Monday, 23 October 2017 17:48 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGEORGE BENSON has just announced dates for a 2018, nine date, UK tour. We're told the show will feature all of the ten time Grammy winner's hits along with a few surprises.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (27th October) and the dates are below...

June 17th - Bournemouth, BIC

June 18th - Birmingham, Symphony Hall

June 20th - Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

June 21st - Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

June 23rd - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

June 24th - Gateshead, Sage

June 26th - London, Royal Albert Hall

June 27th - London, Royal Albert Hall

June 29th - Southend, Cliffs Pavilion

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Monday, 23 October 2017 17:46 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThrough the year we've been singing the praises of ERIC ROBERSON. He's popped up all over the place guesting here and guesting there. Of course, there's' also been his own work – two of a promised three EPs that are the man's oblique tribute to Earth Wind And Fire. Both EPs 'Earth' and 'Wind' were well received and defined what Neo/Nu Soul is currently all about and many commentators picked up on the Will Downing duet 'Lyrics Of Pleasure' as one of 2017's best.

Now, as promised, Eric delivers the third instalment – 'Fire' –another excellent 8 tracker that maintains the momentum set up by 'Earth' and 'Wind'. Musically, 'Fire' offers the same soundscape, but lyrically Eric takes a more political stance. It's most obvious on 'Slave Owners' – a snappy collaboration with rapper Dwayne Jordan with wry comments on the Land Of The Free and the right to hope and dream. It's powerful without being in-your-face didactic.

'Leave The Door Open' is another that on the surface is a modern soul dancer, but lyrically it poses some interesting questions ... like "you're looking good but what good are you actually doing"? 'More Than Stars' probes too... asking whether we know who we actually are and what we stand for, while 'Love Is All That Matters' speaks for itself.

Like 'Earth' and 'Wind', 'Fire' is proper modern soul music and it's out right now, on Dome Records.

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Monday, 23 October 2017 17:44 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe 'Love Says Yes!' long player from UK soul outfit THE SOULNATURALS won lots of support from soul commentators, knowing DJs and savvy soul buffs earlier this year.

Now the band, maintain the momentum with a new, pacey, dance-friendly single 'Say That You Love Me'. For the cut, the band once again bring in premier Aussie soulstress KYLIE AULDIST who delivers the cute but groove–heavy love song with her usual passion and commitment.

The original tweak is bob on the contemporary soul vibe but if you prefer things a little different there's also a "Dr Packer" remix. "Dr" Greg packer is an Aussie DJ – a pioneer of the Antipodean scene and famed for his Ibizan Glitterbox nights – and he cranks up 'Say That You Love Me' a tasteful tad whilst adding some lively disco flourishes!

'Say That You Love Me' by the SOULNATURALS will be released on November 17th 2017 on British Soul Standard.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe lovely CARLA COOKE has a remarkable soul pedigree. She's the youngest daughter of the legendary Sam Cooke and like dad, Carla learned her craft in the church. And like Sam, Carla eventually embraced secular music and has since enjoyed a successful career fronting The Daughters of Rhythm and Blues and performing in the show 'Wondrous Stories'.

Right now Carla's busy promoting her own solo album – 'A Time To Remember', a nine song set that moves easily between gospel and soul and to keep her father's legacy alive she covers two his songs. One is the iconic anthem 'A Change Is Gonna Come'; the other is the plaintive 'Lost And Looking' which originally appeared on Sam's 'Night Beat' album. Here Carla offers the song a capella as she does with her version of 'Summertime' – both highlight the soulful purity of her voice... her father's daughter, for sure!

Other album highlights include the gospel-inspired 'Not Gonna Let You Go' (which owes something to 'A Change Is Gonna Come') , the sweet pop/soul of 'Forgive Me' (the best song Whitney Houston never recorded!) and the jaunty, gospel message song 'I Want To Thank You'.

Take Sam Cooke out of the equation here and 'A Time To Remember' would still be an inspiring, enjoyable contemporary soul album, but the link with Sam just adds something really special.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:03 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe latest release on Quantize Records is an irresistible dance groove, 'Jam'. The label credits the tune to EMKAYBE. We're told that the mysterious EmKayBe's roots are in gospel music (you can hear the influence on 'Jam') but the big, big attraction of this tune is the soulful vocal from a certain ANN NESBY!

We've not heard too much from Miss Ann for a while but here she shows she's lost none of her power and inspirational qualities on a tune that simply yells optimism. EmKayBe says: "I know there is nothing new under the Sun, but I want to put out and produce music that encourages the best aspects of human life. We have enough negative energy around us already. Hopefully, I can lift people up with my music while at the same time leaving them with a thoughtful message toward positive actions".... so as Ann Nesby exhorts in the song "Jam"!

EmKayBe Featuring Ann Nesby "JAM" -Quantize Recordings - Out Now

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