Valerie Simpson, at 75 on 8/26/21, occupies an outsized space in the history of soul. We honor her work as a Motown writer, as a performer, and as a feminist voice.
On TSS, Mike Canton is excited to crack open the new album from Nigel Hall, Lettuce keyboardist and departed founder of The Nth Power. ’Spiritual’ is significant in that it is his catharsis after a period of substance abuse.
On The Soul Show, there’s lots of new music: a deeper dive into Amethyst Kiah’s album; a track from Allison Russell, her collaborator on the acclaimed Our Native Daughters project; Earth, Wind & Fire; and more
Mike Canton honors The Stones’ Charlie Watts in a soulful way on The Soul Show this Saturday
Mike Canton had a phone call this week with Ropeadope Records president Louis Marks. Hear something from the new Bakithi Kumalo release, which represents Ropeadope’s increased focus on non-American (world) music.
On The Soul Show, Mike will play something from the 1972 Esther Marrow album ’Sister Woman.’ It’s an important piece in the vein of Roberta Flack and Nina Simone.
Join Mike Canton on Saturday for a soliloquy from Abbey Lincoln on her multilayered entertainment life, followed by a piece from ‘Abbey Is Blue.’ The Soul Show always wraps historical context around the music.
‘Three Rivers at Three’ is The Soul Show’s weekly showcase on Pittsburgh. Mike Canton plays an extended track from Leaky Faucet in preparation for their CD release party that evening.
There will be reflections on (1) George Porter’s fine performance in Ardmore, PA last weekend (2) CMP‘s ‘Just Summer’ series wrap-up with Tony Grey.