Taking some time on this New Year’s eve to lay down a bit of what The Right Now did this year. We’ve been doing these year-end wrap ups since 2008 or so, and I’m thinking we can probably be more concise as the years go by. The first years consisted largely of “We played aMORE
What’s up with these amazing British soul singers? Someone add Daley to the list. “Alone Together” combines great production & stellar songwriting with a solid vocal performance–it’s contemporary R&B at its best. Dig it.
I shied away from Gary Clark Jr. initially. He seemed like another blase guitar hero heralded by Eric Clapton, Rolling Stone, etc, and that didn’t really interest me. Man was I wrong. I love his album Blak and Blu (especially the title track which is my song of the week pick). I don’t really know howMORE
Cody Chesnutt burst onto the national scene in 2002 when his song “The Seed” was remade for The Roots’ LP Phrenology. That was one of the feel good jams of that year and brought a lot of exposure to Cody’s The Headphone Masterpiece. He dropped off the radar in the last ten years, but he’sMORE
TRN family member Rob Collazo mentioned this tune as a Cover Up suggestion not long ago, and it hit a chord with all of us. Good lookin’ out, Rob. Here’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for all the lonely souls out there:
Ed. note: Jason Kriv (aka JKriv) brings you the post this week. His label Deep&Disco put out the “Call Girl” remixes. He also plays bass in Escort and will be performing with the disco group and TRN this Friday at The Metro. “Personal Touch – It Ain’t No Big Thing” 1976 – PAP Records Written/ProducedMORE
Episode 3 of our Cover Up series pairs Stef and Brendan up with a three-chord burner from the 90s, En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go.” And yes yes, a little help from the 808. Enjoy this cut from our rehearsal space in Chicago, and hit our Facebook page with requests for more Cover Up tunes!
Stef turned me on to Jessie Ware last week and I’m hooked. She’s a great pop singer with R&B influences galore. Here’s “Wildest Moments.” Catch Jessie Ware live at Lincoln Hall for the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in January. – Brendan
Longtime band friend Mike Roeder pitched us “Gimme Shelter” for the Cover Up series. He really wanted us to take on Merry Clayton’s version (she’s the singer that provided the soulful backup vocals on The Rolling Stones’ original version). We took a few elements from Merry’s version and threw in some TRN flavor. Enjoy andMORE
Corsale just turned me on to The Daredevil Christopher Wright last week and I can’t stop listening. Here’s a track called “Divorce” from their latest record. Really cool textures and great songwriting.