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Sonny Green debuts: Found! One Soul Singer

We are beyond excited to announce the new recording from Little Village – the debut full length album from the best real deal soul singer you’ve never heard…Sonny Green!!! We truly believe he is one of the best blues and soul singers alive, and this high quality debut recording, produced/recorded by the supremely talented Kid Andersen, is going to blow you away with Sonny’s gospel-drenched, soul stirring vocals being the star of the show. Read More…
Weekend Listening:


The Sons of the Soul Revivers at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2020

Tune in with us on Saturday Oct. 3 between 2-5 PM (P.T.) to watch the Sons of the Soul Revivers play at this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass “Let the Music Play On” virtual festival. Watch on their website, with NUGS.TVFacebook LiveLuck Stream, and Circle TV. Located in the Bay Area? Tune in to Channel 4 to catch the show!
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From the Wall Street Journal: Country Songs, Sung, Strummed, and Streaming

“Streams of more traditional fare are now available online as well. The Little Village Foundation and the Arhoolie Foundation—the nonprofit offshoot of the historically important Arhoolie record label, focusing on deep, regional roots music—have a website for regular “Working from Home” concerts by lesser-known folk artists…” Continue Reading

From the LA Times: What America’s oldest living park ranger wants you to know

“Soskin, who turned 99 on Tuesday, is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service. “I had no idea, not from one day to the next, where life was going to take me,” she told me the day before her birthday. “I didn’t expect to work past my 85th birthday. I [was] hired on as a park ranger at 85, I mean, who does that?” Continue Reading

Throwback Corner
Raise Your Voice

On Oct. 7 2018 high school students from across the country came together at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival to perform songs for an album called “Raise Your Voice”, produced by Little Village. Read more about their moving performance here

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Skip the Needle premiering new song video from their LVF release Black Lives

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Black Lives written by Kofy Brown and Skip The Needle delivers a social commentary on the police killings of unarmed Black folks in the US. It’s a call for accountability and real change to a system of justice designed to control and disenfranchise black and brown bodies. It’s a song sung to acknowledge deep grief and loss due to these senseless police killings. The Black Lives video, produced and edited by Katie Cash, includes footage and imagery from the 2020 protests of the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and introduces older photographs from the 1960’s. These images bridge together stories of police terrorism against Black people for multiple decades. It also reveals an incredible story of resiliency of Black life in the US.  We are these Black lives and they matter and mean something to us.
– Kofy Brown, Skip the Needle
Little Village News and Releases
Out Now: Ron Thompson’s “From the Patio – Live at the Poor House Bistro”
Coming October 1st:
Sonny Green’s “Found! One Soul Singer”
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Ron Thompson – From the Patio: Live At Poor House Bistro Vol. 1

Recorded live at the Poor House Bistro, San Jose, CA on June 4 and August 6, 2014

Produced by Kid Andersen at his Greaseland Studio

Little Village Foundation and San Jose’s Poor House Bistro are very excited and honored to present a very special live recording from the late, great Bay Area blues legend, Ron Thompson!  This is a very emotional and bittersweet recording for all involved, because unfortunately Ron passed away earlier this year at the age of 66, due to complications from diabetes.

As you can hear on this riveting live recording, Thompson truly was one of the most passionate, powerful, intense, and soulful blues performers we were fortunate to have ever experienced and known.  Live at Poor House Bistro has captured Ron in his element, performing his electrifyin’ deep blues live in a friendly, familiar, intimate club with his long-time fans, friends, and bandmates.

Thompson is most well-known for his unique and fiery guitar playing, and his unbelievably killer slide guitar playing is always the highlight. But the multi-talented Thompson also can sing the blues more convincingly than most. Be sure to check out his emotional vocals on the deep soul ballad, “That’s How I Feel” a somewhat forgotten treasure from ‘68 from the The Soul Clan, a 60’s soul singer supergroup, written by Don Covay and Bobby Womack.

Special guests include another under-appreciated Bay Area Blues legend, harp player Gary Smith, who shines on Little Walter’s classic, “One More Chance With You.” You can hear why Little Village’s Jim Pugh is nominated for keyboard player of the year in LIVING BLUES Magazine; check out his soul drenched organ playing on Lowell Fulson/Lloyd Glenn’s “Sinner’s Prayer” and Guitar Slim’s “Done Got Over It.”  And let’s not forget about Sid and Kid! Pianist Sid Morris is another long-time talented veteran of the Bay Area blues scene who somehow hasn’t gotten his due, and the one and only Kid Andersen adds his formidable, one of a kind guitar skills to the last 2 tracks, the slide driven original “When You Walk That Walk” and the should have been classic from ‘60, “Dr. Brown” , originally written by vocalist Buster Brown/saxophonist J.T. Brown (also covered in a rave up by Fleetwood Mac, and interestingly enough Ron played for years with Mick Fleetwood, who called Ron his favorite guitarist!)

