Feb 10, 2014 — I'll Take You There is a 24/7 R&B and soul channel from NPR Music. Curated and hosted by Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, the playlist runs the gamut from the genres' origins in the 1940s to today's slow jam stunners.
Feb 7, 2014 — The New Orleans pianist and composer plays some of his songs, including "Get Out of My Life Woman," and tells the stories behind his most iconic hits.
Feb 1, 2014 — Cooke recorded "A Change is Gonna Come" 50 years ago this week. The story of the song is as amazing, and unsettling, as the song itself.
Jan 20, 2014 — Staples' gospel-rooted solo recordings have captivated artists such as Bob Dylan and Prince, and helped pave the way for contemporary soul music. Over the course of her 50-year career, Staples has become a legend on the strength of her huge vocals and messages of hope.
Jan 18, 2014 — The group's sound broke down musical walls and inspired civil rights leaders. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with biographer Greg Kot about his new book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway.
Jan 15, 2014 — There was a time when people in the know in Memphis described James Govan as Otis Redding's natural successor. A new compilation collects some of his unreleased recordings.
Jan 12, 2014 — When the R&B bandleader fell ill last year, she didn't just stop singing: She stopped listening. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jones about returning to the stage and the long-delayed new album Give the People What They Want.
Jan 5, 2014 — Less than a year after a terrifying cancer diagnosis, the soul star stages a triumphant return. Set, as always, against The Dap-Kings' characteristically springy horns, Jones growls and struts through 10 timeless songs that couldn't sound better suited to the big stage.
Dec 20, 2013 — Finding new and excellent R&B is a scavenger hunt, one that winds through blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. Here are the 10 songs that didn't make the pop charts, but should have got more love.
Dec 19, 2013 — After a decade-long hiatus, the Boston outfit reunited in 2011; this year, it released Dig Thy Savage Soul. Here, the blues band plays a soulful, toe-tapping set live at the WXPN studios.