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Each year, artists and labels everywhere (in a wide range of genres) anxiously await the posting of the IMA nominees. Here at Yellow Dog Records, we’ve learned to feel good about our chances, as we’ve now seen our artists nominated in seven straight years.

In the 2014 R&B category, The Soul of John Black (whose album Good Thang netted an IMA in 2012) has been nominated for Soul Album (A Sunshine State of Mind) and Soul Song (Higher Power). And our piano-drums powerhouse The Claudettes has been nominated for Instrumental Album (Infernal Piano Plot…HATCHED!) and Long Form Music Video (The Claudettes: Live in the Studio). Well done, boys.

The general public is invited to vote in each of these categories for the IMA’s “Vox Populi” award. Visit the links below to check out these songs, albums and videos…and vote!


Summer may be over, but The Soul of John Black‘s A Sunshine State of Mind keeps that mood going year round.  Check out the new video for “Higher Power”, a soulful anthem with an uplifting message that affirms that “we’re all in this together.”

KCRW“Magic Woman”, the lead track from The Soul of John Black‘s new album A Sunshine State of Mind, is featured today as “Today’s Top Tune” on the flagship NPR tastemaker station KCRW, Santa Monica.  As part of the feature, the track is offered for free download for the day and then for streaming thereafter.  Be sure to visit KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune to check it out!

Other recent “Top Tune” feature artists include the likes of Booker T, Mavis Staples, Valerie June, Iron and Wine, and Charles Bradley, and JB is thrilled to be included in their company.  This follows on the heels of a recent spin on KCSN’s LA Buzz Band show and airplay on stations nationwide.



We’re thrilled to release The Soul of John Black‘s A Sunshine State of Mind, a compilation of upbeat tunes that embody the “essence of summer”.  While four of the tracks were launched over last summer and fall as a series of preview singles, we now have the full collection to present in album form (including CDs!)

The inspiration for A Sunshine State of Mind came to JB during the winter in his home town of Los Angeles. “Although the sun shines all the time here, the mood brightens even more once the summer months arrive,” he explained. “I wanted to write songs that would keep that attitude going year-round.” Each of the tracks in the album has a lighthearted feeling, complimenting the upbeat theme of the overall collection.

From “Higher Power”, a soulful anthem with an uplifting message of community and interrelatedness, to the driving groove of “East LA Lady”, Bigham displays the unique stylistic fusion that has won praise from Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and others.

logo_bluesmobileThe Soul of John Black’s version of “Santa Claus Needs Some Lovin‘” will be featured on this weekend’s Christmas edition of the nationally syndicated Elwood’s Bluesmobile.  Visit TheBluesmobile.com to find stations and broadcast times near you.

And for some extra soulful holiday spirit, check out the other songs from JB’s festive EP, The Soul of Christmas !

Elwood's BluesmobileThe Soul of John Black’s “Lemonade” is the featured “Blues Breaker” track on the nationally syndicated House of Blues Radio Hour this weekend.  Elwood Blues introduces the song as the music staff’s favorite new song of the week, noting that “nothing says summer more than lemonade”.  Visit TheBluesmobile.com to find stations and broadcast times near you.

We’re pleased to announce new music from innovative soul-roots outfit The Soul of John Black! We’ll be releasing a series of digital singles collectively titled A Sunshine State of Mind – the first two tracks will be released on Tuesday, June 26, with follow-on singles introduced each month through late fall.

The sequence of two-song releases begins with “Lemonade,” an uptempo blues-inspired jam, and “Summertime Thang,” a sultry slow groove that moves through a soulful Al Green pulse to a gorgeous chorus of harmonies.  At the conclusion of the series the entire A Sunshine State of Mind collection will be available for purchase in digital album format, as well as individual tracks.

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We are pleased to announce that Mary Flower and The Soul of John Black have been nominated for the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards! It’s our 5th year in a row for having our artists as finalists in the IMA’s, and we’re happy to have such recognition given for their albums and songs.

Mary Flower’s Misery Loves Company has been receiving quite a lot of recognition this year, including two Blues Music Award nominations for Acoustic Album of the Year and Acoustic Artist of the Year. Adding to her honors, the IMA’s have chosen her latest release as a finalist for Americana Album.

The Soul of John Black’s latest release, Good Thang, has been nominated as a finalist for R&B Album, and the track “My Brother” is nominated for Blues Song.

The general public is invited to vote in each of these categories for the IMA’s “Vox Populi” award — visit the links below to check out songs from these albums and vote! Voting goes through July 27.

UPDATE: to vote in the “Vox Populi” category, visit the above links and once you’ve logged in, click the stars underneath song to “rank” it with a score from 1 to 5.

The holidays are upon us!  And The Soul of John Black has baked up some new treats for this holiday season, a few homemade jams, if you will.  He’s mixed up his own style of blues, R&B and soul to give a new interpretation to that old holiday cheer.  Take a listen and get ready to enjoy The Soul of Christmas.

The Soul of John Black’s “Strawberry Lady” is the featured “Blues Breaker” track on the nationally syndicated House of Blues Radio Hour this weekend.  As the music staff’s favorite new song of the week, the song will be intro’ed by Elwood Blues.  Visit TheBluesmobile.com to find stations and broadcast times near you.

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