Amy Black – “Bring It On Home to Me” (video) (Premiere)

In taking on a tune by the great Sam Cooke, Amy Black dives into a joyous vocal performance and a goofy character to really "Bring It On Home".

Alabama’s famed Muscle Shoals has long been a goldmine for the recording of great music, particularly in the Americana, blues, and roots genres. For Amy Black, her ties to the town are more personal, as both of her parents were born there. In channeling both her own past with Muscle Shoals and her love for gospel, roots, and R&B, Black took to the town’s FAME Studios to record The Muscle Shoals Sessions, her third solo outing, drawing from legendary sources of inspiration such as Etta James, Mavis Staples, Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin. Another key tribute on the album is a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me”, the fun and goofy video of which you can view below.

In the press release for The Muscle Shoals Sessions, Black says, “Making this music has changed me as an artist. It’s altered my musical course and I’m so glad.” One viewing of “Bring It On Home to Me” and it’s easy to see that she’s right on the money.

Black tells PopMatters about her choice of “Bring It On Home to Me”: “When selecting songs for The Muscle Shoals Sessions album, I stumbled on a very funky interpretation of Sam Cooke’s ‘Bring It On Home to Me’, recorded by Lou Rawls in Muscle Shoals a decade after the original. This version is a blast to perform live. I brought that energy to the video, and resurrected a special character who came to life several Halloween’s ago. Her name is Grandma Gertie; she’s from Waterloo, Alabama, carries Moonpies in her pockets, loves her sweetheart, and has to ‘shake that thang’ when she hears a killer groove.”

The Muscle Shoals Sessions is out on 9 June via Rueben Records.

Upcoming tour dates for Amy Black:

12-13 June — Somerville, MA — Johnny D’s — Album Release

19 June — Burlington, VT — The Skinny Pancake

25 June — New York, NY — Rockwood Music Hall

26 June — New Haven, CT — Cafe Nine

3 July — Goshen, IN — First Friday Concerts

4 July — Berwyn, IL — Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival

5 July — Benton, MI — The Livery

7 July — Worthington, OH — Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza

8 July — Cleveland, OH — Beachland Ballroom Tavern

9 July — Newport, KY — Southgate House

10 July — St. Louis, MO — The Stage @ KDHX

11 July — Kansas City, MO — Knuckleheads

14 July — Clarksdale, MS — Rust

15 July — Clarksdale, MS — Ground Zero Blues Club

18 July — Brownsville, TN — Summer Jamz

18 July — Tupelo, MS — Blue Canoe

23 July — Nashville, TN — The Bluebird Cafe

24 July — Duluth, GA — Red Clay Music Foundry – Eddie Owen Presents

25 July — Birmingham, AL — Workplay

28 July — Thomas, WV — The Purple Fiddle

30 July — Ashland, VA — Ashland Coffee & Tea

31 July — Philadelphia, PA — World Cafe Live

2 August — Washington, DC — Gypsy Sally’s

5 August — Asbury Park, NJ — The Saint

6 August — Annapolis, MD — Ram’s Head On Stage

21 August — Northampton, MA — Iron Horse Music Hall

22 August — Newburyport, MA — The Firehouse Center for the Arts

23 August — Collinsville, CT — Bridge Street Live

27 August — Pawling, NY — Daryl’s House

28 August — Fall River, MA — Narrows Center For the Arts

29 August — Nashua, NH — Riverwalk Cafe

25 September — Dallas, TX — Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

26 September — Austin, TX — Strange Brew

27 September — Houston — Mucky Duck

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