When it comes to the Hammond B3, the go-to guy for nearly 50 years now has been Ike. After cutting his teeth with Motown acts like Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, Ike worked with R&B greats Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and B.B. King, plus pop and rock icons from Clapton and Garcia to Phil Spector and Quincy Jones. We were excited to receive this funky new release from him just after his smokin' performance at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam & Pre-Jam last December. Tune in Thursday night: We like Ike!
Rosanne Cash has had a complex relationship with the South. The Memphis-born daughter of AR's Johnny Cash, step-daughter of VA's June Carter Cash, and ex-wife of Nashville's "Houston Kid" Rodney Crowell, she grew up in CA, started her music career in Europe, and has spent the last few decades living in NY. But her roots and love for the South remain strong, as is clear in these new songs (and in a wonderfully written Oxford American article).
After forming 18 years ago in New Orleans, Galactic has finally made a carnival album. "Carnivale Electricos," featuring a variety of guests, and drawing on the pulses of both Mardi Gras and the great mega-carnivals of Brazil, is their most eclectic, electric offering yet.