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Concert Wed May 30 2007

The Rabbit Factory's "The Birmingham Sound Volume 1" - A Chicago Connection

The Hideout is taking part in a bi-coastal event (if you consider Lake Michigan a coastal waterway) when they host night two of Rabbit Factory Inc. "Presents: 2 Nights of Classic Southern Soul" on June 23. Appearing at The Hideout will be Clarence Reid, Roscoe Robinson, and Ralph "Soul" Jackson plus Rabbit Factory owner and Chicago boy John Ciba as dj and I imagine master of ceremonies for this evening of lost soul chesnuts. Here's a couple of quotes about this collection of artists and the accompanying cd The Birmingham Sound Vol. 1:

“To make a long story short: if you're a fan of Southern soul, you need to check out this anthology. I think it's great that folks like Ciba are putting in so much work to unearth these lost sides.”
–Oliver Wang, Soul-Sides

“The compositions and recordings coming out of Hemphill’s Birmingham studio were of such consistently high quality, even the tunes by local housewreckers like Bill Butterbean Flippo, Little Lois Barber, Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson, David Sea, Eddie Steele and Chuck Strong sound like shouldabeen hits… Looks like the boys at Numero Group, Stones Throw, Ubiquity and Light In The Attic have a new crate-digging competitor.” –Tim Perlich, NOW Magazine Toronto

“This stunning compilation now gives Neal Hemphill his due…awash in shoulda-been hits. Love of music drove him, and this compilation is a wonderful testament to that enduring devotion.”
–Jo-Ann Greene, All Music

This early show starts at 5pm at The Hideout on June 23. Here's one of the lost soul nuggets available on The Birmingham Sound Vol. 1:

[mp3]: Set Me Free - Ralph "Soul" Jackson

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