Is Nashville a growing link in the resurgence of soul music? There were several Music City shoutouts in Bill Friskics-Warren's recent New York Times
article on soul's current comeback. You need registration to get the full piece, but here's a taste:
The last few years, meanwhile, have seen the re-emergence of a number of singers who first made their mark during soul's heyday in the 1960s. Solomon Burke, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Candi Staton, Bettye LaVette, Sam Moore and Howard Tate have all released acclaimed albums of new material after laboring more or less in obscurity for decades....
Doyle Davis, the managing partner of Grimey's New and Preloved Music, an independent record store in Nashville that stocks a wide selection of soul CDs and LPs, attributes the resurgence to a renewed hunger for authenticity. "People have been fed prefab music for so long that it's starting to resonate with them that it's not real," he said. As D-Funk, Mr. Davis also spins old-school soul and funk records on his long-running show on Vanderbilt University's FM station, WRVU.
The Burke and Staton records have direct local ties, and Tate and LaVette are artists that Grimey's has given a non-stop crusade. The article also quotes Michael Gray at the Country Music Hall of Fame, whose work on the "Night Train to Nashville" event and CD raised the city's awareness of its R&B heritage. Good to see these folks getting some love from the paper of record.