Sweet Soul Music - Dan Penn, Donnie Fritts, Eddie Hinton, Muscle Shoals sound in general, etc - C or C?

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Surprisingly few threads covering this. What are some of your favorite records to come out of FAME studios? Favorite tunes? Production jobs? Been on a big Donnie Fritts kick this weekend. Prone To Lean is killer.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Sunday, 20 March 2011 16:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Classic, of course, but often overlooked outside of random (and not so random) boosters such as the Drive-By Truckers, Neil Young, Nick Lowe and a few others. Gotta love the Staples' "I'll Take You There," Stones' "Wild Horses," among many, many others. The roll call here is kind of awe-inspiring:


Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 20 March 2011 17:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good book pertaining to this subject is Get a Shot of Rhythm and Blues: The Arthur Alexander Story, by Richard Younger.

Suspicious Hive Minds (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Better than you might expect:

Eddie Hinton's album of late demos 'Letter from Mississippi'

I'm Street but I Know my Roots (sonofstan), Sunday, 20 March 2011 22:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

timely thread -- was just thinking about getting this
Sweet Inspiration - The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham
1. OUT OF LEFT FIELD - Percy Sledge
2. I'M YOUR PUPPET - Dionne Warwick
3. SWEET INSPIRATION - The Sweet Inspirations
4. A WOMAN LEFT LONELY - Charlie Rich
6. I'M LIVING GOOD (VERSION 2) - The Ovations
7. TAKE ME (JUST AS I AM) - Solomon Burke
8. CRY LIKE A BABY - Arthur Alexander
9. IT TEARS ME UP - Jeanne Newman
10. SLIPPIN' AROUND - Art Freeman
11. I MET HER IN CHURCH - Tony Borders
14. EVERYTHING I AM - The Box Tops
15. FEED THE FLAME - Ted Taylor
17. IN THE SAME OLD WAY - Arthur Conley
18. DENVER - Ronnie Milsap
19. DREAMER - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles
21. I NEED SOMEONE - The Wallace Brothers
22. HE AIN'T GONNA DO RIGHT - Barbara Lynn
24. LET'S DO IT OVER - Joe Simon


tylerw, Sunday, 20 March 2011 22:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Despite having lived in Muscle Shoals for six years, I'm woefully undereducated on the history outside of the big names that came through.

Used to eat in a diner right next door to FAME all the time, though. It was called Biscuit Village and it was fun to take a n00b there and just order one biscuit.

"Is one biscuit going to be enough?"
"You'll see."

And then they'd bring out a HUGE biscuit that was, no exaggeration, the size of the plate it was sitting on. I don't think I ever finished one.

They tore it down a few years ago and now a CVS is sitting there. A goddamn C V S!!!!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 20 March 2011 22:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mesage from amazon re that UK label compiled comp:
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 March 2011 00:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Huh, no "Dark End of the Street" on that comp. Isn't that their ringer?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 March 2011 00:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah that seemed weird to me, too. too predictable? i don't know. that and i'm your puppet are the big ones i think. comp still looks pretty rad.

tylerw, Monday, 21 March 2011 01:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Interview with Donnie Fritts, with some funny stories about his interactions with famous people : http://swampland.com/articles/view/title:funky_donnie_fritts_the_gritz_interview

She Got The Goldwax (I Got The Son Of Shaft) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 10 June 2011 14:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow, the teenage Jonathan Rosenbaum that was hanging around during the early Muscle Shoals days was indeed the film critic of the same name.

She Got The Goldwax (I Got The Son Of Shaft) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2011 15:13 (seven years ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 June 2011 21:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Other famous people originally from the Quad Cities: Sam Phillips and his brother Jud, who released the first Arthur Alexander single on his Judd Records, Helen Keller, who was born in Tuscumbia.

James & Bobby Quantify (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 June 2011 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


Anyone managed to see this yet?

