The 1-Hour Jukebox Jam Session
One hour of iPod jamming on shuffle.
Of course, skipping a track is strictly verboten.
Time started: 10:16 EST
Do you want to know what just absolutely kills me? Just floors me? When I listen to Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” and right between the 1:49 and 1:50 mark, you can actually hear Steve Cropper slide his hands over the strings of his guitar.
It’s this perfectly human moment contained within an extraordinary song. An outside listener may think that song is otherworldly, and they’d be right, but that one, single, tell-tale sign, is Steve Cropper’s fingers on the guitar. And that is exactly what makes it so decidedly and definitely human. As a result, it’s jaw-dropping in its humanity.
You Send Me by Sam Cooke
- They Might Be Giants
MOJO Rising: Charles Bradley
Origin: Gainesville, Florida, USA.
MOJO says: “The man they call the ‘The Screaming Eagle Of Soul’. The 62-year-old gravel-voiced testifier is the newest recruit to Brooklyn’s Daptone label, home to Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings. In 1962, Bradley witnessed a performance by James Brown at Harlem’s Apollo. It was a life-changing experience. Almost a decade spent working in the kitchens at a hospital for the mentally ill and several years of singing in pick-up bands eventually led to 2011’s blistering No Time For Dreaming, a mix of gritty messages and raw-nerve hitting ballads. ‘It took me 40 years to get to my dream,’ says the man who counts Otis Redding and Sam Cooke as inspirations. ‘You just gotta have faith, keep moving forward.’”
Current release: No Time For Dreaming is out now on Daptone.
Want more?: Read MOJO’s interview with Charles Bradley in the current issue of the magazine.
If you don’t know you had better ask somebody.
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