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After The Tempests: Sea-Saint Studios and Hurricane Katrina - E. Mark Windle.

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After The Tempests: Sea-Saint Studios and Hurricane Katrina - E. Mark Windle.

For Roger Branch, original founder of The Tempests, New Orleans had an attractive pull for studio engineering and production work. Like any musician, he had a deep appreciation for the vibrancy of the city’s musical culture. In addition, he had already forged professional links with key industry figures there like Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, from his early days at Reflection Sound back in Charlotte. Toussaint and Sehorn had already been working closely together some ten years before Roger had first connected with them in the early 1970s. Toussaint’s musicianship helped define the Nola R&B sound of the late 1950s...

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Holding onto the Past, and New Directions - E. Mark Windle.

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Holding onto the Past, and New Directions   -   E. Mark Windle.

The home page of A Nickel And A Nail emphasizes that its wider purpose, beyond being a commercial entity and serving readers interested in exploring the history of soul and R&B, is to contribute to the preservation of that music history through a variety of means, including reviews, blogs, biographies and supporting self-publishing authors. Preservation is not just about holding onto what we know soul music's past. It also requires effort to obtain new insights into past events, to add context, debunk myths and get the stories straight. This is achieved admirably by a number of writers and researchers on...

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Summer 2019 release - The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story

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Summer 2019 release - The Tempests: A Carolina Soul Story

(A book by E. Mark Windle. Publication date 15 July 2019. Pre-order facility available now). I doubt it was just a moment-in-time thing. Thirty years on, my memory of first hearing Someday echo across the dancefloor at an all-nighter and stopping this young teenager dead in his tracks has not faded. It wasn’t a recording which necessarily broke the mould upon ‘rediscovery’ on the early 1980s northern soul scene. The new open-minded approach and healthy appreciation for musical diversity had already seen to that, whether it be mid tempo, beat ballads, latin soul, early R&B or others  - and the...

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Radio, TV and the Nashville R&B Scene (Part One) - E. Mark Windle.

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Radio, TV and the Nashville R&B Scene (Part One) - E. Mark Windle.

Music historians will argue over the exact origins of the music industry in Nashville, although any stance depends on the genre under discussion, and how far back one is willing to go. The predominance of country music is undeniable, with its roots planted in Celtic and European folk songs and associated instrumentation brought to the US by early immigrants. In the 1920s, Nashville’s first radio station WSM cemented the city’s country music status with Grand Ole Opry broadcasts of mountain songs and hillbilly music. These styles would later contribute to what is now known as the ‘third’ generation of country...

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The Way of the Crowd: The Dan Folger Story - by E. Mark Windle.

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The Way of the Crowd: The Dan Folger Story - by E. Mark Windle.

“There were three of us, eighteen months apart” says Brenda Kippa, sister of Dan Folger. “My first brother was born in 1941, then came Dan (b. 1943 d. 2006) and finally me. We lived in La Honda, a suburb of San Francisco. We were comfortable financially and lived in a lovely home. However, there was great trouble in the marriage between our parents, and finally my mother called her father who came to California and brought us all (except my father) back to Texas. My mother couldn't find work, so she initially left us with her parents and found work...

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