Thursday, March 24, 2005

Let's Stay Together

The Reverend Al Green in Memphis
Photo: Al Green Music

Let's be honest: Al Green is the greatest soul artist alive today.

He was responsible for mainstreaming Memphis soul in the seventies by smoothing it around the edges. Al's smooth and raspy vocals were complemented by sensitive yet overtly sensual lyrics. Green's music has been embraced by all regardless of race, creed or color. Or generation.

The new Details runs an interview with the soul singer turned soul saver. By now, most have heard that the man who immortalized Love and Happiness and Let's Stay Together has become the Reverend Al Green. He's made some gospel cuts, but the lure of secular music has brought him back into the recording studio. Everything's Okay is the name of his latest CD ... and his message in the Details Q&A:

The music addresses our young people and our middle-aged people who've been married 10 or 15 years. It tells them, let's stay together. Any man married to his wife 40 years should be able to go into his house and say, "I'm still in love with you. You're 40 pounds overweight, I'm still in love with you."

Sounds good to me. Check out the interview for the real story behind the ex-girlfriend who tossed a pot of hot grits on the legendary artist.

Al Green: Official Website
Bio: BMI/Musisworld