Regular readers of the blog will probably be well aware that one of my favourite styles of music is female funky soul. That cross between the funk music with a soulful lady’s vocals is a marriage made in heaven. Today’s selection is one such track that perfectly illustrates the sound I’m talking about. The kind of groove we got going on here reminds me of the voice of someone like Loleatta Holloway mixed with the funkier soul side of someone like Etta James. For any of you who listened to my guest appearance on NTS radio last week, this was the second track that I played.
Alder Ray Mathis was born Alder Ray Black and performed in two rather obscure soul groups called “The Buttons” & “The Delicates”. She was to cut only 1 record under the name Alder Ray Mathis (this one) however she did release some tracks under the name “Alder Ray” & her birth-name (Alder Ray Black). This particular record was released in 1970 and was co-written by none other than Mr Vernon Garrett – the other writing credit goes to someone called Larry Mathis (I’m guessing this was her partner and that’s where the Mathis surname came from). There’s not much other info about her that I’m aware of (as is often the case with the more rare 45s)
Before I go, I just want to let you know that since it’s been a while since I’ve lat had a guest contributor, I’ve been badgering some friends to dig in their crates for something for me to feature. I hope that I can have something for you in the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy today’s groovy soul sister!