Ana Popovic Featured on the Latest Episode of Dunlop Sessions

Posted on October 04, 2016

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Enjoy the latest episode of Dunlop Sessions that features guitarist, singerANA Popovic, performing with her band and discussing her love of the guitar, breaking into the scene as a woman, and the joy of playing live. You can view the whole session here

Kelsey Waldon Debuts "You Can Have It"

Posted on July 22, 2016

The brightest country debut of 2014 might very well have beenKelsey Waldon’s The Goldmine, a record as sensitive as it was tough, with a few tunes like “High in Heels” written on a par with Merle and Townes. Now the Nashville singer from Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, is back with a much-awaited followup, I’ve Got a Way, due to be released on August 12. Today, she’s debuting her second single from the record, “You Can Have It.”

“While writing this album, I was going through many transitions in my life… as we usually are,” Waldon said over email. “I was reaching a place where I was very much over false pride, false confidence, and also just petty things.” I like the little line It takes a bigger person these days, which, coming from a singer with a clear reverence for the classics, doesn't feel like some kind of judgement on a broader past or wayward generation. It’s you or me that's changed; these days since the deal went sour, the kitchen plates were broken, somebody moved out on somebody.

“It's that moment in your life where the fear of missing out doesn't matter so much anymore, and the pressure of pleasing really starts to wear off,” she continued. “I tend to believe pure happiness starts when you step away from such a shallow mentality. Do what feels right to you and do it for the right reasons, and it's fine if it's not well received at first. Do it anyway.” Hell yeah.


I-D Premiere: Badbadnotgood, In Your Eyes ft. Charlotte Day Wilson

Posted on July 06, 2016

BADBADNOTGOOD dropping a new record is always a cause for celebration. Be it their solo work or their collaborations with the likes of Tyler, the Creator, MF Doom, Kanye, Drake, Rihanna, their blend of seductively crafted instrumental hip hop jazz has had us melting since they dropped their self released, self titled 2011 debut. Since then, the band have dropped two more albums and a collaboration with Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah. Now, the Innovative Leisure homed group are back with their fourth studio album IV, which features collaborations with Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada and this cut featuring fellow resident of 'The 6', Charlotte Day Wilson. Getting its first spin from Benji B on BBC Radio 1, i-D are pleased to share In Your Eyes.

"'I can see it in your eyes'" said Leland Whitty as he popped his plug in the mouth, took the bag and ran… Our collab with Charlotte Day Wilson came together in the wondrous 'Studio 69'. We were booked to share the stage in Los Angeles for a Red Bull event and decided we should get in the lab and hang. I went to high school with Charlotte and at the time wasn't aware of her incredible singing and songwriting talent. She was playing sax sitting in the chair next to the drums and said to me "damn you got swag son". Ever since we've been making heat in the lab and are planning to get back and keep crafting hit rekkids!" - Alex Sowinski, BBNG.


Elmore Magazine Reviews William Bell & Catherine Russell Live At Brooklyn Academy of Music R&B Festival

Posted on June 23, 2016

William Bell, who wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” with Booker T. Jones (a tune first recorded by Albert King and made legend by Eric Clapton and Cream), performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s R&B Festival at MetroTech. The weather was perfect and the music was inspiring. The horn section showcased Stan Harrison on sax, Larry Etkin (the Uptown Horns), on trumpet and Rick Depofi, composer, arranger, music producer and recording engineer, on tenor sax.; Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, songwriter and the band leader John Leventhal played guitar; Dan Reiser sat in on drums, Andrew Hess (formerly of Gov’t Mule) on bass, and Eryn Roberts on keyboards.

Helping William Bell on vocals was Catherine Russell, who worked with David Bowie from 2002 through 2004, and was a backup singer for such artists as Steely Dan, Jackson Browne and Rosanne Cash (aka Mrs. John Leventhal).

The band played William’s 1961 debut song for Stax Records “You Don’t Miss Your Water (Until Your Well Runs Dry),” which became one of the label’s first major hits. As his career was taking flight William Bell was drafted and did a tour in the army, possibly sidelining his chances for bigger stardom..

The group also played some songs from the new album This Is Where I Live, including the title song and “The Three of Me,” “Poison In The Well,” “I Will Take Care Of You,” “Mississippi-Arkansas Bridge,” and “All Your Stories.” If the CD is anything like the live performance, this is an album that should definitely be in your collection.

—Stanley Abraham

William Bell's Soulful Return

Posted on June 23, 2016

Now that his voice is being heard once again, William Bell is being hailed as a soul titan. But for too many years, Bell was reduced to a shadow existence as a used-to-be. Bell first got some notice when he wrote and recorded “You Don't Miss Your Water” in '61, but Otis' version in '67 is the one everybody remembers. In '67, Bell co-wrote another memorable hit, “Born under A Bad Sign,” with keyboardist Booker T (Booker T and the MGs.) And once again, somebody else stole all the thunder. In this case it was Earl King and his Gibson Flying V that got the attention with it in '67, then Cream fired it up again the following year. Bell got some notice almost on his own the following year, teaming up with Judy Clay for the soul classic “Private Number.”

He had some sole success with '66's “Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need)” and 1968's "I Forgot to Be Your Lover." But once again, somebody else made the top of the charts with it, this time Billy Idol with a remake of the song in '86 as “To Be A Lover.”

Over the years Bell continued to record, adding his mellifluous soul croon to sessions with Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, and Mavis Staples, all on one record, '69's “Soul-A-Lujah.” He also put out singles with Staples and Thomas, and continued to put out albums on his own, recording his last one in '06.

But this time the spotlight is all on him. At 76, his voice hasn't diminished a bit, still the same mellow caress that makes his version of “Born Under A Bad Sign” a soulful lament rather than an electfried, bellicose announcement of badness.

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