Nashville plays part in rebirth of area funk and soul scene
February 28, 2008
Friday, 02/22/08BY BILL FRISKICS-WARREN – Staff Writer
Old-school funk and soul music have lately been enjoying a renaissance — everything from the resurgence of veteran singers like Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette to the soul revivalism of newcomers like Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse. Even megastars like Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera are sampling rare ’60s grooves to galvanize their jams.
Leading the way in Nashville’s burgeoning funk and soul scene are The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker. The group played the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival last year, before touring Europe with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to great acclaim in October.
Now, Outta Sight Records, the group’s Nashville-based label, has announced a pair of new signings, including Harvey Scales, a mainstay of the ’60s chitlin circuit. At 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at Mercy Lounge, Scales joined the Dynamites and Outta Sight’s other new act, the Atlanta-based Soulphonics, as part of a vintage-style soul revue the likes of which Music City hadn’t seen in years (if you don’t count the oldies package shows).
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Old-School funk and soul music and great singers like Mavis and Betty LaVette will always be in vogue, whether it be London, Tokyo or Nashville. Good music is good music to one and all!