Jon Bard runs the Soul Kitchen radio show on Fort Collins', Co station, KRFc-FM. His show is broadcast and streams every Wednesday over the web. Jon's been into music since he was a kid, Johnny Thunders and the Clash are amongst his favorites. Read Part 1 of our excellent interview with him here. He's seen the greats when they were great!
Here in Part Two of our interview, Jon offers the Five Great Soul Records You've Most likely Never Heard Of... but he more or less guarantees you will love:
O.V. Wright - A simply astonishing deep soul singer. Raw emotion that goes beyond almost any other singer I've ever heard.
The Mighty Hannibal - One of the most versatile performers ever. Went from r&b to soul to funk and back again, all of it great.
Ruby Johnson - Cut a few legendary sides for Stax. Ace Records dug up her unreleased stuff back in the 90's and it was a revelation. In Aretha's ballpark, which is saying something.
James & Bobby Purify - Best known for "Shake a Tail Feather", but their catalog is filled with joyful goodness.
Trouble Funk - The cream of Washington D.C.'s "go-go" movement from the 80's. Some of the funkiest music ever recorded. Get their Trouble Funk Live, put it on and be transported. If you can sit still listening to Trouble Funk, you ain't alive.
There's lots more - Willie Hightower, The Detroit Emeralds, Vicki Anderson, Dyke & the Blazers, Charles Wright. "Unknown and underappreciated soul artists" is a long, long list. Your best bet, tune in every Wednesday and let me turn to you on!
Thanks to Jon for talking to us. We're hoping to have him back in the near future as he travels to the South by South West Music Festival.