Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Millie Jackson & Isaac Hayes- If You Had Your Way
The annual Thanksgiving breakfast concert is one of Kansas City's best traditions. It usually features soul-blues artists like Z.Z. Hill, Clarence Carter, Marvin Sease and Bobby Rush. This year we get Millie Jackson, along with two of Johnnie Taylor's sons. I'm giddy. Every Jackson album contains wacky moments, and perhaps none is odder than Royal Rappin's. The 1979 collaboration with Isaac Hayes features a cover of Foreigner's "Feels Like the First Time." It mostly concerns faltering relationships and the politics of sex, common Jackson themes. "If You Had Your Way" is a prime example. Hayes' exhortations are both amusing and convincing. Jackson is infamous for her vulgarity, but it's intelligent material like this that makes her an extraordinary talent.
I wasn't tempted to buy Keith Urban's new hit collection yesterday. But when I listened to an e-card for Rhonda Vincent's January release this morning, I was struck by her wonderfully sympathetic duet partner on "The Water Is Wide." I was startled to discover it was Urban.
My favorite rock star is Brandon Phillips of the Architects. So it's no surprise that I'm amused by his little conceit at Jason Harper's blog.
Kansas City Click: Will anyone be at the VooDoo Lounge tonight for the John Butler Trio? (It blows my mind that this video is approaching two million views.) There Stands the Glass favorite Brett Dennen opens.
As noted above, Millie Jackson, Floyd Taylor and Johnnie Taylor, Jr. are at the National Guard Armory in Kansas City, KS, on Thursday. BYOB.