St. Louis soul singer Barbara Carr has been around for a while now. At 71, she's been pouring out smooth and sexy soul for decades, with some fine albums to her credit.
Now she's released a new one this week, "Keep the Fire Burning" (her first on Catfood Records, out of El Paso, Texas, produced by the fine Mississippi soulman Johnny Rawls and Bob Trenchard).
Carr has always been know for her smooth and sassy vocals, with a heavy dose of the sultriness that makes the best food for the soul.
And she's still got it. Backed by a slow and greasy production, with chunky horns hitting just the right spots, Carr simmers through 11 tracks written or co-written by Rawls.
From the slyly suggestive title track to a sensuous duet with Rawls on "Hold On to What you Got," to the slinky closer, "Sweet Talking Snake," Carr offers up some classic Southern soul.
This is the kind of powerful music that actually deserves the label "soul." It's the kind of stuff that should be required listening for young artists, smoking with the wit and wisdom of lust and love.
I couldn't find any album-related videos, but here's a steamy sample: