Finger-snappin’ gospel and fine blues. Sharon Jones, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and The Carolina Chocolate Drops (from the movie, The Great Debater)

A two-fer of 1930s blues/jazz/gospel from the movie, The Great Debater, courtesy of Sharon Jones, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Great music, interlaced with video from the film. Fine combo.

Special thanks to Seth Weinberger for suggesting it. I never even knew, and, man, was I missing something.

Totally different: some very sexy blues by Sharon Jones.

 

“Hand It Over” by the great Keb’ Mo’

Keb’ Mo’ puts a distinctive imprint on the blues. His relaxed sound reminds me of J.J. Cale, Taj Mahal, and even Les Paul.

Here, Garth Brooks brings him onstage to do “Hand It Over.” It’s a famous Keb’ Mo’ song, one he usually does solo, but here he has a backup singer, a harmonica player, Garth’s guitar, and an enthusiastic audience. The result is an infectious, unlifting rendition that underscores the song’s gospel roots. (The music starts at 1:05, if you want to skip the intro.)

Keb’ Mo’s appearance must have been a happy surprise for an audience that came to see Garth’s country music. But this cross-fertilization is what forged American music.