Almost exactly a year ago, we lost the great and irreplaceable Etta James. People with that kind of voice and presence just don’t come along that often, but the kind of music that she and other blues pioneers made will never disappear. In the right hands, it’s as vibrant and gut-busting as it ever was.
In fact, we’re seeing a sort of renaissance of blues and soul music, and for some reason a lot of the best stuff is coming out of Great Britain, featuring big-voiced stars such as Adele and Emeli Sandé. Here’s another rising British vocal star, Paloma Faith, performing a song that Etta made her own. I won’t argue that it matches Ms. James’ version, but it is very much in the same tradition, keeping it alive for new generations.
Have a good weekend, everybody.
– Jay Bookman