Friday, January 05, 2007

HCYB Featured Album - Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Sinister Joe gave me this one for Christmas. A little birdie told her that these guys are some of Jeff Tweedy's favorites. In fact, Wilco covers Wright's peace/love/happiness ditty called "Comment." I'd say Tweedy chose a blueblood. Wright was born at the Crossroads itself - Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1941.

This whole record is solid, and it lives up to its billing as "the link between Otis Redding and James Brown." The best song is the classic "Express Yourself." Listen to it at Charles Wright's grafitti-strewn website. Although I'm still not quite sure what these lyrics mean, I love them just the same:

"It’s not what you look like, when you’re doin´ what you’re doin´. It’s what you’re doin´ when you’re doin´ what you look like you’re doin´! Express Yourself!"


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