RaShad The Blues Kid (New Two-Album Alert!)
Daddy B. Nice's #133 ranked Southern Soul Artist
RaShad The Blues Kid (New Two-Album Alert!)
NEW ALBUM ALERT!Buy Ra'Shad The Blues Kid's new THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL at Apple.
THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL:Let's Party
Back It up Remix (feat Stevie J Blues)
Close to Me
Let Me Love You
Shot of Blues
Lay Your Love
That's What You Are
Good to You
Need Love (feat. Ju Evans & Napoleon Demps)
Daddy B. Nice notes:
I've come down to earth as I get into the middle of this new album by Ra'Shad, but I was in seventh heaven the first few tracks (on first impression, you understand). I was transported by the authenticity and originality of the music. It was as if Ra'Shad was miraculously filling this gap in southern soul music I was until that moment unaware existed. Someone to replace the sound of the Billy "Soul" Bonds, the Lee "Shot" Williams, the David Brinstons, the Marvin Seases of the world. Recently it appeaed that mantel might fall to Arthur Young's shoulders, but it hasn't worked out easily for him either.
In any case, The Blues Kid may have made an error in releasing two albums at the same time. If the second, Bluz Me, is as dense and wide-ranging as THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL, I don't know how even the most avid fans can get to that much music with the right appreciation. Southern Side Of Soul has fifteen full-bodied tracks, a double album in itself, and as I continue to listen I realize there are tunes in this collection that qualify as mere exercises. But I also know two of the tunes near the end bring the set up back up to rousing levels. One of them, "Ride It," occasioned this commentary in DBN's Top 10 Singles:
4. "Ride It" ----- Ra'Shad The Blues Kid
I see where Malaco has now signed Mr. Sipp in its Ahab-like quest to appeal to the white blues market. Nothing against Mr. Sipp, but Malaco tried the same thing with Grady Champion and Queen Emily, and where are they now? Meanwhile, just up the road, the best young blues singer in the area is rocking in anonymity with great songs, evocative vocals and scorching lead guitar.
And besides "Ride It" and "Say Yea" (a back-and-forth with women), I've already encountered another appealing song featuring Ju Evans and Napoleon Demp, the ballad "Needs Love". I heard some superb Stevie J (he lifts all boats) and some harmonizing, gospel-style backgrounds and choruses that I'm drawn to like a kitten to catnip.
Looking at the meager YouTube views, Ra'Shad's talents have not reached the audience. I will be concentrating on THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL for the time being---that will be more than enough for me---and examining those early-in-the-set songs that blew me away the first time I heard them. If Ra'Shad truly deserves more supporters, it'll be your Daddy B Nice's duty to point him to the songs people are crying to hear.
Listen to all the songs from Ra'Shad's THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL on YouTube.
Buy Ra'Shad The Blues Kid's new THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF SOUL at Apple.
Originally Posted At Daddy B. Nice's NEW CD REVIEWS:
November 12, 2017:
RA'SHAD (THE BLUES KID): Country Soul (Mondo Tunes) Three Stars *** Solid Debut By A New Southern Soul Artist.COUNTRY SOUL is the first album by a young artist from Laurel, Mississippi. Fans of "grown folks, good-times" sounds in the vein of Lomax's "Swing It" (or prior to that Mel Waiter's "Swing Out Song") may want to check him out. A nominee for Best Southern Soul Debut Artist of 2016, singer/songwriter Ra'Shad McGill, recording as Ra'Shad The Blues Kid, first struck pay dirt with the mid-tempo "Shake It".
Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Shake It" on YouTube.
Charting at SouthernSoulRnB in August '16, the gently-rocking dance tune reminded your Daddy B. Nice of vintage Lee "Shot" Williams in its singer's casual singing style and sensual intimacy. Ra'Shad returned to the charts in September '17, coinciding with the album release, with "Go Get It," a duet with L.J. Echols.
Listen to Ra'Shad and L.J. singing "Go Get It" on YouTube.
Your Daddy B. Nice praised the "great, chunky rhythm track--almost like listening to reggae's archetypal rhythm section of Sly & Robbie". But while giving credit for the instrumentation to Echols, the unpretentious pleasure generated by the melody and vocal were all Ra'Shad's.
Meanwhile, Ra'Shad wasted no time, parlaying his debut single ("Shake It") into all-important touring dates and networking with other like-minded musicians. One such joint effort is "You're All That I Need," a duet with Miss Portia from her upcoming debut album, All In My Feelings.
More at home, Ra'Shad teams with Napoleon Demps on the zydeco-tinged "Saddle Up," a hit-worthy track from COUNTRY SOUL with the goods to match if not surpass the popularity of "Shake It".
Watch the official video of Ra'Shad and Napoleon singing "Saddle Up" on YouTube.
Ra'Shad was also featured on a song from Napoleon's debut album from last year, the compilation Southern Soul, Vol. 1.
Listen to Ra'Shad and Napoleon singing "Never Get It All" on YouTube.
"Get It All" is wisely reprised on COUNTRY SOUL.
Another highlight of Ra'Shad's new album is his partnering with the renowned young gun of southern soul, J-Wonn, on The Blues Kid's signature single.
Listen to Ra'Shad and J-Wonn singing "Shake It (The Remix)" on YouTube.
In fact, what may be most impressive about Ra'Shad's first effort is the sureness of the artist's grasp of southern soul. There are hardly any of the mis-steps characteristic of typical debuts. A song like the mid-tempo but rocking-out "Good Love," for example, isn't a head-turner, but for what it is, it's done well.
And yet there is one such exception--and mis-step--on the CD: the mall-generic, straight-blues "Dance". "Dance" could have been recorded by a million other blues artists. On "Dance" Ra'Shad becomes anonymous.
Listen to Ra'Shad singing "Dance" on YouTube.
The point is that only Ra'Shad The Blues Kid could have recorded "Shake It" or "Saddle Up" or the heartfelt "I Love The Blues" or the other tracks on Country Soul. Suddenly Ra'Shad becomes one IN a million, not one OF a million. Ra'Shad already understands this, as attested to by the rest of COUNTRY SOUL, and that's a huge step forward in his budding career.
--Daddy B. Nice
Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new Country Soul CD at Amazon.
Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new Country Soul CD at iTunes.
--Daddy B. Nice
About RaShad The Blues Kid (New Two-Album Alert!)
November 14, 2017:
NEW ALBUM ALERT!
Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new debut CD COUNTRY SOUL at Amazon.
Sample/Buy Ra'Shad's new debut CD COUNTRY SOUL at iTunes.
COUNTRY SOUL Track List
2 Go Get It (feat. LJ Echols)
3 Shake It
4 Never Get It All
5 Back It Up
6 I Love the Blues
7 Saddle Up (feat. Napolean Demps)
9 Good Love
10 Shake It (Remix) [feat. J Wonn]
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