Out Of Left Cotton Field: The Brokenhearted Country Soul Of Percy Sledge
Barney Hoskyns, 'The Complete Atlantic Recordings' (Rhino), 2010
PERCY SLEDGE IS as prone to romanticizing Muscle Shoals as the many music writers who rhapsodize about the area in pieces about local luminaries like Drive-By Truckers and Dylan LeBlanc. Though he hasn't lived there for many years, the small northern Alabama city with the surreal name remains Percy's true home, the musical oasis thatback in the 1960smade him the king of southern country soul. Not to mention one of the most deeply affecting singers in the history of R&B.
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