Farewell to Etta James

 

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Looks like bad news comes in three’s. It’s been a sad week for soul and funk music with the passing of Jimmy Castor, Johnny Otis, and now, Etta James.

The Grammy Hall of Famer died this morning at the age of 73. She will be revered always for her deeply honest vocal style, inspiring so many after her.

Read more on Etta at the LA Times.

 

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RIP Johnny Otis

 

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Johnny Otis, music legend and one of the “first musicians to cross the racial divide,” passed away yesterday at age 90. The man’s influence on soul music, jazz, and even rock-n-roll is an epic movie in and of itself.

Among his many accomplishments and honors are his discovery of Little Esther (Esther Phillips), his co-writing and production of the original version of “Hound Dog” (later covered by Elvis), and recording with Frank Zappa. The tireless entertainer also wore many hats – radio jock, TV presenter, politician, preacher, organic farmer and of course, father of Shuggie Otis.

Read more on the life Johnny at The Guardian website.

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Video: Charles Hammond Jr. – “Hello, My Name Is…”

 

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Singer-songwriter Charles Hammond Jr. is near completion of his debut EP, Hello, My Name Is…. Get a super sneak peak of what’s to come with the teaser video above. Looks like we are going to have another fresh voice to fancy very soon!

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New Release: Scrimshire – ‘The Hollow’

 

Hearing “Home” back in October served as a very promising preview of Scrimshire’s newest album, The Hollow. The album is now out and is all quality from end to end. Ranging from ambient electronic sounds to soul to jazz, the project carries a serene, calming quality perfect for an unwind.

Purchase The Hollow on iTunes | Amazon

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New Track: K’Naan – “Nothing To Lose” ft. Nas

 

On January 24th K’Naan will be releasing his More Beautiful Than Silence. Look out for appearances from Nelly Furtado and Nas as well as production by Ryan Tedder and Chuck Harmony. Above, find the first single from the project, “Nothing to Lose” featuring Nas.

K’Naan speaks on his upcoming EP:

I spent the last year living my life, observing other lives, changing, evolving, then breaking down to the basics. I’ve been good and ugly, sometimes couldn’t tell which was which. I felt the oldest pain in the world for the first time, and found myself lost. All the while, through all the changes the only thing which remained consistent was being in the studio. I sometimes took a matter seriously, and when I realized that the matter was me, I laughed hysterically. I wrote about 60 songs or so. Some of them will probably never be heard by ears other than mine, but some I am now ready to share.

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