Sep 16, 2012

The Soul Brother Show Featuring Grady Gaines of the Texas Upsetters

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What's happening, my friend? You're in the mix with Mr. Chris on an EPIC podcast of The Soul Brother Show - The Home of Heavy Soul and Raw Funk! On August 16, 2012, I had the privilege and the honor of spending time with a true rock and roll pioneer, Mr. Grady Gaines of the Texas Upsetters. Long before Motown's the Funk Brothers and the Stax Records house band, there were the Upsetters, a band from Houston, Texas who would eventually become the back-up band to the Originator, the Emancipator, the true King of Rock and Roll, Little Richard. Mr. Gaines would make his way into the musical history books by being the right hand man to Little Richard, who changed the landscape of rock and roll music in the 1950s with his flamboyant lifestyle and outrageous lyrics. After Little Richard's "retirement" in 1957, Mr. Gaines and the Upsetters would continue their journey backing legendary entertainers such as Little Willie John, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Sam Cooke. Listen as Mr. Gaines talks in depth about his career, the entertainers he has worked with, and his thoughts on the history of rock and roll music and culture. Trust me when I say that this conversation breaks it down and will leave you astounded! Rounding out this podcast is a history lesson of music from the architects of rock and roll. As always, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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The Soul Brother Show is now available on iTunes and be sure to cop your free Android and iPhone apps so that no matter where you are in the world, you will always have Soul!

Special thanks to each and everyone of you who continue to show love and support for The Soul Brother Show and The Soul Sister Show. You are appreciated!


Extra, extra props and pounds going out to my lovely and multi-talented wife Georgette a-k-a the Soul Sister for the love and the bomb ass graphics! 


Tracklist: 

Little Richard - "Tutti Frutti" 

Jackie Wilson - "Baby Workout" 

Ray Charles - "I Got a Woman" 

LaVern Baker - "Pig Latin Blues" 

Big Mama Thornton - "They Call Me Big Mama" 

Big Joe Turner - "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" 

Etta James - "Good Rockin' Daddy" 

Chuck Berry - "Johnny B. Goode" 

Sam Cooke - "Frankie and Johnny" 

Little Willie John - "Fever" 

Louis Jordan - "Caldonia" 

Ruth Brown - "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" 

Dinah Washington - "Big Long Slidin' Thing" 

Jackie Brentson - "Rocket 88" 

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - "That's All Right" 

Esquerita - "Rockin' the Joint" 

Madonna Martin - "Rattlesnake Papa" 

Elvis Presley - "Don't Be Cruel" 


I would like to dedicate this podcast of The Soul Brother Show in loving memory of my grandmother, Mrs. Dimple Holley (February 22, 1927 - September 13, 2012). I love you Mam Maw and thank you for giving 
me rock and roll.

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Sep 12, 2012

The Soul Brother Show Featuring Maya Azucena

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What's happening, my friend? You're in the mix with Mr. Chris for a BUMPIN' podcast of The Soul Brother Show - The Home of Heavy Soul and Raw Funk! As I work in the lab to bring you a very special upcoming podcast of The Soul Brother Show, I thought I would reach back a year ago and bring you cats and kittens a show from the first season! Maya Azucena happens to be one of my favorite artists and believe me when I tell you that this young lady has a voice that is touched by an angel! I caught up with Maya as she was about to drop her latest abum, Cry Love. Maya and I spoke in depth about her music and her career as well as her community activism. She is an artist who's music comes highly recommended and she is an absolute performer in the purest sense of the word. On this podcast, we feature some of the best from Maya's albums (Maya Who?!, Junkyard Jewel, Taste This, and Cry Love, respectively) and some collaborations with artists such as Mr. Cheeks. As always, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

The Soul Brother Show is now available on iTunes and be sure to cop your free Android and iPhone apps so that no matter where you are in the world, you will always have Soul!

Special thanks to each and everyone of you who continue to show love and support for The Soul Brother Show and The Soul Sister Show. You are appreciated!

Extra, extra props and pounds going out to my lovely and multi-talented wife Georgette a-k-a the Soul Sister for the love and the bomb ass graphics!