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Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16"


With their snaky rhythms, spooky harmonies and catchy licks, Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band once again takes the top spot on WEMU’s “Sweet 16” for “The Crossing”.  All of the time spent backing up R&B and soul sensation Charles Bradley has sparked a giant leap of creativity and risk-taking in this leading soul/jazz/funk band. 

There are welcome newcomers to the list for the third week of January:  Organissimo, the power trio from Lansing, Michigan roots songstress Rachel Brooke and Detroit-based composer/arranger Scott Gwinnell.  With Aguanko remaining on the list, WEMU continues to support regional talent not only in on air mentions for performances, but with significant airplay.  We hope you enjoy hearing these home grown groups along with the national trend-setters.

WEMU SWEET SIXTEEN January 14 to January 20, 2013

1. MENAHAN STREET BAND  "The Crossing"  (Dunham Records)
2. AGUANKO   “Elemental”  (PKO Records)
3. ORGANISSIMO " Dedicated" (Big O Records) {6}
4. ANAT COHEN   “Claroscuro”   (Anzic Records)
5. BILLY MARTIN / WIL BLADES   “Shimmy”  (The Royal Potato Family)
6. JOSE JAMES   “No Beginning No End”   (Blue Note Records)
7. RACHEL BROOKE " A Killers Dream" (Mal)
8. WINARD HARPER & JELI POSSE "Coexist" (Jazz Legacy Productions)
9. BETTYE LAVETTE "Thankful 'n' Thoughtful" (ANTI-)
10. CHESTER “CT” THOMPSON   “Mixology”   (Doodlin’ Records)
11. SCOTT GWINNELL  “Cass Corridor Story”  (Detroit Music Factory)
12. TAKUYA KURODA   “Six Aces”   (www.takuyakuroda.com)
14. WILLIE BUCK  “Cell Phone Man”  (Delmark Records)
15. DENNIS GRUENLING   “Rockin’ All Day”  (VizzTone Records)
16. KEVIN MAHOGANY  “Old, New, Borrowed & The Blues”  (Mahogany Jazz/Maristar Productions)

~Compiled by Patrick Holubik and Linda Yohn

Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!
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