Haven’t had a contest in a while. This seems like the right week for one.
So... click here and listen to a mystery track on my Vox blog. The first person to correctly name that singer – in the comments section here – will win a prize.
That prize is a brand-new pack of 36 “Heroes of the Blues” trading cards (such as the one pictured left). They’re illustrated by R. Crumb, the legendary underground artist.
(Crumb’s not a funky whiteboy. He’s a craaazy whiteboy.)
Only one guess per reader, please.
UPDATE (12/17/08): We have a winner. RJ Smith correctly identified that singer as Mark Stewart.
“Faith Healer” is from Stewart’s 1990 album “Metatron” (produced by Stewart and Adrian Sherwood).
The thwacking bass part was provided by Doug Wimbish (now with Living Colour). Wimbish, Keith LeBlanc and Skip McDonald, veterans of the Sugar Hill Records house band, collaborated with progressive English musicians on a number of funky projects under the group names Tackhead, Maffia and the Dub Syndicate.
Mark Stewart put out a new album this year, his first in a dozen years, called “Edit.” (Click here to hear “Secret Suburbia.”)
Filmmaker Toni Schifer is working on a documentary about Stewart. A 6-minute preview is up on YouTube: