My introduction to one of the most influential and steadfast bassists of all time was through the original Blues Brothers movie. Little did I know at the time that Dunn, (who smoked a pipe and at the time of filming had quite a large  afro ) along with Steve Cropper had been part of the famous Booker T. & the MG’s the backing band for Stax Records and  behind every Otis Redding song you’ve ever heard, along with many others like Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor, Sam & Dave, pretty much all Southern Soul worth listening to in the mid to late 1960s.  Here he is on “She Caught The Katy” from the original Blues Brothers soundtrack and “Hold On, I’m Comin’ ” by Sam & Dave playing that inimitable fluid blues bass groove. RIP

She Caught The Katy- Blues Brothers 

Hold On, I’m Comin’- Sam & Dave 

A Hog-Wild, Labor Day Barbecue Mixtape

The end of summer always comes way too quickly for my liking but luckily for everyone summer puts its last gasp into Labor Day weekend, a weekend reserved for high school kids to deal with the after shock of being back at school and one last summer barbecue for family and friends together.  To celebrate I’ve put together a sweet soulful compilation of some of the best soul the fifties, sixties and seventies had to offer. Punchy, bright, supple and warm, these numbers will put a little kick into your afternoon and bring you into the night. Remember, all the tracks listed here are free (just right-click on the link and save target/link as), but please, if you like them, support the artists. The mix after the jump

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