Here’s what journalist David Mac of BLUES JUNCTION had to say about Ron’s previous CD, Son of Boogie Woogie, one of the first recordings Jim Pugh released on his unique and important record label, Little Village Foundation.   “The blues explodes out of Ron Thompson like a dormant volcano which one day decides to blow its top.  Like a lava flow, Thompson’s approach here is relentless, dangerous, and slow. He has found that virtuosity doesn’t have anything to do with speed. This CD lives in the moment, and is an aural snapshot of barely harnessed emotion, soul, and energy- straight ahead, low down, gut bucket blues at its finest!’

“I’ve always felt that Ron is the most talented blues guitarist I’ve ever seen.  He can do it all. He’s extraordinarily gifted.  What many folks aren’t aware of is that Ron was a huge asset in the re-emergence of John Lee Hooker, the foundation in that boogie sound.”  –Tom Mazzolini, KPFA DJ and founder/producer of the San Francisco Blues Festival.

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Remembering Ron

We met back in the 70’s when he was living out in the Excelsior and then Novato then a warehouse in San Raphael, in Hayward then Madera then back to Hayward again and Newark. And a bunch of other places in between that I can no longer remember.

Gary Silva and Byron were with him back when I lived next store to Major Ponds. And then with the Rat Band with Tim Kaihatsu then AJ and some other drummer from Stockton- that period was dangerous – then Leonard Gille and Larry Van. Terry Hanck, me and Kenney Dale Johnson played with him for years every Sunday at Pat O’Shea’s. Later on with Scott Griffin or D’Mar at The Poor House Bistro. Even Tony Coleman and I had played with Ron more recently at The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. Early on Tom Mazzolini, Mark Naftalin and Harry Duncan had all been huge RT supporters. So too Angela Strelhi and Bob Brown.

He had the admiration of everybody from Lowell Fulson to John Lee Hooker. From Mick Fleetwood to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jay Meduri and all the people at the Poor House Bistro had really rallied for Ron the last few years. And of course Carolyn Phillips. Truly heroic she was.

Other than music and mutual friends we didn’t have much in common. Ron was a bad ass. I was definitely not a bad ass. But there were years when that combo of organ, drums and his guitar really swung. As good as it’s ever gotten for me.

Before he got too sick Ron and I went out for lunch at a Mexican place in Newark. We drove by The Newark Pavilion and talked about having both seen Los Tigres del Norte there way back before they got big. He showed me the house he grew up in and even pointed to nearby fields where he and his mother had worked picking when he was a boy. It was a tough way to grow up and you could tell it was something he carried with him.

Like I said, we didn’t have a lot in common but he was a good friend and a great musician. In one way that’s the real power of music.

 

-Jim Pugh

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WORKING FROM HOME
Episode 10:
Segelstein and Horowitz of Veretski Pass

PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US.

This week’s episode features Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, founding members of Veretski Pass. Founded in 2002 by Segelstein, the band takes its name from the mountain pass in the Carpathians through which the emigrating Jews settled in Transcarpathia, first reaching the town of Mukachevo, or Munkacs. Much of the music for this program comes from this region.

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Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz are founding members of Veretski Pass. 
Founded in 2002 by Cookie Segelstein, the band takes its name from the mountain pass in the Carpathians through which the emigrating Jews settled in Transcarpathia, first reaching the town of Mukachevo, or Munkacs. It was also the inital point of entry of the Magyar tribes into Europe in 896 A.D. led by Prince Árpád. Cookie’s father was born in Nizhniye Veretski at the base of this pass, her mother in Munkacs, and much of the music for this program comes from this region.With traditional instruments of this area, violin and bayan (button accordion), this veteran duo plays a mix of Jewish instrumental music of pre-WWII Eastern Europe, or klezmer music, along with traditional melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and Rumania. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia, Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania, Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia, and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated into original compositions. Much of this rare music has been gleaned from field recordings gathered by the musicians in numerous trips throughout Europe, as well as from family members.Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, received her Masters degree in viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. Until moving to California in 2010, she was principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony, as well as on the music faculty at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass a member of Budowitz ,The Youngers of Zion with Henry Sapoznik, has performed with Kapelye, The Klezmatics, Frank London, Klezmer Fats and Swing with Pete Sokolow and the late Howie Leess, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys and The Klezmer Conservatory Band. Cookie has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including at Yale University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marshall University in Huntington, West VA, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, University of Oregon in Eugene, Pacific University and SUNY-Cortland and at Klezmerwochen in Weimar Germany. She is a regular staff member at Living Traditions’ KlezKamp , KlezKanada, KlezCalifornia, Klezmer Festival Fürth, Klezfest London, and has been a performing artist at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash. She is also the publisher of “The Music of…” series of klezmer transcriptions. She is on the boards of both the North California Viola Society, and the American String Teacher Association, Bay Area chapter. Cookie lives in Berkeley, California with her husband Josh Horowitz, a dog and her occasionally visiting adult children.Joshua Horowitz, chromatic button accordion, cimbalom and piano, received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught music theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Klezmer Music Research Project for eight years. He is the founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Theodore Bikel, Ben Goldberg, Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. His music was recently featured in the British film, “Some of my best friends are… Jewish / Muslim”, awarded the Sandford St. Martin Trust Religious Broadcasting Award and is also featured in the new film by Jes Benstock, “The Holocaust Tourist”. Joshua taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz and is a regular teacher at KlezKamp, Klezkanada, KlezCalifornia and the Klezmer Festival Fürth. His musicological work is featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook with Aron Saltiel and The Ultimate Klezmer, and he has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach. Josh lives in Berkeley, California.

ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME

Just about everyone has been affected by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the music world, no one knows when the box office will open again, and even as many of us return to work in the coming weeks and months, working musicians will continue to be cut off from the clubs, dancehalls, theaters, and festivals that sustain them. And the rest of us will be cut off, too, from something we need now more than ever. So we’re bringing the gigs to the artists, and the artists to you — straight from their living room to yours.

“Working from Home,” a co-production of the Arhoolie Foundation and Little Village Foundation, will feature intimate mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians around the country trying to make it through this current public health crisis doing what they do best. For every installment, we will provide links where you can give tips directly to the performers, and we will match the first $500 raised for each.

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THINGS TO WATCH

Here’s Your Invitation to
The Sons of the Soul Revivers
50th Anniversary Show!  Read More
Casey Van Beek and The Tulsa Groove
#27 at Americana Radio!Watch Them on Working From Home:
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Betty Reid Soskin
No Time to Waste (trailer)


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Celebrate Who We Are

From GLIDE Magazine:

THE SONS OF THE SOUL REVIVERS TESTIFY TRADITION & SOUL ON SPIRITED ‘SONGS WE’LL ALWAYS SING’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

July 3, 2020 by Doug Collette in Album ReviewsReviews No Comments

Not just a gospel singing group, The Sons of the Soul Revivers are a bonafide band, its lineup complete with guitar, bass and drums in addition to three main vocalists. This sturdy instrumental backbone only adds to the rousing effect of Songs We’ll Always Sing so thatintentionally or not, the album serves as homage and inspiration to all the stalwart souls bravely enduring the adversity in the world this bizarre year of 2020.
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10 vital Bay Area songs create a soundtrack for a pandemic

Local artists creating tunes that capture the spirit of the times

By ANDREW GILBERT | Correspondent
PUBLISHED: June 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. | UPDATED: June 21, 2020 at 7:58 p.m.
Nothing can keep Bay Area musicians downThey continue to create and release new music in the face of pandemic and national trauma, often directly addressing the challenges confronting the nation. Here are 10 videos/recordings by singular Bay Area artists making music to stir the soul. Unless otherwise specified, all videos can easily be found on YouTube.
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Skip the Needle: “Battle Cry (Ay Ay Ay)”: This hard-rockin’ power quartet brings together four well-traveled musicians — Vicki Randle, Shelley Doty, Kofy Brown and Katie Colpitts. “Battle Cry” is the opening track for their latest album on the Little Village Foundation label, the all-too-prescient, righteously ticked off “We Ain’t Never Going Back,” and they created the video while sheltered in place for This Moment Rally, an event presented by the web-based organization This Moment.

The Arhoolie Foundation has teamed up with Little Village Foundation to produce “Working From Home,” a video series of mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians trying to make it through the current public health crisis doing what they do best. Please join us in supporting these working musicians by donating directly to them through the links provided. We will match the first $500 in donations to each.

This episode features three generations of La Familia Longoria from Brownsville, Texas. Juan Longoria Sr. has performed for over 50 years throughout the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas as the accordion player and leader of “Los Halcones Del Valle.” His son Juan Jr. continues the family tradition in his group Conteño and as founding director of the conjunto music program at Los Fresnos High School. One alumnus of the program is Juan III, who plays the accordion and bajo-quinto, and in 2018 participated in the Texas Folklife Apprenticeship Program.

