Sounds Like: Funky soul done Ohio style. If that last statement doesn't make sense to you, don't worry it doesn't really to me either, just roll with it; The 1970's - otherwise known as the inside of Kevin's head.
Why You Should Care: This has been our jam as of late and now we want it to be yours.
On March 27, the vaunted Numero Group will release their latest "number" and this time it's dedicated entirely to the works of Cleveland soul master Lou Ragland. To help promote that release (and to make your life a little more funky) they are putting out a VINYL ONLY release of Love Apple, a sort of Lou Ragland side project from a period of Ragland's career that was thought previously to be mostly undocumented and unheard. Here's a little more info from the press release.
In the late ’70s, three do-right women from Cleveland forged a brief partnership with Ohio’s everything man, Lou Ragland. Unlike the prefabricated singing combos of the day, Lily Pearson, Annette Warren, and Avetta Henry swapped lead duties as situation demanded. When a Ragland-centric publicity stunt preempted a concert appearance, Love Apple disintegrated, abandoning this rehearsal tape at Thomas Boddie’s cherished Eastside studio. Devoid of bass, the sparse instrumentation accentuates each vocalist’s aptitude, showcasing some of Ragland’s finest songwriting in the process.
Check out Love Apple's "Man On The Side" below, then head on over to the Numero Groups site (you can stream it there as well) and get this puppy delivered straight to your door ASAP.