As a former Muscle Shoals resident for a most of the nineties, I feel like a doc of this nature is long overdue.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Is another one of those awesome looking docs that never seem to get a release beyond the pitch-perfect trailer? See also: Big Star doc, Mekons doc, Wrecking Crew doc ...

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:26 (five years ago) Permalink

This looks great, but yeah, the licensing hurdles don't bode well for a DVD release.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

This getting stuck in licensing hell would be a crime against humanity imo.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 20:59 (five years ago) Permalink


Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:17 (five years ago) Permalink


Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:20 (five years ago) Permalink

At least this one has a release pending ...


Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...


Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Just saw the movie doc yesterday. Mostly good telling of the story and some great old clips plus recent interviews. Rick Hall has had some heartbreak in his life. Bad---too much Bono barely any Dan Penn; and not enough interview questions to the African-American artists re race issues.

Touching moment afterwards in the q & a with the director, when a woman stands up and says, "Hi, I'm Wilson Pickett's youngest daughter," and then she proceeds to thank the director for the portions of the movie regarding her father

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 June 2013 18:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Some great Aretha and Etta and Candi performance footage. Lots of anecdotes-- I did not know that "Respect" was recorded in NYC with the Muscle Shoals band (minus the horn player who Aretha's then husband believed was getting flirtatious with Aretha)

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 June 2013 18:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Ooh, can't wait to see it!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 24 June 2013 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

want to see!

how did i miss this thread? i love the donnie fritts album.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Monday, 24 June 2013 19:05 (five years ago) Permalink

awesome, v excited

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 24 June 2013 19:06 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw it at the AFI Docs film fest, director said general release will happen in September

More anecdotes:
I did not know that Duane Allman encouraged Wilson Pickett to cover "Hey Jude".

A consulting producer on the film, writer Holly George-Warren, did a presentation at the EMP Pop Conference in New Orleans that went into way more detail re Arthur Alexander, great singer, produced by Rick Hall, who had songs covered by the Stones and Beatles and Bob Dylan. Mick and Keith do talk briefly in the doc about Arthur at least.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 June 2013 19:07 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to listen to Donnie Fritts. Who is in the movie if I recall correctly.

Regretting that I never saw Wilson Pickett perform. The footage of him in this is great.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to check and see if this will be screened in Muscle Shoals. I would think so, and if that's the case I might drive over and see it there.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

The director said they already did a special screening down there for some of the folks that are in the movie. Oh, the movie also devotes a fair amount of attention to the Allman Brothers and Lyrnard Skynard. "Sweet Home Alabama" plays over part of the closing credits. This part of the movie did not interest me as much (but that's my music tastes).

Was looking at "Muscle Shoals" in twitter, and saw a funny tweet from a college kid working at a CVS down there wondering why folks with British accents were in the store.

Also, this just happened:



Muscle Shoals Sound studio (the studio owned at one point by the musicians--not the Fame Studio of Rick Hall) has now been bought by the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. The person who had owned it would not let the movie documentary folks inside.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Muscle Shoal's Dan Penn re Bobby Bland (an old interview reposted)but he also talks a lot about the role of radio back then and what he discovered via it


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:36 (five years ago) Permalink

When I was living there in the 90s, the original Muscle Shoals Sound building at 3614 Jackson Hwy was a run down washer-dryer repair and parts shop. It made me sad. The studio itself had moved to a larger structure a few miles away by then. I'm glad they're finally taking steps to preserve the original.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...



