Good luck finding a bigger soul fan than Bob Davis who runs the sterling Soul Patrol site where he posts updated info daily as well as numerous broadcasts there as well. Davis was recently in Chicago at a symposium at Dominican University called “Blues and the Spirit”. He has some interesting thoughts about how performers can establish a following by using a 200/20 strategy (200 fans in 20 big cities) that’s worth hearing. He also has some stinging thoughts on the state of rock criticism today. See Davis’ musings here.
As a side note, as moving as the Democratic National Convention speeches have been, how about Melissa Etheridge’s medley? Not just “God Bless America” but also “Give Peace a Chance” and “The Times They Are A-Changin” as well as “Born in U.S.A.” “What Goin’ On” would have fit in nicely too but for maybe the first time in the political process, someone finally found the right context of veterans’ broken post-war lives in perspective in Springsteen’s song even if most of the crowd just thought of the flag-waving title as just being appropriate.