Blues Mix, Vol. 6: Super Southern Soul
by Various Artists
Released: Feb 2012
Label: Ecko Records
Reliable Memphis chitlin' circuit label Ecko Records switched gears somewhat in 2012, focusing more on samplers like this one and less on individual-artist albums. Not a bad deal for us: Less filler, more killer. These 12 songs aren't even all new; one of the sassiest and bounciest, from Jewel J., dates back to 2007. But with lots of dirty-minded, middle-aged soul lifers -- including four women, three Clarksdale, Miss. residents and a few Chicago transplants to the South -- cheating and being cheated on, they're all of a piece. Plus, R. Kelly fans really need to hear David Brinston's falsetto.