Label: Kent Catalog: – CDKEND 501 – Release Date: 28th May 2021 – Format: CD
South-West Louisiana is rightly famous for its homegrown music, Cajun, and its black Creole cousin, Zydeco. There is a romanticism to the area with its exotically named towns and a feeling that it has been cut off from the world. Yet, however much it may seem removed from America, it is still a part of it. Since the birth of the car, Route 90 and then the Interstate 10 have connected New Orleans, Louisiana and Houston, Texas, running straight through the region, opening it up to the world. The local industry that grew up to record the indigenous music was perfectly placed to document local versions of country, blues, funk, soul and pop, as musicians and live bands came through to play in the most important towns.
It was around 1999 and a stack of Del-Val and related studio reels lay in Joe Stevenson’s basement gathering dust and at the same time slowly deteriorating with the possibility of being lost forever. Looking back now I am so glad someone had the foresight to transfer them onto DAT tapes before they were damaged beyond all hope. Some of the tracks were then used for a “Best of Del-Val” CD release around 2000 by the guys at Philly Archives. This was a blessing in disguise as a few years later all the masters were lost to a huge flood in Joe’s basement destroying them beyond any repair.
Label: Izipho Soul Records – Catalog: ZP46 – Release Date: 28th May 2021 – Format: 7’
J.D’S TIME MACHINE PRESENTS: JEFF RAMSEY feat. CLEVELAND P. JONES
UP Soul singer and educator Jeff Ramsey sadly passed away in February 2020, we feel the time is right to release this tribute record. Two tremendous, but lesser known collaborations with James Day; one with the immense Cleveland P. Jones, receive the 45 treatment!
Label: Kent – Catalog: CDKEND 474 – Release Date: 28th May 2021 – Format: CD
This month sees the release of the last in Kent’s trilogy spotlighting black America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. It’s been a long wait but we feel that the 23 tracks here more than uphold the high standard of its predecessors – “A Soldier’s Sad Story” (CDKEND 226) and “Does Anybody Know I’m Here” (CDKEND 245).
Label: Miles Away Records – Catalog: MA007 – Release Date: 21st May 2021 – Format: 7’
For our 7th release we are delighted to be reissuing a single that has brought us a lot of joy in recent times. We first came to hear Delores Fuller’s beautiful single One More Chance Lord in the same way we have heard a lot of new music over the last year and a half – through a friend’s lockdown recommendation. Ever since, the single has been a staple in our collection and permanently on our turntable.
Label: One World Records – Catalog: OSP 5006 – Release Date: 21st May 2021 – Format: 7’
Hot the heels of : Michelle’s first UK single ‘Yes I Am’ which gave One World Records a soul hit in January, this uptempo follow-up has even more of a retro flavour and is already played on hundreds of radio stations in the UK and in Europe.
Despite never having a major national hit record, the late great Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly is one of Detroit, MI’s most beloved singers. She started singing in church, made some solo singles, and toured with Motown artists, though she never signed with the label. Barnes has enjoyed a full career, but unlike J.J. Barnes, her older brother, it hasn’t been scrutinized much, and a chronological discography of her work does not exist.
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