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R.I.P. Solomon Burke

Posted in Solomon Burke on October 10, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

The King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke passed away early this morning on a flight from L.A. to Amsterdam.  He was 70 years old. You can read a message from Burke’s family on his website.

While I don’t consider myself to be an expert on Burke’s work, I did have the chance to see him perform at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville at the 2005 Americana Music Conference.  Never have I seen a performer with such presence and magnetism on stage as he had that night.  He made a connection with every single member of the audience and held everyone in rapt attention as his scheduled 45 minute set stretched into an hour and a half.

Burke kept trying to wrap up his performance, but the crowd wouldn’t let him, as they begged for encore after encore.  Even Buddy Miller, who was supposed to follow Burke that night, could be seen backstage motioning for the legend to keep performing.  It was quite a scene.

Miller would later produce Burke’s 2006 CD Nashville.  Here’s a track from it along with a YouTube clip of one of Burke’s classics.

Solomon Burke: Up to the Mountain (Buy Album)

Solomon Burke and Jim Lauderdale

Posted in Jim Lauderdale, Solomon Burke on August 27, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

I found this picture earlier tonight on Buddy Miller’s website. It was taken at Buddy’s house during the recording of Solomon Burke’s Nashville CD. I just thought it was a great picture and wanted to pass it along.

For those who don’t know… Solomon is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and one of the absolute giants of soul and R&B music. Jim is an Americana Jack of All Trades who is a gifted performer, talented songwriter, and the charismatic host of Tennessee Shines. They both look like they’re having the time of their lives working with each other here.
This is a song from Solomon Burke’s 2006 CD Nashville. It was written by Jim Lauderdale.
Solomon Burke: Seems Like You’re Gonna Take Me Back (Buy Album)