By Lee Cahill
Artist: Charles Bradley
From: Brooklyn, NY
Label: Daptone / Dunham Records
Sounds Like: The ghost of James Brown
Reason to listen: This man has the SADDEST life story, evident in his interviews, and when he sings “Why is it so hard to make it in America?” or “Life is full of sorrow” you believe every bit of the frustration in his voice.
Live: December 31st @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets!
Artist: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
From: Chicago, IL
Label: Bloodshot Records
Sounds Like: Post-Punk Soul with hints of the blues brothers.
Reason to listen: After hearing their cover of “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy asked them to appear at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. Plus Jimmy Sutton (JD McPherson) produced their record!
Live: See them at the Mercury Lounge in NYC tonight! Tickets!
Artist: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
From: Austin, TX
Label: Lost Highway
Sounds Like: Their music combines elements of soul, the blues, and rock n’ roll.
Reason to listen: There’s a great energy to Joe’s tunes in part because Joe writes all his songs on the fly (otherwise they just feel too contrived). Plus, their record was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon.
Live: See them at the Hammerstein Ballroom February 22nd. Tickets!