An Appreciation of 21st Century Soul

If I had to choose only one decade from which I could listen to music it would be the 1960s.  Indeed, I challenge anyone to find a decade that was more tumultuous — or that had a better soundtrack — than the 1960s.  Especially with respect to Soul and R&B.

That said, over the last ten years there’s been a wondrous renaissance of new artists that are producing truly world-class R&B and soul.

On December 6th Steve Wexler and The Top Shelf will pay tribute to some of these stellar artists when we perform at DROM in NYC.

In the meantime, here’s a taste from three of the performers that we plan to salute.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Jones, the Dap-Kings (including one of my heroes, bass player and music director Bosco Mann), and the Dapettes earlier this month.  Here they are performing “100 Days, 100 Nights”

Eli “Paperboy” Reed

Here’s Neo-Motown wunderkind Eli “Paperboy” Reed performing “Doin’ the Boom Boom”.


Shemekia Copeland

The Top Shelf has been performing this one for a couple of years now.  Here Ms. Copeland tears it up on the Steve Cropper-produced “Who Stole My Radio”.

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