psychedelic soul recordings. Put on your giant headphones, lay down, press play, close your eyes, and enjoy the ride!
Honey & the Bees, Doc Severinsen, EDWIN STARR, Merry Clayton, Little Richard, Erma Franklin, Sugarcane Harris, Mick Nock, Syreeta, the Electric Express, Dr. John. Ella Fitzgerald, The Meters, Larry Williams & Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Gabor Szabo, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Sly & the Family Stone, Inez Foxx, Swamp Dogg, Maxayn, The Temptations, Foxy, The Equals, The Supremes, Honey Cone, Ben E. King, The Impressions, Rotary Connection, The Flirtations, Irene Reid, Funkadelic, Charles Earland
Club Nitty Gritty is THIS Friday at the World Famous Kenton Club in North Portland. This party focuses on the grittier side of soul, R&B, and blues. In this preview set recorded live at the most recent Sugar Town (complete with my spoken intro) you'll hear from Chuck Berry, Katherine Holt, The Doodlers, Bobby Powell with Jackie Johnson, Gloria Scott & the Tonettes (produced by Sly Stone), Buddy Guy (who is playing at the Waterfront Blues Festival this year!) and The Fame Gang.
Here's some more about the thought behind Club Nitty Gritty:
When I first fell in love with Portland (while I was still living in Olympia doing a soul and blues radio shows) it was a gritty, funky little punk and blues town with attitude and a can-do spirit. This place was a grungy, industrial, no-frills Pacific Northwest garage rock n soul city. And while there's people who will tell you that Portland has always been a city of transplants and that cities are always changing and evolving. To that I say, NOT AT THIS PACE. When a city changes this rapidly, it loses its soul. A city is nothing but a dot on a map without its soul.
This is a complex issue and nothing I'm expert enough to address on an academic level, but I guess I wanted to put together an event that celebrates the good things about Portland that seem to be slipping away. Lord knows that when one talks of Portland, there are plenty of problematic things about its history that we DO NOT want to continue. There's a certain amount of change that needs to happen here in terms of racial equality and economic gaps. That is a change that would be welcome and is much needed.
But, it would be nice to preserve what was and is positive about Portland as well. At least in some way. Perhaps in a transformed way. I'm not sure what can be accomplished with a party, especially this late in the game, but you know I'll push it as far as I can and make sure IT WILL ALSO BE A FUN TIME. I hope you'll join me there <3
In this set you'll here from:
The Staple Singers, Arthur Alexander, Willie Hightower, The Johnny Otis Show, Betty Adams, The Exciters, Robert Knight, The Supremes, Joe Bataan, The 4 Tops, Marion Williams, The Chi-Lites, Ella Washington
Here's a great way to keep those Pride love vibes reverberating through your soul long after Pride is over! This year I went for a "summer of love" theme for my warm up set. In this modern age of cynicism the concept of LOVE solving all of our problems seems naive an incredibly simplistic, and yet a little added compassion and patience could go a long long way in helping to bring us closer to equality in this country. We're all stuck on this crazy Spaceship Earth together and our destinies are intertwined. It behooves us all to work towards a better existence for everyone.
So this Pride Season as I celebrate a better acceptance for the LGBTQ community, I would like to put a greater focus on intersectionality and recognizing the diversity in our LGBTQ community while building more unity between us all and then using our powers to reach beyond our queer community and backing non-queer specific struggles within Portland. Please join me. It all starts with love.
