It's My Thing
It's My Thing

Marva Whitney

It's My Thing

1969

Deep Funk

Like any disc produced by James Brown and featuring the mighty JB's as a backing group, It's My Thing is a stone-cold funky record. Marva Whitney sang in the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1969, and in 1969 she released this record. A tough, aggressive female singer. Marva sounds like she could take any comers and leave them shaking in their go-go boots.

- Tim Sendra

The Blue Sky Boys [1976]
The Blue Sky Boys [1976]

The Blue Sky Boys

The Blue Sky Boys [1976]

1976

Close Harmony

The Blue Sky Boys -- brothers Earl and Bill Bolick -- sprang out of the same era of brother duets that produced the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and the Louvin Brothers, but their sound was entirely their own. The 14 guitar-mandolin duets here are mostly mournful songs of unrequited love, murder, and loss, all sung in close, aching harmonies.

- Burgin Mathews