Archive for June, 2014

  • Bobby Womack: All Over Now

    By Chris Wells on June 28, 2014
    One of the greatest soulmen of all time, Bobby Womack, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 70. He passed away in his sleep on Friday, June 27, a peaceful ending to a remarkable and full-lived life. Womack’s story is well known to all soul fans and readers of Echoes: his rise from rural Ohio as one of […]
  • Aretha Has It Covered

    By Chris Wells on June 26, 2014
    Aretha Franklin is working on an album of ‘divas covers’, with a release date tentatively scheduled for September, according to an interview recently published in Billboard magazine. In the piece, the Queen of Soul says she is “more than happy” with the progress of the upcoming set, but she acknowledges that with five songs done, a sixth in motion and four […]
  • Klook Here

    By Chris Wells on June 25, 2014
    Written and directed by Ché Walker, the guy who also created Lovesong for soulman Omar, Klook’s Last Stand, is now running at Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JP until July 6. Starring Ako Mitchell as Klook and Sheila Atim as Vinette, this two-hander features music by Anoushka Lucas and Omar and tells the story of a drifter who’s gotten too […]
  • Booker Debut

    By Chris Wells on June 25, 2014
    Benjamin Booker will release his debut, self-titled album on August  18 on Rough Trade [ATO Records in the United States]. The album is produced by Andrija Tokic [Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff]. Described as “a well-mixed musical cocktail of punk, folk, and New Orleans blues”, Booker cites his influences as The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter […]
  • Christian’s Second Movement

    By Chris Wells on June 23, 2014
    Michael Kiwanuka and Christian Gregory‘s Movement Records will release a second single on Gregory on July 7, entitled Won’t Get Nowhere. It’s the follow up single to the widely approved debut track Count On You [co-written with Kiwanuka], which was championed by a plethora of UK radio including XFM and BBC 6 Music. Christian says of the tune: “The track […]
  • New Clinton Biog

    By Chris Wells on June 19, 2014
    Coming on July 17 from Omnibus Press is George Clinton & The Cosmic Odyssey Of The P-Funk Empire, the first in-depth biography of the doings of the funk Godfather, written by former Echoes scribe Kris Needs. Born from a meeting between the author and artist over 25 years ago, the hardback book looks at the musical journey of one of […]
  • Lively Up Motown!

    By Chris Wells on June 16, 2014
    They’re back! After two sold out shows at Southbank Centre with their Catch A Fire tribute to Bob Marley and The Wailers, the immense 32-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars return with yet another awesome extravaganza – this time concentrating on classic love songs from the iconic Motown record label, re-imagined in Jazz Jamaica’s inimitable stylee. They’ll be accompanied by soulful lead voices Beverley Skeete […]
  • Summer Of One Love – Update

    By Chris Wells on June 16, 2014
    The annual One Love Festival has had to move venue – due to incredible ticket demand. The weekend event will now take place at a brand new site 10mins away from the old one, at  Springfield Farm, Salden Lane,  Milton Keynes, MK17 0PN. Running between Aug 15-17, this year’s line-up stars Cocoa Tea, Sir John Holt, Wailing Souls, Cornell Campbell with Soothsayers, […]
  • Wesley Bangs The Drum

    By Chris Wells on June 16, 2014
    Former JBs leader and trombonist extraordinaire, Fred Wesley is to play a one-off gig at The Drum in Birmingham on July 23. Tickets are priced from £15 to £17.50. Go to for details and to book. Or call 0121 333 2444.