Bettye Swann - Angel of the Morning - 1969
Barbara Lewis - Love Makes The World Go Round - 1967
Brenda Holloway - When I'm Gone - 1965
Inez & Charlie Foxx - Baby Drop A Dime - 1968
Della Reese - It Makes No Difference Now-1962
Ruth Brown - Mend Your Ways - 1953
Maxine Brown - You Upset My Soul - 1964
Fontella Bass - Bad Boy - 1962
Doris Troy - What-Cha Gonna Do About It - 1964
Ella Washington - Sweet Talkin Candy Man - 1970
Millie Jackson - Breakaway - 1973
Little Ann - One Way Street the Wrong Way - 1968
Betty Wright - Circle of Heart Breaks- 1968
Jeanette Williams - Hound Dog - 1969
Jean King - The In Crowd - 1966
Patti Drew - Sufferer - 1967
Pearlean Gray - Have You Ever Had The Blues - 1964
Laura Lee - Wanted Lover - 1967
Betty Lavette - Heart Of Gold - 1972
Marion Williams - I Shall Be Released - 1969
Inez Andrews - I'm Free - 1972
Gwen McCrae - Lead Me On - 1970
Judy Clay - Get Together - 1969
The Staple Singers - Got To Be Some Changes Made - 1968
Valerie keys - Listen Here - 1968
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Friendship Train - 1969
Miriam Makeba - Down on the Corner - 1970
Betty Everett - Sugar - 1969
Lorna Doone - Dangerous Town - 1965
Tammi Terrell - This Old Heart of Mine -1966
Jo Ann Garrett - You Can't Come In - 1967 (* DJ Larsupreme introduced me to this record)
Ike & Tina Turner - Respect (live) - 1971
Christine Kittrell - I'm A Woman - 1962
Big Maybelle - Whole Lotta Shakin - 1955
Sarah Vaughan - Hey Naughty Papa - 1955
Sugar Pie Desanto - A Little Taste Of Soul - 1962
Shirley Ellis - That's What the Nitty Gritty Is - 1964
The Royalettes - No Big Thing - 1963
Koko Taylor - Don't Mess the Messer -1965
Dee Dee Warwick - You're No Good - 1963
Mary B - Ain't Nobody's Business - 1963
Johnnie Mae Matthews - The Headshrinker - 1962
Martha & the Vandellas - You've Been In Love Too Long - 1965
The Caravans - Wade In the Water - 1966
Barbara Dane - This Little Light of Mine- 1962
The Chiffons - Strange Strange Feeling -1964
Irma Thomas - Whenever (Look Up) - 1963
Lavern Baker - Story of My Love - 1962
Mary Wells - Come To Me - 1961
Barbara Lynn - Club A Go-Go - 1967
Ruby Andrews - Lets Get A Groove Going - 1967
Alfreda Brockington - Chained And Bound - 1969
Carla Thomas - Something Good - 1967
Betty Adams - Make It Real (Ride On) - 1971
Aretha Franklin - Niki Hoeki - 1968
The Ad Libs - On the Corner - 1965
The Marvelettes - Barefootin - 1967
The Thornton Sisters - Ooh Poo Pah Doo - 1965
Margie Hendrix - Packin' Up - 1965
Dixie Cups - Two-Way-Poc-A-Way - 1965
Soul Sisters - Good Time Tonight -1964
The Sydells - The Hokey Pokey - ?
Storey Sisters - Bad Motorcycle - 1958
Big Mama Thornton - Me & My Chauffeur - 1965
Elsie Mae (T.V. Mama) - Whole Lotta Lovin - 1964
Ike & Tina Turner - I Can't Believe What You Say (For Seeing What You Do) - 1964
Lesley Gore - Off & Running - 1966
The Supremes - These Boots - 1966
Faye Carol - Lives [lies] - ?
Lucille Spann - Women's Lib - 1973?
Nina Simone - Revolution Pt 1 - 1969
Nina Simone - Revolution Pt 2 - 1969
Shirley Caesar - Stand the Storm - 1975
Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher) - Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (6 Times) - 1974
La Lupe - Soul Salsa - 1980
The Jones Girls - Taster of the Honey - 1973
Diane Johnson - Queen Bee - 1969
El Chicano - I'm A Good Woman - 1971
The Three Degrees - You're the One - 1970
Honey Cone - Stick Up - 1971
Little Eva - Stand By Me - 1965
The Sand Pebbles - Soul Keeps Rolling Along - 1968