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Southern Soul music artists

Sam's crossover from the gospel of The Soul Stirrers to his successful solo career kickstarted Southern soul in the mainstream. Almost everyone who followed in his footsteps credited him as an influence or as their favourite artist.

Essential Listening:
"You Send Me"
"You Were Made For Me"
"(What A) Wonderful World"
"Chain Gang"
"A Change Is Gonna Come"

Dig a Little Deeper:
"Lost and Looking"
"Please Don't Drive Me Away"
"That's Heaven To Me"

Although it took a few years for the listening public to catch up with him, Ray Charles invented the blueprint for basic southern soul.

Essential Listening:
"I Got A Woman"
"What'd I Say, Parts 1&2"
"The Right Time"
"Lonely Avenue"

Dig a Little Deeper:
"I'm Movin' On"
"I Believe To My Soul"

The big voice and bigger heart of The King of Rock 'N Soul ruled the airwaves in the 1960s and practically kept his label, Atlantic, afloat. He never really got the full amount of recognition he deserved, but those who really know their r&b can't say enough good things about him.

Essential Listening:
"Cry To Me"
"Down In The Valley"
"Take Me (Just As I Am)"
"Don't Give Up On Me"
"I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You"
"Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)"
"Got To Get You Off of My Mind"

Dig a Little Deeper:
"Woman, How Do You Make Me Love You Like I Do"
"Can't Nobody Love You"
"Get Out My Life Woman"
"The Other Side of the Coin"
"It's Been A Change"
"He'll Have To Go"

Here is famous house band for Stax Records (therefore creating the sound for such artists as Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, a young Wilson Pickett and more). However, when these musicians were left to their own devices, they brewed up some of the most groovy and happenin' southern soul classics. This *is* the Memphis sound.

Essential Listening:
"Green Onions"
"Hip Hug Her"
"Soul Limbo"
"Time Is Tight"
"Be My Lady"

Dig a Little Deeper:
"Comin' Home Baby"
"Behave Yourself"
"Soul Dressing"

Despite a rather limited voal range, few could match Otis's tenderness for the ballads and and boldness for the belters. He was also one of the best songwriters in his field.

Essential Listening:
"Try A Little Tenderness"

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by WishfulSinful

Keb' Mo' draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson, but keeps his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. He writes much of his own material and has applied his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar skills to jazz and rock-oriented bands in the past as well. Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles to parents of Southern descent, he was exposed to gospel music at a young age. At 21, Moore joined an R&B band later hired for a tour by Papa John Creach and played on three of Creach's albums. Opening for jazz and rock artists such as the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jefferson Starship, and Loggins & Messina helped broaden Moore's horizons and musical abilities

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When he is not fronting for the band, this Garcia sibling tends to his collection of 150 guitars, 10 keyboards and 10 drum sets in his home, and writes instrumental rock music for corporate and individual clients. “I write these rock songs for a change ..

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