Tag Archives: r&b

Wake up with The Apache Relay

8 Sep

A humming sound followed by electric guitar and percussion crashing mimicking the cacophony of transitioning from a sound asleep state to one of alertness is the perfect jolt of energy to start The Apache Relay’s “Can’t Wake Up.”

Folk-rock-alternative and soul combine into 4:30 minute musical melting pot. While the tune relies heavily on Americana twang, it is when lead singer (and Bassist) Michael Ford Jr slips into his higher register and r&b soul sound that “Can’t Wake Up” makes you stand up and take notice. Part Smoky Robinson and the Miracles “Tracks of my Tears,” Ford wails and croons so smoothly, one can’t help but wonder what other musical talents he has up his sleeve.

With just a hint of retro soul intertwined within the song “Can’t Wake Up” proves that a little bit of old fashion goes a long way.

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Say Hello to Mayer Hawthorne

7 Dec

The opening doo-wop/R &B harmonies of “When I Said Goodbye” by  Mayer Hawthorne, have convinced my own family members that it is a genuineundiscovered 60’s soul song, akin to Smoky Robinson and the Miracles, and The Drifters.

They are shocked to discover the song was released in in 2009.

In 4:08 Mayer Hawthorne delivers, both musically and vocally, what might be the most sincere, authentic retro R&B throwback I have heard.

Hawthorne’s voice is deep and strong, but most of all earnest. You believe he is truly experiencing the pain of a breakup.

Combined with superb back up vocals which smoothly sail in and out of the track, and simple, honest lyrics, “When I Said Goodbye” is a song which successfully ushers the past into the present by paying homage to the great R &B and Doo-Wop bands that are now long gone from the radio waves.

Discography: A Strange Arrangement (2009), How do you Do (2011)

Official Website: http://www.mayerhawthorne.com