RJ Smith appears in the following:
Sunday, November 24, 2013
This 4-CD set captures the glory days of Nashboro, the powerhouse gospel label that put out a huge amount of music, held together by a signature echo. It's a gorgeously articulated sound space.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The sculptor and painter has been making music for decades, sending tapes to his friends, but only recently began releasing albums. "I'm not trying to copy nobody, not trying to outdo nobody with my music," he says.
Friday, August 23, 2013
A new book provides evidence of racial mixing in country music as far back as the 1930s, but today is the red Solo cup (to quote a Toby Keith lyric) half full or half empty?
Sunday, August 18, 2013
A new four-disc box set compiles live rarities and should-have-been hits along with the pop-out classics. The effect is a full picture of a fitful man desperate to rally the masses into a pop utopia, fearful (or is it knowing?) that he was really headed to the shadows. Hear 16 songs from Higher!
Monday, April 29, 2013
The country singer began thrilled by the nightlife in the '50s, and was trapped in it by the '70s. Once a pariah in Nashville, he ended up a mascot who got respect.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Biographer RJ Smith explores the complicated but fascinating life of James Brown in a new book called “The One.” He joins guest host Christian McBride and bassist Fred Thomas, who added oomph to Brown’s band, for a look back at the "Godfather of Soul."