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Awwww! This Makes Me So Happy!

I didn't watch the Grammy Awards, but luckily some Youtube folks did!



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Feb. 10th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
AWWWWWWW YEAH, OLD SCHOOL! Show the kids how it's done, Smokey! *hearts*

(And hee, I did not know you had a thing for classic Motown/R&B, too! I gotta make you listen to some Star Nayea and Martha Redbone now, and the eleventy-squillion Hawaiian contemporary groups that looooooove to cover this stuff!)
Feb. 10th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)

Well, not everything Motown = <3, but I do like a lot of it, and the Four Tops are aces! I love all their big hits.

Feb. 10th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
I think you might enjoy some of Martha's and Star's (and oooh, Pura Fe's) work, since between October Project and Carrie Newcomer I think you share some of my fondness for deeper female voices...

Martha Redbone, "Children of Love"

Martha Redbone, "Underdog"

Pura Fe, "Let Heaven Show":

Pura Fe, "Follow Your Heart's Desire"

(Also, check out her cover of "Summertime" on MySpace -- best version I've heard since Billie's, and that is not praise I give lightly!)

Star Nayea, "Come My Way"

If you've got any fondness for high-energy blues-rock in a SRV-ish vein, I should introduce you to Derek Miller or the Plateros, too. (The Plateros just friended me on YT, eeee! That's the most excitement for me on that site since Pura Fe friended me last year, or Jeex from Tru Rez Crew showed up in comments on my copy of their old video and said the band was recording again...)
Feb. 11th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
D'oh, and I mispasted one of those twice! Here's the actual vid for "Underdog", which is a huge favorite of mine:

Feb. 16th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)

They're all very pretty - I think I like "Underdog" the best! It has the most muscle and drive. I like Pura Fe's guitarist in "Heart's Desire" too - he's really great. Do you have clips for the others you mention?

(It's cool that you're in contact with them! It's so energizing and inspiring to talk to the makers.)

Feb. 16th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Danny Godinez is a regular musical collaborator with Pura Fe -- it looks like he's got a band of his own, too:


YouTube has plenty of live clips of his performances, alone and with Pura Fe -- I particularly love this long jazzy improv:

As for others, you mean the blues-rockers? The Plateros have live concert clips on YouTube and some samples of studio recordings at MySpace. The lead singer/guitarist is only 17 (!), and has been playing since he was a little kid; the bassist and drummer are his father and an older cousin. "Where Would I Be" was their big show-stopper closing number at the NMAI set:

Derek Miller is from SixNay in Canada, and I first heard him without knowing who he was at the time as the guitarist doing this haunting looping melody in the back of a rap single from Tru Rez Crew. There's studio tracks on his MySpace page, and no official channel but lots of random live clips floating about on YouTube -- I particularly like this one, where he's taking an old 49 song by Northern Cree and turning it into a soulful, slow blues number:

He's also got at least one official music video filmed early last year:

Or for something a little quieter, how about a Sam Cooke cover?

(It seems to be a regular stage schtick for him to always perform in natty three-piece pinstriped suits. I approve heartily!)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)

I like the Plateros. The lead guitarist is just too cute, especially given how young he is. And Derek Miller is quite good, although I'd have to be in the right mood for "Devil Come Down Sunday." SixNay = Six Nations, yes? The female singer is the Sam Cooke cover was nice too, very emotive (and what a cutie!).

Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh, lordy, Levi is another one of those ridiculously handsome kids who has me very, very disgruntled that none of the boys in my neighborhood looked half that good when I was seventeen! It's just not fair! XD

And yep, SixNay is the big Six Nations of the Grand River reserve outside Ontario...supposedly the most populous rez in Canada. The female singer in that last clip is Jana Mashonee, she's Lumbee/Tuscarora from North Carolina.
Feb. 24th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)

Re Levi ... ;-)

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