by David's Voice
|Wayne Lawrence/Institue, for the New York Times|
Last month, the New York Times published an article entitled, "Can a Nerd Have Soul?" The article features a number of current singers and musicians who are drawing major influence from the Soul and R'n'B traditions of the 60's and 70's. Indeed, a look around the modern music scene of today will find dynamic groups all across the country making great music in the tradition of Stax, Motown and other classic labels.
In this particular article, a few of the artists mentioned include Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth, LA's Mayer Hawthorne, and Eli "Paperboy" Reed over on the East Coast. The article points out that both Reed and Hawthorne hardly come from conventional backgrounds for a soul singer; both were raised in middle class Jewish households. This got us thinking, what is it with Jews and soul?
Take a look at the article in the New York Times and let us know what you think:
Read "Can a Nerd Have Soul?" on NYtimes.com