Wouldn't it be amazing if I could actually give away rhythm or give someone the ability to sing the blues? Well, I've got the next best thing. Putumayo World Music recently provided me with a complimentary copy of Rhythm & Blues. It's a pretty fun listen.
The CD has recordings from artists I'm already familiar with (Angie Stone and Keb' Mo') and some I've never heard of (James Hunter and The Quantic Soul Orchestra). Keep in mind that just because I've never heard of some of these artists doesn't necessarily mean they're new to the scene... it could just be a reflection on my knowledge of R&B music.
The tag line of Putumayo World Music sums it all up: "Guaranteed to make you feel good." Rhythm and Blues has numerous uptempo songs. It's hard not to get up and dance or at least tap along as you listen. One unique feature is the liner notes contain information about all the artists... and the information is in English, French and Spanish. I enjoyed reading about each of the performers while listening to the disc.
My daughters loved "Wang Dang Doodle," performed by Sam Moore, Keb' Mo' and Angie Stone. This song has been covered by many artists, including Ted Nugent and the Pointer Sisters. I truly have no idea what a Wang Dang Doodle is, but my girls love to yell out "Wang Dang Doodle" when it comes up in the song.
My favorite song of the disc is Catherine Russell's "Put Me Down Easy." I wasn't sure at first what drew me to the song, but I figured it out when I read the liner notes. The song was written by Sam Cooke, an artist I grew up listening to. Perhaps the style resonated with me? Either way, Russell gives this tune a passionate turn.
So, want to hear Rhythm & Blues for yourself? Putumayo World Music is providing one lucky Buried in Laundry reader with a copy of the CD. To enter the giveaway:
- leave a comment telling me what artist you've dreamed of seeing in concert, especially if money were no object. Please be sure to include a valid email address in your comment.
- earn a second entry if you become a follower of Buried in Laundry or are already a follower (you MUST leave a separate comment for your additional entry to be counted)
- earn another entry if you blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post and a link to Putumayo World Music (again, leave a separate email if you do this)