Emporia native Kelley Hunt has just issued a new CD titled Beautiful Bones. The album offers plenty of the familiar for Hunt’s longtime fans—there’s gospel, blues, & R&B—but, she says, style isn’t her main consideration when choosing material for a new album.
“I think what I gravitated to at a young age and I find myself doing it still is anything that moves me on a visceral level," she says.
“Release and Be Free” may very well Hunt’s best performance on the album. She says that co-producer Al Berman encouraged her to outdo herself on the track.
Sunday on Soulsations, hear songs from the unforgettable voice of Luther Vandross. The music master was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 3, 2014. Vandross is ranked 54 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and was included as one of NPR's 50 Great Voices in 2010.
Web extra: Luther Vandross performs "A House Is Not A Home" live at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988.
Night Train travels to the bluesy side of town for music from Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Oz Noy, Ray Bryant, Ruth Brown and more. Plus classic tracks from Fats Waller and the Modern Jazz Quartet, and some great jazz piano from Ahmad Jamal, Cyrus Chestnut, Ray Bryant, and Jodie Christian.
Global Village tours the Caribbean for music from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico from the Mini All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club’s Ibrahim Ferrer, Jose Gonzalez, and Burning Spear – plus music from Tin Hat, Madagascar’s D’Gary and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation.
If you’re thinking about attending an Indigo Girls concert or have in the past, you know that you should always expect the unexpected. The band wants to make sure that fans never see the same show twice.
“We’ll throw new songs in. I’ll be working on something and throw it in or we’ll do something with the opening band. We try to keep it fresh by just having a musical experience.”
Band co-founder Amy Ray says there are certain songs that fans have to hear and that the band has to play but those, she adds, are never a chore.