Chicago soul group The Green Berets (a.k.a High Society, Walter & the Admerations, and, with Andre Williams, Velvet Hammer) made a return appearance to "Dig Deeper" (hosted at the Bell House). "Dig Deeper" has been bringing some incredible, under-appreciated Soul artists to NYC for over 2 years. Check them out Dig on Facebook for future events.
I was sorry to hear about the passing of blues and soul singer Lou Pride, who I saw perform an exceptional show at the Dig Deeper series last year. Lou began recording in El Paso, Texas and later recorded some great singles with the Hi Rhythm Section at Royal Studios as well as an album with Curtis Mayfield. You can learn more about him at loupride.com and at Severn Records.
I had the opportunity to do a quick portrait with Syl Johnson when he was in NY to perform and promote his excellent and exhaustive new box-set on Numero Group, Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology. I met up with him and Michael Slaboch of Numero Group at a bar in Brooklyn where Syl was just finishing a video interview and a long day of press. He was a bit wiped out from all the attention but I managed one good frame of Syl wedged in a dark corner near the window on black and white film.
When he hit the stage that night for Dig Deeper at Southpaw, it was evident that he was saving his energy for the performance. Pictured in the slideshow are the Sweet Divines (backstage and onstage).
Next in the Dig Deeper series is Billy Prince, known (or unknown depending who you ask) for his great Detroit soul sides with the group the Precisions. Say hello to him over at his MySpace page. The show had a special opener with a local soul revue featuring Meah Pace from the Mellowmatics, Alba Ponce De Leon of Naomi Shelton's Gospel Queens, Cici James, Eli 'Paperboy' Reed (new album on Capitol ), Inyang Bassey (currently touring with Moby) and Jennie Wasserman and Ashley Vitha of the Sweet Divines. 10.03.29 Dig Deeper Billy Prince - Images by Jacob Blickenstaff