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Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street

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Did you know that Bobby Womack plays a right-handed guitar upside down? That's just one of the many nuggets you can cull from the most excellent interview the music legend gave to Soundcheck back in January that aired again yesterday.

You have to give credit where credit is due, and it's insane how long and far-reaching Womack's career has been. Let's see, he's put out 11 albums, worked with everyone from Elvis Presley to Lana del Rey, and he is undeniably, an icon. Here's Womack, on being an icon, working with other icons:

The Marvin Gayes, the Otis Reddings, the Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix — I worked with all these people, never knowing about fame. All they was doing was trying to pay their rent for the day, and enjoy what they did. Now all those people are gone… and ever since I feel like I represent them when I go on stage to say "This is what soul music is about." Cuz everybody's got it—don't care what color you are—you know, you just gotta recognize what your soul, that's like your style. What motivates you and makes you move and makes you wanna get out there and do what you do.


The interview is wonderful, and definitely worth a listen. So is one of his best songs, Across 110th Street. [Spotify, iTunes, Amazon]