Neo Soul

Here at POM, we consider ourselves to be audiophiles (lovers of music). One of my favorite genres in the last five years has been neo soul. These are current artists who portray the gut wrenching, emotional feeling, from the bottom of your heart kind of soul that existed with legends like Otis Redding, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Chuck Berry and Sam Cooke. These fine gentlemen have paved the way for new talent such as…

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound –  Chicago’s own and stage presence reminiscent of James Brown
Check out “Don’t Lock That Door”

Fitz & The Tantrums –  dynamic duo of Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs
Check out “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”

Allen Stone –  don’t judge a book by its cover singer/songwriter
Check out “Contact High”

JD McPherson – slicked back hair, rockabilly goodness
Check out “Scratching Circles”

Nick Waterhouse – Buddy Holly looking with an edge
Check out “Say I Wanna Know”

Eli “Paperboy” Reed – Boston boy with a dash of gospel and the Delta blues
Check out “I’ll Roll With You”

Jamie Lidell – soul (blended with electronica on his latest album) from across the pond
Check out “Another Day”

You may have been watching Letterman a couple months back and noticed him gushing over newcomers from Alabama, St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Well guess what, David may be about to hang up the spurs, but he’s spot on with this neo soul assessment. I strongly recommend you picking up their debut album, Half the City. Hell, we did!  Here’s the Letterman performance, if you want to skip the banter forward to the 2-minute mark and enjoy.

Listening to top 40 was so high school. Become an adult and give some real music a spin! If I haven’t lost you yet, keep an eye out for a new sensation exploding out of SXSW, Leon Bridges. Check out “Coming Home.” Cheers to our ears for some higher quality tuneage!
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