5 Songs For The End of The Week

If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own.”

-Diahann Carroll
Wallpaper. London.

“Big Mama Thornton with The Muddy Waters Band-1966” is on my list of albums for required listening. According to Smithsonian Folkways Recording, “. . . the session was recorded without the benefit of a rehearsal. . .” You can hear the through lines from the work songs of the enslaved people of the American South to Blues, Country, Rhythm & Blues, and Rock music.

I am 100 percent in the tank for Big Maybelle. She’s musical royalty who hasn’t gotten her due.

Amythyst Khia. That voice! The legacy of the great Blues vocalists lives through her.

Curtis Mayfield was a virtuoso with a golden voice. From Pop hits to soundtracks and protest songs, Mayfield captured the spirit of the cultural moment with an angelic voice.

Get into Brittany Howard’s expressions of love for the universe of American music.

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