D'Angelo and Justin Timberlake will contribute to Al Green's forthcoming as-yet-untitled album, producer ?uestlove told MTV news. The album, the first for the Forrest City native since 2005, will likely be out next spring. ?uestlove, who drums in the Roots, told MTV, “I'm not producing, I'm reducing it. I'm trying to take him back to 1974 — very dry, very dirty, very grassroots sound.”
North Little Rock native Buz Lassiter is opening a new music venue that will bring what he calls “real down home blues” as well as “Dixieland jazz,” Motown, rockabilly and bluegrass acts to the stage. The Jazzy Blues Preservation Hall, modeled after New Orleans' Preservation Hall, will be housed in a renovated auto repair shop at the corner of 25th Street and Pike Avenue in North Little Rock. Lassiter's plans for the venue include benefit concerts on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at which he hopes to gain support and collect donations for his project. He also plans on hosting two-hour showcases of jazz on Friday nights, Delta blues on Saturday nights and gospel on Sunday nights. Catered food will be offered at the two-hour shows, which will start at 7 p.m. Lassiter is currently looking for local musicians to form a Dixieland house band. He is also booking local and national touring acts. For more information, visit http://www.lassitermultimedia.com/jazzy.htm.
El Dorado native Richard Leo Johnson will release “Who Knew Charlie Shoe?”, a collaboration with percussionist Gregg Bendian, on Oct. 9. On the album, Johnson takes on the fictional persona of Charlie Shoe, a protege of Vernon McAlister's (who Johnson brought to life on his last album) from Marked Tree who plays dime-a-dozen acoustic guitars. Bendian performs as “Junk Fish,” playing percussion with lard cads, brooms, pots, washboards, attic stairs, water and more.
A release date is now set in stone for the American Princes new album, “Other People.” The much-anticipated album will come out Feb. 19 on Yep Roc Records.
Correction: The Oxford American “Music Issue” will go on sale on Oct. 5, not Sept. 21, as the Times previously reported.