Ralph Jackson

Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson appears to be the latest older soul singer to come out of the woodwork, benefiting from the recent increased interest in southern soul and R&B.  Like Lee Fields, Bettye Lavette, or Betty Wright, Jackson released songs in the 60s — his first in 1965, for the Muscle Shoals studio — but never encountered much in the way of fame.  (An old 45 recording of Jackson covering Cream can be heard here.) Jackson seems to have followed a path similar to the one taken by Fields, continuing to play and tour and record occasionally, largely in the south.  Now the Rabbit Factory label — which focuses on “preserving relevant roots music” — put out Jackson’s new album, The Alabama Love Man.  It’s a brief tour through thumping, guitar-driven grooves. None of the new songs seem to be on youtube, though those interested can find them on Spotify.  Another of Jackson’s older songs below (he largely stays away from slower tracks of this type on his latest album):

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