Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:47 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altHard to believe, maybe, but dear old SHALAMAR are right back with us! Through the late 70s/early 80s, the trio (essentially Howard Hewett, Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel) crafted plenty of sweet dancers and beautiful ballads that live on... and on!

For all kinds of reasons the trio disintegrated but a few years back Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel got together again and, hooking up with Carolyn Griffey (daughter of group founder and SOLAR Records honcho Dick Griffey), they began touring once again.

Recently the revitalised trio have been back in the studio and they've just launched their first single – a tasty, stately dancer. 'The Real Thing'.

SHALAMAR are about to embark on a UK tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the bestselling 'Friends' album but, no doubt, they'll be performing 'The Real Thing'!

A diligent web search will reveal if Shalamar are playing a venue near you sometime soon!

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 20:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altPAUL LOREN is a native New Yorker who won himself plenty of friends on the soul scene with his last single, 'All By Myself'. Little wonder, Paul says his influences are early R&B and soul, jazz and Brill Building pop, Paul says: "I started singing at 3 years old along with the little 45rpm records my mom would play and started playing piano at 4 years old. The voices I remember most and identify with are Ray Charles, Frankie Valli, Sam Cooke, Sinatra, Aretha, Otis, and Tony Bennett." And his latest single betrays many of those influences.

'I Know A Place' is a lazy, old school soul groove with a hint of the great Sam Cooke about it. The song is Paul's optimistic plea for a more unified and peaceful world. The track is the focus tune on Mr. L's upcoming EP – 'Selections From Leisurely", which Paul is currently finishing off at the Five & Dime studio in Brooklyn on old magnetic tape machines.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 20:30 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altTHE CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD are one of soul's iconic groups. They were the standard bearers for Holland-Dozier-Holland after their momentous split with Motown and with the mighty trio behind them, the General Johnson-led Chairmen scored hit after hit.

As fashions changed, the Chairmen found a new niche on the Carolina Beach Music scene and after the sad passing of Norman Johnson in 2010, the lead singer's mantle was assumed by Ken Knox. He was chosen especially by Johnson but out of respect for the him, Ken opted to put the Chairmen on hold while he fronted his own outfit, Ken Knox and Company. Their stage show featured their own material as well as plenty of Chairmen hits and their popularity on the Beach Music scene meant they enjoyed local hits with songs like 'Carolina Shuffle' and 'I'm Ready Willin' And Able'.

Ken has now re-convened the Chairmen Of The Board and the trio (Ken, Thomas Hunter and Brandon Stevens) are busy promoting their latest recording – a 7 track EP named for the song 'Words Left Unsaid'. The song is a beautiful old school ballad and if it reminds you of the glory days of Philly soul, you'd be bob on! The song was written by Philly veterans Mervin and Melvin Steals – the "Mystro" and "Lyric" behind countless Philly classics - while the arrangement comes courtesy of another legend, McKinley Jackson... and that trio "Mac-Mer-Mel" are the producers behind the whole mini collection.

Other highlights include the opening 'Each Moring I Wake Up' (a cover of the Major Harris tune), 'All I Need Is You Tonight' (originally recorded by Arthur Prysock for Old Town in 1976) and 'Get Your Lovin'' (a long time Beach Music favourite made popular by the Embers). But, if you like good old, proper soul music –the way it used to be – dip in anywhere here and you won't be disappointed. Retro soul never sounded so good!

The Chairmen Of The Board's 'Words Left Unsaid' is out now on Mo Philly Records and is being promoted by Soul Junction Records in the UK.


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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 20:28 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altNo one would argue that MICHAEL McDONALD possesses one of soul's unique voices and you'll have the opportunity to enjoy it in all its glory when the Blue-Eyed soul boss returns to the UK in 2018 for a three date tour.

Big Mac arrives in March and plays the Manchester Apollo on the 12th; the Birmingham Symphony Hall on the 13th and the Hammersmith Apollo on the 15th.

We're told that Michael will be performing all his classics as well as material from his latest album 'Wide Open'.

Tickets for all concerts go on sale this Friday, 10th November.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 20:25 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

alt'Blame It On My Youth' is the debut recording of hotly-tipped, London-based, US singer JUDI JACKSON. The EP which offers five songs and two brief "interludes" combines elements of soul, jazz and contemporary R&B and followers of the jazz and soul underground are eagerly looking forward to the collection after Judi's guest vocal on Snarky Puppy's 'Family Dinner- Volume 1'

Born in Raonoke, Virginia, Ms Jackson began he music career in tribute shows to people like Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone, but since collaborating with Snarky Puppy, she's very quickly developed her own indentify – writing and performing to appreciative audiences.

JUDI JACKSON'S 'Blame It On My Youth' is released on December 8th.


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