Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples

  Mavis Staples can do what she wants. She wanted to sing and there’s almost no one better.  She’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Staples has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree. She’s still singing and writing music. Her newest album, If All I Was Was Black, was released last year. This year,Continue reading “Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples”

Bring the Funk Review: West End Blend

West End Blend came out with a new album this month but I haven’t heard it yet. If it’s anything like their last album, Attitude, then it’s probably super awesome with lots of funk. This is going to be a short blurb. All I want to say is that West End Blend brings the funk.Continue reading “Bring the Funk Review: West End Blend”

Old School Funk: Sly and the Family Stone

  Sly and the Family Stone were super talented musicians. Unfortunately, Sly was not a great businessman. The word is also that he did a lot of drugs back then which probably impaired his judgment.  I read somewhere that he carried his drugs in a violin case. (That is a genius idea- illegal or not.)Continue reading “Old School Funk: Sly and the Family Stone”

Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson

Millie Jackson is sassy. Sassy may be an understatement. If you hear her music, you will not forget who she is. Her career began when someone dared her to enter a talent contest. She won the contest and the bet. I didn’t know who Millie Jackson was before this year. I had heard one ofContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson”

Old School Noise & Funk: James Brown

  What can you say about James Brown? He is usually credited with being the actual creator of funk plus the Godfather of Soul. There are a few things that surprised me while learning more about James Brown. He was involved with music from an early age – way before he went to prison asContinue reading “Old School Noise & Funk: James Brown”

Queens of Funk: Chaka Khan

Can you name anyone else in the band Rufus? I’d be willing to bet that people know Chaka Khan and draw a blank when asked who else is in the band. Rufus is a great band but Chaka Khan stole the show.   I love Chaka Khan. I love her so much that when IContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Chaka Khan”

Old School Noise & Funk: Bootsy Collins

  Bootsy Collins has been part of the funk music scene since 1968. Would people recognize him without the star sunglasses? I don’t think that I would know him without the glasses unless he said something.   Bootsy Collins doesn’t seem to age. The internet says he’s 66 but he seems so much younger. DidContinue reading “Old School Noise & Funk: Bootsy Collins”

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