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Through each decade of triumphs and tragedies, our musical heroines and heroes have inspired us by tapping into our collective angst and anger, and then translating those emotions into song, releasing timeless tracks that are appreciated and adored from one generation to the next.

2017 is definitely one for the world’s-gone-mad record books, making Stephen Emmer’s Home Ground, released in June of this year, highly relevant as it resonates with political and socially-powered lyrics of this time in history while inspired by defiant, classic soul tracks from Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Gil Scott-Heron, and Billie Holiday that wielded “an iron fist with a velvet glove.”

Published in Events
10 Mar 2006

Ursula Rucker is in love with Prince. “If I would go through a hard time,” she says in her bio, “I would listen to something otherwordly godlike so sexy and so fine. It was all I needed.”

With her latest release Ma’at Mama, she gives those of us who jones for some of that Love Jones poetry, just what we need. With a little touch of Prince’s influence, as provided by producer Anthony Tidd, who uses traditional African percussion, guitar, and synthesizers to back up the goddess’ shameless thoughts.

Published in Music Reviews Archive