Brooklyn, NY: Nitehawk 3
Chicago, IL: Landmark's Century Centre Cinema

Bridgeport, CT: Bijou Theatre

Miami, FL: O Cinema

Asbury Park, NJ: The ShowRoom
Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
Nashville, TN: Belcourt Theatre
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
San Francisco, CA: Opera Plaza Cinemas 4
Santa Fe, NM: The Screen
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre

San Rafael, CA: Smith Rafael Film Center

Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Bellingham, WA: Pickford Film Center 3
Birmingham, AL: Edge 12
Denver, CO: Chez Artiste
Durham, NC: Carolina Theatre - Durham
Florence, AL: Regency 12
Greensboro, NC: Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema
Little Rock, AR: Market Street Cinema
Palm Desert, CA: Cinemas Palme D'Or 7
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre
Tallahassee, FL: Tallahassee Film Society / All Saints Cinema
Washington, DC: West End Cinema
West Newton, MA: West Newton Cinema 6
Winston-Salem, NC: Aperture Cinema

Boulder, CO: Boedecker Theater

Milwaukee, WI: University of WI - Union Theatre

Asheville, NC: Carolina Asheville 14
Athens, GA: Cine Theatre
Mobile, AL: Crescent Theatre
Montgomery, AL: Capri Community Film Society
San Luis Obispo, CA: Palm Cinema

Bellingham, WA: Pickford Film Center 3
Charleston, SC: Terrace Theatre
Richmond, VA: Criterion Cinemas at Movieland

Ooltewah, TN: Barking Legs Theater

Boulder, CO: International Film Series

Albuquerque, NM: Guild
Lafayette, LA: Acadiana Center for the Arts

Fort Worth, TX: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Park City, UT: Park City Film Series

Houston, TX: The Museum of Fine Arts

Huntsville, AL: Flying Monkey Arts Center

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 04:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Go see it (despite the movie having some flaws)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Tonight on Late Show with David Letterman, catch a special musical performance from the film Muscle Shoals, featuring R&B legend Candi Staton, Jason Isbell, John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and The Swampers (Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson & David Hood). They will perform "I Ain't Easy To Love" which is featured in the Magnolia Pictures film Muscle Shoals, in theaters now & available on iTunes and On Demand everywhere.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 October 2013 03:02 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Oh y'all, so good!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 20 October 2013 21:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I won free tickets and saw it again.

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 October 2013 04:14 (five years ago) Permalink

kill Bono

Simon H., Monday, 21 October 2013 06:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't mind anything Bono had to say, but his fucking stupid glasses were killing me.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 21 October 2013 06:05 (five years ago) Permalink

heard mixed reviews of this from a few friends.
one friend was real bummed that they didn't talk to penn/oldham abt their songwriting at all.

ian, Monday, 21 October 2013 22:30 (five years ago) Permalink

If you go into it with the knowledge that it's largely the story of Rick Hall and what was going on in his sphere, you'll realize that veering off into things like Penn and Oldham talking about the writing process didn't have any relevance to the story being told. Anecdotes, perhaps. But no real meaty content.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 21 October 2013 22:32 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think it was a problem of her expectations w/r/t the film.

ian, Monday, 21 October 2013 22:36 (five years ago) Permalink

That said, I'd like to think there is A LOT of good interview excerpts that would show up on a dvd release.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 21 October 2013 22:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Joe McEwen talking about Dan Penn on Peter Guralnick's blog:


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 October 2013 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This is coming to my town next month, with a post-screening q&a with the director! Can't wait.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:37 (five years ago) Permalink

If you go into it with the knowledge that it's largely the story of Rick Hall and what was going on in his sphere, you'll realize that veering off into things like Penn and Oldham talking about the writing process didn't have any relevance to the story being told. Anecdotes, perhaps. But no real meaty content.

― Johnny Fever, Monday, October 21, 2013

Not sure I buy this completely. I think adding more in about Hall benfited from Arthur Alexander's singing and songwriting early on; and about how Hall benefited from Penn/Oldham's writing and from Candi Staton and others vocals, would tell a fuller and more complete story about Rick Hall and the studio and region. Instead we got more Bono, plus Skynard.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink

about how Hall benefited

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

You act like Bono was all over the film. He had probably a minute of screen time.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 17:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Great interview!

