Thursday, December 16, 2004

King Solomon Mines (for Advancement)

Here's some Advanced soul news from

Veteran soul vocalist Solomon Burke will release his next album, "Make Do With What You Got," March 1 via Shout! Factory. On the Don Was-produced follow-up to 2002's acclaimed "Don't Give up on Me," Burke interprets songs such as Bob Dylan's "What Good am I?," the Band's "It Makes No Difference," Hank Williams' "Wealth Won't Save Your Soul" and the Rolling Stones' "I Got the Blues."

Among the artists contributing new material to the project are Van Morrison ("At the Crossroads") and Dr. John (the title track).

"Don't Give up on Me" (Fat Possum) revitalized Burke's career, winning him a Grammy for best contemporary blues album. The set featured material by Dylan, Morrison, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, among others.

He just surrounds himself with Advancement, doesn't he? I saw him on David Letterman a long time ago. As I remember, he performed sitting down but brought the house down. Advanced performers always get along well with the Paul Schaffer and his band.

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