These days, soul music is a genre often stuck in the side aisle of the record store or passed off into smoky cafés and '70s reunion shows. The originators of American soul music — Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and early James Brown — commandeered ears when they blasted on the scene with this new style in the 1950s and '60s, but over the years, the sound has become familiar to listeners and therefore less-talked-about. That's too bad, because people are missing out on some captivating tunes. The movement has splintered into a number of subgenres worth exploring, including Detroit Motown soul, Stax Records Memphis soul, psychedelic soul, Philly soul, Chicago soul... and now, downtown soul. That last category was invented by local stone groovers Ketchy Shuby to... More >>>
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