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 January 2015 05:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Interesting stuff

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 January 2015 16:49 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

RIP Percy Sledge. There's a separate thread on his passing

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 15:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Hadn't seen this before, great stuff. Ye olde Southern Rock thread has some relevant bits as well (ditto the Big Star thread, occasionally). So far, I'm digging the way Alabama Shakes are finding self-expression in reconfigurations of sounds usually confined to nostalgia these days: like the mix is the remix, but no turntables etc., far as I can tell.

dow, Tuesday, 14 April 2015 21:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Have not been a fan of the Shakes so far, while the singer's voice can be impressive, other times she is too Janis Joplin like. The band's playing I like even less. Have not heard their new one yet, though.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:51 (three years ago) Permalink

That link leads to the new album, Sound and Color, which I got into a lot faster than the debut full-length (liked the EP before that right away). I think they re-work/respond to their influences in a pretty creative way.

dow, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, do yall know Beale Street Caravan? Weekly sets, from clubs, concerts, festivals, even cruises sometimes. Pretty good range of artists and styles, usually blues and vintage R&B.
Another young band making good use of classic influences, whom I think of as soul-rock (horns and arrangements def soul, guitar and vocals can be more impulsive, keys--!): Birmingham's St. Paul and the Broken Bones. good at Coachella, even better here: http://bealestreetcaravan.com/listen/shows/2015-04-08Shows can be streamed or downloaded, usually.

dow, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:26 (three years ago) Permalink

They got a sweet set by Allen Toussaint too!

dow, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 13:36 (three years ago) Permalink

American Routes also post shows, 2 hours weekly. Unlike Beale Street Caravan, AR's mostly from records (with an original interview in each hour). The Original Pinettes Brass Band are a find: immediately engaging sound of young female players, who have a lot of dayjob and family obligations, but they've really gotten it together. The following playlist gives the title of the track, then the album (the latter italicized in AR's original post).

Can stream or (if have Firefox's FlashGot, maybe other apps elsewhere) download: http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archives/show/895/soul-sisters

Hour One

Open Bed: Soul Sister Yusek Lateef
1984, Impulse
I Can't Stand It The Soul Sisters
The Sue Story: The Sound of Soul, New York City, Parlophone
I'm a Woman Peggy Lee
The Best of Miss Peggy Lee, Capitol
Sally Go Round the Roses The Jaynetts
Chess Rhythm & Roll, MCA/ Chess
SEGMENT Justine "Baby" Washington
Workout Baby Washington
45rpm, Neptune
Clean Up Woman Betty Wright
Best of Betty Wright, Rhino
Instrumental: The Soul Explosion Illinois Jackquet
The Soul Explosion, Prestige
Reconsider Me Margaret Lewis
Shreveport Stomp: Ram Records Volume 1, Ace
Why Not Me The Judds
Why Not Me, RCA
Soul Deep Tina Turner
Country My Way, K-tel
Five Long Years Tina Turner
Bold Soul Sister: Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings , Blue Thumb
Tramp Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
The Complete Stax Volt Singles 1959-1968, Stax/ Volt
Instrumental: Soul Twist King Curtis & The Noble Knights
Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol.4: Soul, Rhino
SEGMENT Maxine Brown
Soul Serenade Maxine Brown
Greatest Hits, Tomato
Angel from Montgomery Bonnie Raitt
Streetlights, Warner Bros.
Far Celestial Shore Mavis Staples
One True Vine, Anti
End Bed: Soul Serenade Willie Mitchell
Hot Rods Rock: Big Boss Instrumentals Vol. 3, Right Stuff

