The Pearls - “Shooting High”
The Pearls - “Shooting High” w/ “Can I Call You Baby” (LAMP)
Indianapolis, Indiana was home to several great independent funk & soul labels in the late 60’s & 70’s. Herb Miller’s LAMP Records was a dominant force in the scene. LAMP had some heavyweight groups such as The Vanguards, Tony Black & Revolution Compared To What, The Ebony Rhythm Band, The Pearls and more.
One of the stand out sweet soul 45s on the label for me is The Pearls. This is a definite two-sider. “Shooting High” is an uptempo feel good track with sweet vocals and a nice groove backed by LAMP house band The Ebony Rhythm Band. “Can I Call You Baby” is a great female vocal ballad with beautiful harmonies throughout and killer drums by Matthew “Fatback” Watson.
With the Heartland Film Festival going on right now in Indianapolis, I was reminded of an incredible film I saw at last years festival, Thunder Soul. Thunder Soul is a documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band and their band leader Conrad “Prof” Johnson from Houston,Texas. During the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s, the Kashmere Stage Band won several awards by bringing the funk to more conservative high school stage band competitions across the nation. The film gives you some history on the band and follows alumni as they reunite 35 years later to perform for their 92 year old band leader. Check out the trailer below.
Now-Again records recently released the deluxe edition of Texas Thunder Soul (1968 - 1974) with a dvd containing a mini doc. by Charles Porter, and the short Making of Thunder Soul by B+ and Flying Lotus.
Be sure to stop through Dynamite tonight where the Kashmere Stage Band is in heavy rotation.
Dynamite returns Sunday Sept.18th @ Mass Ave. Pub!
Dynamite will be taking a break for the next couple of weeks. DJ Top Speed and I will return Sunday Sept.18th at a new location and new time.
Starting Sunday Sept.18th from 11:30pm to 3am, Dynamite will be going down at Mass Ave. Pub located at 745 Massachusetts Avenue. I am really excited about the new location and can’t wait to get busy. Hope to see everyone out!
Here is a live set from special guest DJ Chase to hold y’all over. Enjoy!