Saxofunk Girl - Candy Dulfer

My first Candy Dulfer experience happened when my friend Joy Broome, worked in the publicity department at Arista Records in the 80's. When I paid her a visit at her office, I left with a stack of CD's or artists such as Whitney Houston and some artists who were pretty obscure at that time: Kenny G, Sarah McLaughlin, and Candy Dulfer. Obviously, the anonymity thing wore off for Kenny G and Sarah McLaughlin. And, Dulfer..... Well, she is one of those artists who isn't in it for the fame. She's in it for the funk and the freedom to express herself and nobody else!

Back to the stack of records/CD's. When I got in my car after leaving Joy's office, I popped in Candy Dulfer's CD into the player and was immediately mesmerized by EVERY SONG. There are some great driving songs on that record. To this very day, I enjoy pulling out Saxuality for a spin.

I heard pieces of a rumor from various sources about how Clive Davis had big ideas for Candy Dulfer at one time. Cilve was the man behind the success of so many, such as Whitney Houston and Kenny G (the king of all elevator sounds). When Clive offers ideas on what artists should do, most artists listen and would swim though a mile of shit to get into his office and be told what to do by him. But apparently, when Dulfer was told by Davis what she needed to do, she did not comply. When artists don't listen to Davis, they get flushed from his companies. I am betting Candy was happy to move on and do her own thing before Davis even got the inkling. That's the Amsterdam way. That's the indie way!

In 1995, after parting ways with a sax player I had managed, was working on a new label and Candy was the artist I wanted to sign. She was a free agent at that time and I had this gut feeling she'd be the best artist to sign. I tried really hard to appeal to her manager, which was her mother, Inge. All the things that would appeal to most American acts such as money and fame don't work with artists such as Candy Dulfer. She in it for other reasons and cannot not be bought. That left me with a new perspective on artists and their dignity. Tons of respect for the Dulfers.

Dulfer is the ultimate indie artist, who has done HER OWN thing. Sure, she's collaborated with greats like Prince, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison and many many others, but she is not a puppet or a side musician. If it isn't funky or it doesn't have soul, she probably won't be there. Hope you enjoy these handpicked clips below. Peace Love Groove, GC

One of my favorite Candy Dulfer tracks is the title track from her 1993 record, Sax A Go Go
(audio/video sync is off - sorry)

Here are some live videos :)

Candy Dulfer - My Funk (live)

Candy Dulfer - Life Of The Party

Candy's father, Hans Dulfer, is a particularly badass edgy tenor sax man with his own unique sound. This next track is a song written by Hans.

Candy Dulfer Funky Stuff - Our House Is Not A Home (Live)

Candy Dulfer & Funky Stuff - Saxuality - Live 1990

And, last but not least, here is a song that is a staple song for the smooth jazz radio circuit in the U.S.A, over 20 years after it was first released in 1989 as the soundtrack for the Dutch movie De Kassière. I hate "smooth jazz" with a passion, but this song is great!

Candy Dulfer & Dave Stewart - Lily was here (Live)

And finally, a track of her latest 2011 release. It's not my favorite compared to everything she has done, but it isn't bad at all.

Candy Dulfer - Crazy

Connect direct with Candy Dulfer at CandyDulfer.NL


Priceless Video of Chaka Khan with Rufus

Stevie Wonder wrote this song which was released by Rufus & Chaka Khan in 1974. It's the voice of Bob Hope introducing the act for this Live concert which was broadcast on TV. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good

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Connect direct with Rufus at Rufus.Org


Femi Kuti - Truth Don't Die (Live Takes)

One of the great artists from Lagos, Nigeria! Fema Kuti uses music, his mind, body and soul as a tool for speaking truth to power and making people think and unite to bring down corrupt power. Think! Be True. Peace Love Groove, GC

Femi Kuti -- Truth Don't Die (Bonnaroo 2004)

Femi Kuti- Live at the Africa Shrine (In Tribute to Fela Kuti)

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Lance Lopez - Smoking Hot Texas Guitar

First blogged about Lance Lopez back in August 2007 at this link.

Now when I am in need of some hard edged blues in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughn, love tuning into Lopez' music. GC

Lance Lopez - Didja (Studio Version)

The above recording features: Lance Lopez - Guitars/Vox, John Garvin - Drums, Daniel Williams - Bass. Recorded at the Dallas Sound Lab in August 2003
Engineered by Don Moore - Produced by Lance Lopez and Eric Gales

Lance Lopez - Skank (Studio Recording)

Above recording features Lance Lopez - Guitars***Jamil Byrom - Drums***Wes Stevenson - Bass. Produced by Lance Lopez ***Engineered by Don Moore. Recorded at Bass Propulsion Laboratories - Dallas,Tx additional overdubs and Mixing at Soundcrafter Ranch - Wylie,Tx. August-October 2005


Mixed by PETE MATTHEWS & JIM GAINES - Mastered by BRAD BLACKWELL - Euphonics Masters, Memphis

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Bonnie Raitt is back :)

My friend Mike Finnigan, the legendary Hammond B3 player and super soul/blues/gospel vocalist, posted to FB that Bonnie Raitt is back in action. They just performed on Ellen yesterday and Bonnie and the band sound as fantastic as ever.