Juan Sr, Juan Jr and Juan III:

The Arhoolie Foundation has teamed up with Little Village Foundation to produce “Working From Home,” a video series of mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians trying to make it through the current public health crisis doing what they do best. Please join us in supporting these working musicians by donating directly to them through the links provided. We will match the first $500 in donations to each.This week’s episode features 75 year-old blues singer and former Little Village recording artist John “Blues” Boyd of Redwood City, CA, accompanied on guitar by the one and only Kid Andersen. John worked hard labor all his life, starting as a teenager picking cotton in his native Mississippi. In recent years, a new career in blues and songwriting has helped him deal with the grief of losing his wife, and has opened up whole new avenues of life and its celebration. 
The Great John Blues Boyd

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Over Forty Little Village Musicians SIP But Together


Coming Up:

  • Working From Home Episode #9: Segelstein and Horowitz of Veretski Pass
  • Working From Home Episode #10: Casey Van Beek and The Tulsa Groove
  • Cant Stop The Blues – The Sons of The Soul Revivers
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Sony Music Recording artist  Aki  Kumar,  aka  “The  Only  Bombay  Blues  Man,”  left  his  home  in  Mumbai  with  the  intention  of working  as  a  software  engineer  in  Silicon  Valley.  Then  he  discovered  the  blues,  and  his  life  dramatically  changed.  Singing  and  playing  harmonica, he  steeped  himself  in  the  music  and  became  a  fixture  in  blues  clubs  throughout  Northern  California,where  he  developed  an  unique,  audacious blend  of  Chicago-style  blues  which  then  led  to  playing  retro  Bollywood  pop  mixed  with  the  blues.

When  he  began  performing,  Kumar  initially  attempted  to  downplay  his  ethnicity  and  perform  straight,  Chicago-style  blues.  “I  wanted  to  make  a statement  that  I  was  a  traditional  blues  man,  so  I  wanted  to  be  playing  blues  and  have  nobody  even  wonder  where  I  came  from.”  His  attitude soon  changed,  and  with  his Little  Village  Foundation  debut,  Aki  Goes  to  Bollywood,  he  began  integrating  elements  of  Indian  music  into  his  musical and  visual  presentation,  making  for  a  multi-cultural  mash-up  that  sounds  like  no  one  else,  yet  never  loses  touch  with  its  blues  foundation.

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That  unique  blend  of  East  and  West  reached  a  new  creative  plateau  on  Aki’s  second  Little  Village  Foundation  album,  Hindi  Man  Blues,  which boasts  Aki’s  most  ambitious  cross-cultural  fusion  to  date,  and  features  liner  notes  by  veteran  blues  great  Charlie  Musselwhite. “My  first  album  was really  about  my  identity,”  the  artist  states.  “Now  I  feel  it  is  time  to  be  more  direct  about  what’s  happening  out  there  in  the  world.  The  blues  scene is  my  home,  and  the  scene  can  be  pretty  conservative,  but  I  want  people  to  know  where  I  stand.  There’s  a  good  amount  of  focus  on  Bollywood classics  on  the  new  album,  and  I  even  throw  in  a  song  about  President  Trump  called  ‘All  Bark  No  Bite.’

Kumar’s  visionary  stylistic  mix  has  already  won  him  widespread  attention.  In  addition  to  the  local  blues  venues,  where  he’s  built  an  enthusiastic audience,  he’s  performed  at  the  prestigious  Hardly  Strictly  Bluegrass  festival,  been  featured  on  PRI  “The  World,”  and  has  toured  in  Russia  and Scandinavia.  Now,  after  spending  more  than  a  decade  developing  his  sound  with  the  help  of  some  of  the  Bay  Area’s  finest  blues  players,  Aki Kumar  continues  to  take  his  love  for  the  blues  to  new  and  fascinating  place.

In August 2019, Kumar recently made major news with the announcement of a record deal with Sony Music India and the world-wide launch of his debut single “Dilruba”.

Hailed as a star among the next generation of West Coast blues artists and versatile in many different styles of roots music, Kumar is equally at ease rocking a Jimmy Reed number in English as he is belting out a signature, swingin’ re-interpretation of a Bollywood classic in Hindi. Cleverly crafted originals featuring his masterful blues harmonica riffs are a highlight of this charismatic entertainer’s, hi-energy live performances

The Arhoolie Foundation has teamed up with Little Village Foundation to produce “Working From Home,” a video series of mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians trying to make it through the current public health crisis doing what they do best. Please join us in supporting these working musicians by donating directly to them through the links provided. We will match the first $500 in donations to each.
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This week’s episode features Cajun dynamo Wilson Savoy at home in Lafayette, Louisiana, bringing you a little bit of everything — from traditional Cajun accordion and fiddle to rockin’ Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles tunes on the piano. The guy can sing, too. Hope you enjoy.

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This week’s “Working From Home” features award-winning Portland, Oregon-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Mary Flower, a prodigious talent whose seasoned skills have established her as one of America’s foremost roots performers. So much so that legendary Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen admiringly described Mary Flower as “a national treasure in your own backyard.”
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The Arhoolie Foundation has teamed up with Little Village Foundation to produce “Working From Home,” a video series of mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians trying to make it through the current public health crisis doing what they do best. Please join us in supporting these working musicians by donating directly to them through the links provided. We will match the first $500 in donations to each.

Please join us in supporting working musicians whose art and spirit continue to uplift and sustain us.

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