Hour 2

Open Bed: All For You The Funk Brothers
The Best of the Funk Brothers, Motown
Go To The Mardi Gras The Original Pinettes
Finally, self-produced
Mary Mack Lilly's Chapel School, recorded by Harold Courlander
Negro Folk Music of Alabama, Vol.6: Ring Game Songs and Others, Folkways
Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin
Spirit in the Dark, Rhino
Soul Sister Allen Toussaint
The Complete Warner Recordings, Rhino
SEGMENT Chris Clark
Instrumental: Whitey Lambchop
Nashville: The Other Side of the Alley, Bloodshot
These Boots are Made for Walking Loretta Lynn
Honky Tonk Girl, MCA
I'm a Honky Tonk Girl Eilen Jewell
Eilen Jewell Presents Butcher Holler, Signature Sounds
Blues a Catin Bonsoir Catin
Blues a Catin, Bridgetown
Down on Me Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin
Big Brother & The Holding Company, Sony
You'll Lose a Good Thing Barbara Lynn
You'll Lose a Good Thing, Jaime/ Arctic
Careless Love Dr. Michael White with Cynthia Girtley
Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part I, Basin Street
Instrumental: One Naughty Flat AFO Executives
Compendium, AFO
SEGMENT The Original Pinettes Brass Band

dow, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 14:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh nice---Concord's Stax/Volt series continues (would also like to check new McCrary Sisters release at end of this column: they were compelling in recent public media fundraise--joined by Lee Ann Womack, even---and on archived Music City Roots livestream [show re Nashville's soul side history] w Fairfield Four, one of whom is their Dad) http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/music/20150416_Stax_leads_a_pack_of_strong_roots_releases.html

dow, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Some interesting discussion on the Yahoo southern soul email digest re who worked with Percy Sledge in the early days and where-Sheffield or Florence, Al vs Muscle Shoals ( and with Marlin Greene, later Malaco label heads Tommy Couch and Mitchell Malouf, Jimmy Johnson), and other great songs of his-- "Out Of Left Field", "Cover Me" and "It Tears Me Up".

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:48 (three years ago) Permalink


I heard Charles Hughes speak at an EMP conference in New Orleans a few years back. I was impressed. I rarely read Paste, but this was one of the first reviews of the book that I have seen.

Country Soul, a brilliant new exploration of the racial politics of the southern music recording scene from the early 1960s to the early 1980s, paints a less black-and-white picture than Sweet Soul Music or any other book on southern music that’s come before it.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 13:36 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I need to get and read that book

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 June 2015 18:07 (three years ago) Permalink

paints a less black-and-white picture...

o rly?

wizzz! (amateurist), Monday, 29 June 2015 18:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Another set from xpost Beale Street Caravan: The City Champs, veteran back-up for Rufus Thomas, Alex Chilton, Otis Clay, many others, and one of 'em's currently in St. Paul and The Broken Bones (whose own BSC show is posted upthread).
But this is not just the typical result of support aces left to their own jammy, foggy notions:

dow, Monday, 29 June 2015 18:52 (three years ago) Permalink


Johnny Depp wants to produce a scripted series based on the events/people in the Muscle Shoals doc. I...don't know about this.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 16:11 (three years ago) Permalink

idk, seems like a cool project? he seems like a p thoughtful dude in interviews, even if his movies are annoying

i mean unless he makes everyone wear thirty scarves & dumb hats who cares if he's just producing it

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 18:26 (three years ago) Permalink

i imagine it'll be like "tremé" just in alabama

in other words, boring as fuck

wizzz! (amateurist), Wednesday, 8 July 2015 19:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Duck Dunn DeMarco

Oh wait

How I Wrote Matchstick Men (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 July 2015 01:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Will it just focus on uh, Depp as Rick Hall, and not have Jamie Foxx as Arthur Alexander and I dunno, Chiwetal Ejiofor as Percy Sledge, and Beyonce as Candi Staton

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 July 2015 14:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Beyonce already played Etta James...

Number None, Thursday, 9 July 2015 14:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I know

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Might create problems down the line if they want to do a crossover with the Cadillac Records universe

Number None, Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Ha ha

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Just read a little of the Charles L. Hughes book curmudgeon mentioned. So far, so good. Seems like the guy knows what he is talking about, has carefully read the existing literature and can write and think clearly about the seemingly contradictory complications that have been glossed over in what has become the official narrative up until now without the "the Aha, you are RONG!" moments capsizing his argument.

