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...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by The Roots

So much more than the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots have won Four Grammys (and been nominated for 12). This is their newest album, just released yesterday, May 19, 2014. Less than half the length of any of their previous studio albums, it contains an amazing diversity of voices and will reward repeated listenings.

Give the People What They Want by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Retro r&b belter Sharon Jones remains in fine form on her latest album of funky, soulful, horn-punctuated songs, backed up by the fabulous Dap-Kings. Whether or not you remember the heyday of 60s r&b and soul music, you'll be hard put not to love this stuff. Exciting and ecstatically fun to sing along with, dance to, drive to, or just listen to! Check Our Catalog

Signs and Signifiers by JD McPherson

Everyone I've played this CD for loves it.  Well, not my sister's boyfriend who is Alice Cooper's biggest fan, but everyone else.  It's a great retro 50s R&B album with a modern sensibility.

I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Retro-soul that will take you back to the 60s, featuring Sharon Jones' gritty, passionate vocals and The Dap-Kings' driving deep funk sound. This CD bears listening and re-listening and they also put on a floor-shaking high-energy live performance if you're lucky enough to catch them on tour (which I did just last night in Portsmouth). Check Our Catalog

B.B. King

"King of the Blues" B.B. King is legendary for a good reason--he's still awesome after 50+ years in the blues business. Try a "best of" CD to get a flavor for his electric guitar work, gritty voice, and passionate interpretations of traditional blues songs.

No Time For Dreaming by Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band

This album features soulful vocals and an r&b sound so classic you'll think you're time traveling to the 1960s. Although Charles Bradley has been singing for decades, this appears to be his first recording project and it's a fine one, with great arrangements (horns, percussion, vibraphone and more), passionate singing, and a mix of personal love ballads and social comment songs. Bradley's hard-livin' vocal style may be an acquired taste for some, but I acquired it instantly.

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