Louisville-born, Nashville-based singer/producer Alexis Wilsons blend of contemporary R&B may not be primed for public radio airplayshes neither dead, old, retro nor foreignbut theres plenty to love in her mature, thoughtful soul music. A little bit crunk, a whole lotta smooth and powered by a stellar set of pipes, Wilsons tunes are grown and sexy. Hers is the sound of a hard-working woman acknowledging history without ignoring the presentthe habitual pitfall of NPRs music programming, especially in regards to soul and urban music. Tracks such as Flower Games, a deep, acoustic guitar-based ballad, and I deservitan ode to spending her own moneyevince a wisdom and rationality that are missing from pop radio, even as they rock up-to-date sounds that are just too cool for the left of the dial.
Sun., Nov. 15, 9 p.m., 2009