Soul Still Alive!
Back in 2001, Rhino released an eye-opening compilation called Chitlin' Ciruit Soul, which compiled 80's and 90's Southern Soul. It was eye-opening because most people think that the Soul music they grew up with is gone and now only being played on Oldies stations. But Soul as you know it continues to strive in the Southern states and on some Southern radio stations. Google and you'll find a few worth streaming. Of course most of these songs and albums don't chart Billboard, but there is a loyal following. Enough that some older Soul singers and newer ones can carve out a decent living. German label Trikont updates the Rhino comp on its Motel Lovers, and it too is worth a listen. Only repeating 2 names from Rhino, Trikont adds mostly 90's and 00 songs. Some of the names are familiar to Southern Soul fans and even older Soul fans: Denise Lasalle, Gwen McCrae, Marvin Sease, Bobby Rush, Peggy Scott-Adams. But there are new names here: Big Cynthia, Sheba Potts-Wright and Floyd Taylor (Johnnie's son). All keeping the Soul flame alive. Most of these songs are about cheating men/women or women who aren't getting enough sexually. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 6 years for the update.