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Month: June 2021

What does Black Music mean to you?

For the final weekend of Black Music Month, I want to broadcast/stream the truly broad and representative stroke of genres. You listeners of The Soul Show are invited to suggest artists for the 6/26/21 playlist. It will be painful to whittle it down to 35 songs, but you’ll be making sure I don’t forget anyone. Thanks!

Submissions by 6/23, please, so I can start the process.

One more thing: We need and want women properly balanced in this presentation.

One more one more thing: If anyone would like this last piece TSS merch inventory, send me your address. I’m at – Women’s Small Vee, 100% Cotton (“Natty Dread no jestah, me nah wear polyestah“)

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TSS: Juneteenth, Black Music Month, new Masta Ace, SSM’s Album Picks


On TSS this weekend, I celebrate Black Music Month with a broad, representative stroke, from the classics to the now. I’m playing artists and themes featured during this weekend’s Juneteenth celebrations in Pittsburgh. Get ready for new conscious music from Masta Ace.  His latest releases have shaken to the core. I’ll announce the latest Jazz Is Dead installment from Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Pittsburgh City Paper’s June installment of Soulshowmike’s Album Picks lists favorite songs of summer.  It’s that time of year, and I’ll feature those tracks. On Three Rivers at Three, the weekly spotlight on Pittsburgh music, The Soul Show continues the dive into Miss Freddye’s new album, “Lady of the Blues.”

African American Public Radio Consortium

The syndicated edition of TSS features something from #KingButch, the Butcher Brown album I picked for this month’s City Paper column. New funk/jazz from Joe Marcinek, with guest artists from The Nth Power and other bands. More from the new George Benson album.


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#Juneteenth celebrations, Day 1: A busy day allowed me to catch only the last 20 minutes of Ohio Players. I found a lucky parking spot on Stanwix and scampered down to the Point. Wonderful crowd. Two days of festivities left this weekend. [soulshowmike images, including the patented pole-eye view, June ’21]

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TSS: CWIII, Benson, Prince & more Minneapolis Connection

WYEP’s edition of The Soul Show remembered Clarence Williams III, aka the counterculture cop Linc Hayes on The Mod Squad (’68-’73). Later he was Prince’s tormented dad in Purple Rain. The title track weaves the memories of the two together, with a Prince birthday this week.

Three Rivers at Three, the Pittsburgh music showcase, was jumbo-sized. There were eight tracks over 40 minutes, including a new gem from Slam Band & Sam. Also, more from Miss Freddye’s new release.

Rasheed Ali’s final(?) installment of the ‘1968’ series just dropped. It’s called ‘Hindsight is 20/20.’ Another hard-funk single from Dumpstaphunk’s latest album was also featured. For the ongoing fiftieth-anniversary lookbacks of this year, Eddie Palmieri’s ‘Harlem River Drive’ masterpiece was spotlighted. The newest music from Rhiannon Giddens, George Benson and Cameron Graves was on tap.

The syndicated, weeklong edition of The Soul Show jumps off with Brian Edwards, the one-time percussionist of Jesse Johnson. JJ, of course, was The Time’s guitarist in their Minneapolis heyday. I play the other new D-Phunk single, and everything from Alberta Hunter to Heatwave to Black Pumas. Chicago Soul Jazz Collective closes out the evening.

The archives of both shows will be available on demand soon. Enjoy.

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