Askeladden Sane (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 July 2015 06:13 (three years ago) Permalink

Okay, just finished. Both of you guys should read.

Crawling From The Blecchage (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 July 2015 11:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Okay, just finished. Both of you guys should read.

Crawling From The Blecchage (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 July 2015 11:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Still not used to latest zing app sorry for double post

Crawling From The Blecchage (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 July 2015 13:52 (three years ago) Permalink

No problem. Looking forward to reading the Charles L. Hughes book. I was impressed with a presentation I saw him do at an EMP Pop Conference in New Orleans.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 July 2015 14:04 (three years ago) Permalink

At the end he mentions the EMP and all the great people he met there including Ned

Crawling From The Blecchage (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 July 2015 14:29 (three years ago) Permalink


Awww man, this was streamed live last night and I missed it.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 July 2015 18:06 (three years ago) Permalink

The Muscle Shoals All-Stars
with special guests Patterson Hood, Bettye LaVette, Sam Moore, and Dan Penn
Donnie Fritts and John Paul White

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Damrosch Park

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 July 2015 18:07 (three years ago) Permalink

A friend says it might still work:

http://lcoutofdoors.org/events/muscle-shoals-all-star-band http://lcoutofdoors.org/events/muscle-shoals-all-star-band

Sometimes LC streams come and go so it might be worth watching sooner rather than later -- plus you'll need this weekend to watch Porretta soul webcasts!

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 July 2015 18:10 (three years ago) Permalink


Soul fest in Italy this weekend

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 July 2015 18:12 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...


20 minute movie doc on Donnie Fritts online here

curmudgeon, Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Cool thanks.

You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Meme O RLY (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 31 January 2016 22:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah thanks, I really enjoyed that.

Tim, Monday, 1 February 2016 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Here, NPR's Tom Moon claims that vintage journeyman Charles Bradley's new Changes moves past the Stax/Volt tropes of his first two, Daptones-backed albums, but, although the horns aren't as prominent, the reverb rhythm guitar and/or keys maybe move it from associations with '67 to dawn of the 70s, very cautiously. Which is fine when he occasionally creates an effective contrast with the relatively cool backing, or eases up just a bit himself--on the the final three tracks mainly---but most of the time he's singing too insistently, like "Notice Meeee, my time has finally come!", which is when I tend to notice that he's not a distinctive stylist, so get out of my face with the "drama," esp. when the songs aren't that distinguished either---the other albums aren't at hand, but seems like he did better when candidly or overtly writing from his own experience (getting past this is also supposed to be a refreshing step, claims Moon, lest the "well of experience runs dry" or something like that).
Mostly he wants to stay rough and wired, so maybe just speed it up more next time? Anyway, some of it's pretty okay, and more may grow on me: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/22/471312866/first-listen-charles-bradley-changes

dow, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh, and speaking of Fritts, here's my Rolling Country 2015 take:

Spent most of my lunch break w Oh My Goodness, by Donnie Fritts, mostly known as a songwriter and Kristofferson's long-time keyboard player (saw him with KK in Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, so yeah goes back pretty far). Not a good place to soak up the good vocal influences, so maybe that's why it took me a few tracks to get into this. Not that he sounds like his boss, but at times just a bit like a sub-Levon, sub-Bobby Charles, even---he knows how to phrase, but thin pipes can make him a little bit too Mr. Pitiful. Still, musical smarts win out, and he gets aboard the studio bus, which never seems crowded, despite having members of the Swampers, Alabama Shakes, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, John Paul White, even John Prine at one point. It's actually an intimate, mostly late night, sometimes slightly surreal setting, with Spooner Oldham's (and maybe Fritts', and even Will Oldham's) elegant keys, especially, suggesting early Randy Newman (or, you know, vice versa; Spooner's been around a long time too). "Lay It Down" is even a Sir Doug-worthy, anguished call (to self and other) for no-bullshit face-to-face. "Choo Choo Train" could even be a Newman---or Loaded-era VU---track. I think. It is a down home geezer album, but rec to those who like any of the musical associations mentioned, without being dependent on them.

