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Episode 328: Best Of 2017

Episode 328: Best Of 2017

It's likely that we'll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people. 

But we didn't break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we're discussing the music that lifted us up, dropped us down, and sometimes even showed us the way, but never, ever let us down.

Thanks for tuning in all year. We'll see you soon. Until then be good to your ears, but be better to your people...


TO DO LIST: Allen Stone w/Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds TONIGHT @ The 9:30 Club

Looking at Allen Stone, it’s unlikely the first thing you’d think of is “soul singer.” His J. Mascis-Meets-Todd-Snider appearance and Billy the Kid sneer do a fantastic job of disguising the spectacular voice inside. It’s a voice that’s perfectly made to sing R&B, landing somewhere between Jamiroquai at his Stevie Wonder-invoking best, a soulful Jason Mraz, and a less depressed Ray Lamontagne.

Stone developed his voice singing in the same suburban Washington state church where his father was a preacher. Though he’s still just 25 he sounds like an old soul on his two records, 2010’s Last to Speak and his 2011 self-titled album – or at least as much like an old soul can when singing about Facebook status updates as he does on “Contact High,” one of the standout tracks on Allen Stone.


Press Play: Larry g(EE) - "I'm Your Fool"

Sounds Like: Raphael Saadiq, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings 

Why you should care: Who doesn't like shaking their ass from time to time?

If you've read these pages at all you'll know that I'm a sucker for old school soul music. If every record ever released sounded like"Pain In My Heart" or "Night Beat" then that would be just fine by me. Luckily we live in a day where artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Mark Ronson, and a whole host of others seem to agree with me. Now it's time to add another name to that list: Larry g(EE).

Coming to the world from deep in the heart of Texas (Dallas to be exact) g(ee) and his band have crafted a sound will leave you feeling nostalgic as much as it will demand that you shake your ass. Are g(EE) and his cohorts purveyors of party music? Soulful R&B balladeers? Minor pop geniuses? With only four songs on his debut EP, Weekends, that all remains to be seen, but for now it's safe to say that g(EE) and his band are grabbing nationwide attention, and he certainly grabbed ours.

Check out the track "I'm Your Fool" (which may or may not be my current JAM) from Weekends below, then wait patiently until Larry g(EE) and his band bring their party to your town later this year. If this is just the start for Larry g(EE), we can't wait to see where he goes from here.

 

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