Today I was driving through North Carolina and Virginia. And the pickings were slim on AM radio. Or so I thought.
I’ve got nothing against Jesus. But evidently, on AM radio in the South, they talk about Jesus a lot. Blacks and whites. Mexicans too.
Then I came upon WARR in Warren County, N.C., where disc jockey Sherman Johnson was playing some nice soul music – oldies by Candi Staton, Sam & Dave and Sam Cooke, plus new stuff by people I’d never heard of.
What tripped me out was: Deejay spun two songs, almost back-to-back, where Marvin Sease was mentioned in the lyrics. In the lyrics!
I halfway know who Marvin Sease is. I might even have a promo copy of one of his late-’80s CDs somewhere in a box. But why would two other singers – young cats – name-check him? Is Marvin Sease the new King of Soul or something? Is this a Southern thing?
I’m streaming those two tracks I heard, because they’re good songs. And because I didn’t know that young guys were making soul music (not neo-soul but SOUL) and that it’s being played on the radio.
The first song is “I’m Goin’ Back Home” by O.B. Buchana. He’s from Mississippi. I was instantly pulled into the story O.B. tells in this song.
To hear “I’m Goin’ Back Home” on my Vox blog, click here.
It’s from Buchana’s 2007 CD “Goin’ Back Home.” (Downloadable from eMusic, Amazon and iTunes Plus.)
The other song is “Friday” by Sir Charles Jones. He’s from Alabama. What I dig about this song and O.B. Buchana’s is how they’re rooted in real life... and how they’re about the importance of music in life.
To stream “Friday” on my Vox blog, click here.
This 2001 track is available on Jones’s new greatest-hits CD, “For Your Love, Best of Sir Charles Jones.” (Downloadable from eMusic, Amazon and iTunes Plus.)
By the way, in the photos above, O.B. is on the left, Sir Charles is on the right.
Now, can somebody please explain to me why Marvin Sease is so big of a deal?