dow, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Tom Moon can get a bit over-enthusiastic about albums, in my view. I haven't heard the new Bradley yet though

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 March 2016 14:01 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

May 30, 2017

In Stores July 28

1972 release is reissued with six bonus tracks, plus liner notes
from Barry Hansen (Dr. Demento and former Warner Bros. staff writer)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — When the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Dusty Springfield, George Jones & Johnny Paycheck, Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and countless other artists cover your songs, you must be on to something.

Arthur Alexander was a songwriter and song stylist whose first records in the early 1960s—such as “Anna (Go To Him)” and “You Better Move On”—were some of the earliest hits recorded at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios and to feature the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. After a short break at the end of the decade, Alexander released the second of only three albums that he made in his lifetime—a self-titled “comeback” album in 1972.

On July 28, 2017, Omnivore Recordings will reissue Arthur Alexander, expanded with six bonus tracks—two previously unissued.

With new liner notes by Barry Hansen (better known to most as Dr. Demento), the package also features the piece he wrote for the album’s original issue. Arthur Alexander’s 12 tracks were produced by Muscle Shoals bassist Tommy Gogbill, and include a version of “Burning Love”—covered by Elvis Presley shortly after the album’s release. Alexander’s two Warner Bros. follow-up singles are also here, as well as a pair of tracks from the original sessions, unearthed and unheard until now.

As Hansen wrote in the original notes, “Arthur is especially proud of the variety and versatility of his work on this album. All of it is strong medicine, and should be a fine antidote for a lot of bad scenes.”
He adds in the current notes, “[The Omnivore volume] honors the soulful wonderment that Arthur brought forth from his difficult time on earth. “
Arthur Alexander, inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, is a music legend. Arthur Alexander is a legendary recording.

Track Listing:
1. I’m Comin’ Home
2. It Hurts To Want It So Bad
3. Go On Home Girl
4. In The Middle Of It All
5. Burning Love
6. Rainbow Road
7. Love’s Where Life Begins
8. Down The Back Roads
9. Call Me Honey
10. Come Along With Me
11. Call Me In Tahiti
12. Thank God He Came 

Bonus Tracks:
13. Mr. John
14. You Got Me Knockin’
15. Lover Please
16. They’ll Do It Every Time
17. I Don’t Want Nobody
18. Simple Song Of Love 

Tracks 17 & 18 previously unissued 

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Watch (and feel free to post) the Arthur Alexander trailer:

dow, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:55 (one year ago) Permalink


I'm gonna go do a tour of the Fame and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio tours. Hopefully will be entertaining and educational and all that.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:48 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Enjoyed the tours. Fame Studio just has tours at 9am and 4 pm in the afternoon, and is a functioning studio in between tours and after. At 9 am we were waiting as the place was locked up. Then 2 interns showed followed a few minutes later by a guy saying how tired and hungover he was from a late-night session. He was an engineer there and the tourguide and the only one with a key.

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 August 2017 17:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Thu. Sept 28 - Dan Penn - Vernon City Auditorium, Vernon, Alabama -


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:17 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Rick Hall, of Muscle Shoals/Fame Studios


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 03:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Charles Hughes writing in Country Soul re Rick Hall is a must read

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 January 2018 04:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I finally got around to talking to Donnie Fritts late last year: https://www.nashvillescene.com/music/nashville-cream/article/20985423/donnie-fritts-the-cream-interview

eddhurt, Thursday, 4 January 2018 19:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Cool. Look forward to reading.

Charles Hughes writing in Country Soul re Rick Hall is a must read

Indeed. The story of “One Bad Apple” is the centerpiece of that book

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 January 2018 02:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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