Bonnie Raitt - Right Down The Line

Had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie Raitt once, in the back of a beer pub on the Santa Monica Pier as the fantastic Teresa James performed with her band The Rhythm Tramps. Turned out Bonnie is a big fan of Teresa James. Teresa has that intangible elusive thing, a sound and a twang that is undeniable. That's why Bonnie was there. Connect with Bonnie Raitt at BonnieRaitt.Com

Here is a nice taste of Teresa James that is a live performance of my favorite song from one of Teresa's albums titled The Whole Enchilada, which I highly recommend buying. It's fantastic! When I close my eyes and listen to this song, especially the studio version, it just takes me away. This live take took place at Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Cruise #12. Turn it up, click play, close your eyes and enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

Teresa James - Love Is For All Time

Connect direct with Teresa James at TeresaJames.Com

And... BTW.... Speaking of Mike Finnigan, never ever get tired of hearing this recording that Mike made decades ago. The song is Hard Times, which was written by Ray Charles. It sure has a place in the right here, right now, for so many impoverished people in the world who are down on their luck. This is another song to just close your eyes to, however, the subtitled story at the end is a nice story about how Ray Charles reacted to hearing Mike cover Ray's song. Apparently, Ray Charles thought Mike Finnigan had put more heart and soul into playing and singing Hard Times than Ray himself had put into it. That says a lot right there.

Mike Finnigan - Hard Times

and just found this great rare unreleased recording of Mike singing one of the greatest classics from the heart of the civil rights movement in the United States, if not one of the greatest classics of all time. Mike once told me, in a Facebook thread, about how he was playing with black artists during that era when this song was written. He spoke of the hatred that some had... the racism. Mike feels this music, for he was there. It's not just a pretty song.

Mike Finnigan w/ Bill Lynch - A Change Is Gonna Come

And, this is amazing! Shows what a blues prince Mike Finnigan really is.

Mike Finnigan and The Serfs - Evil Days

Connect direct with Mike Finnigan at PhantomBluesBand.Com


Remembering Earl Scruggs and Flatt & Scruggs

R.I.P. Earl Scruggs. As one poster said it best on YouTube, "Look up Bluegrass in the dictionary, and you oughta find Lester, Earl and this song."

Flatt & Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Flatt and Scruggs - Mountain Dew (live at Carnegie Hall)

As a kid who grew up in the 60's & 70's, my first exposure to the Flatt & Scruggs was via television on The Beverly Hillbillies. Not only did they write the theme music for the show, they appeared in several episodes.

Beverly Hillbillies with Flatt & Scruggs Pearl Pearl Pearl

But they were so much more than real life characters on The Beverly Hillbillies. A website, The Flatt and Scruggs Preservation Society, is devoted to the legacy of both Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

Connect direct with the official Earl Scruggs site at EarlScruggs.Com


Ayo - Life is Real (live)

Have featured Ayo here many times, and she is most worthy of yet another post. This live recording from the Peace One Day concert, is of one of her signature tracks that put her on the MusicLoad radar. It's entitled "Life is Real" and it an anthem for those who choose to be who they are, say what's on their mind and keep it real. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

Ayo - Life is Real (live at Peace One Day concert)

... and oh my soul, just found these wonderful recordings and fell in love again, with more beautiful songs by Ayo....

Ayo with M and Sly Johnson - How Many People

Ayo with M and Sly Johnson - It Hurts

Connect direct with Ayo at AyoMusic.Com

Connect direct with Peace One Day and get details on the June 2012 concert in London at PeaceOneDay.Org


If you are in New York Tonight - see a free SHEL concert at Rockwood Music Hall

SHEL, a band of four sisters named Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, is one of my absolute favorite rising bands out there. If you are in New York tonight, Monday April 2, 2012, please go see a free SHEL concert at Rockwood Music Hall at 7:30PM. It's sure to be a lovely show for all! And, if you want to get backstage, you can probably get there if you bring Sarah some ginger chews.

If you don't know about SHEL, here is a little bit about them. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

This is SHEL (They have grown a lot since this video was made, but you'll get the idea)

SHEL - Toyland

First learned about SHEL via Eva Holbrook after i'd already fallen deeply in love with her music. She is a gifted songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist, and angelic vocalist. Eventually learned of her sisters who all share the same giftedness. Once I heard their whole band together, I knew I had landed in music heaven.

Eva Holbrook during the songwriting process on a song titled Heaven's Gate that was inspired by a Classic 30 Peavey amp she was borrowing.

SHEL - The Latest and Greatest Blueberry Rubber Band

The Rockwood Music Hall is located at 196 Allen Street New York, NY 10002
Phone (212) 477-4155 Website: RockwoodMusicHall.Com

Connect direct with SHEL at SHELMusic.Com