cheatin_soul_cover.jpgThis Spring, after devouring Volume 1 and 2 of the masterfully curated Dirty Laundry black country/soul compilations (do check those out if ’70s southern soul is your thang), I went poking around the label’s website searching for other similarly themed curios. And, not surprisingly, I found one. Cheatin’ Soul: The Southern Dream of Freedom (like the Dirty Laundry comps) collects classic Southern soul jams from both the genre’s mainstays as well as its more obscure fringe artists.

1. Without a Reason – Janet & The Jays 2. Nickel and a Nail – O.V. Wright 3. Never Can You Be – Margie Joseph 4. You’re Just a Friend – Ann Sexton 5. My Desires Are Getting the Best of Me – George Jackson 6. I Wanna Be Free – Joe Tex 7. Hymn No. 5 – Earl Gaines 8. Rockin in the Same Old Boat 9. Right Here Is Where You Belong – Jerry Washington 10. If She’s Your Wife (Who Am I) – Doris Duke 11. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home – Ann Peebles 12. I Wouldn’t Treat a Dog – Bobby “Blue” Bland, 13. What Was I Supposed to Do – Clarence Carter 14. I Don’t Wanna Wake Up – Ruby Andrews 15. Some Mother’s Son – Sandra Phillips 16. Next Man – Jean Stanback 17. Don’t Destroy Me – Margie Hendrix 18. I Still Love You – Ann Sexton 19. I Don’t Know Why – O.V. Wright 20. After Laughter Comes Tears – Wendy Rene 21. I Am a Carpet 22. East of Nowhere – Mickey Murray 23. Love You Save – Joe Tex

MP3: Bobby “Blue” Bland :: Bobby Blue Bland
Purchase: Cheatin Soul & The Southern Dream of Freedom



Black Keys fan? If so, in conjunction with their upcoming performance on “Live From Abbey Road”, (on the Sundance Channel on Thursday 7/24) we have a cool giveaway. It’s a Vy & Elle messenger bag filled with Black Keys merch plus speakers, t-shirts, etc. Leave a comment if you want to enter to win one of these. Tell us your favorite Black Keys jam or something.

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69 Responses to “The Southern Dream of Freedom”

  1. Sweet! Picking a favorite Black Keys song is tough, but if you’re forcing me, I’d say “Set You Free” off of Thickfreakness. Although I’ll probably want to change that as soon as I hit ‘submit’.

  2. sign me up. I’ll go with Heavy Soul.

  3. I would love to win that stuff. My favorite Black Keys song of the moment is “Lies” of the new album. I’m also really diggin’ their cover of Captain Beefheart’s “I’m Glad”

  4. I really like the “reverb through a tunnel” sound of the guitar on “Just Couldn’t Tie Me Down”.

  5. Hmm, gotta go with “10 A.M. Automatic” off Rubber Factory. The guitar is nasty and the groove is some funky ass shit (nearly every single day).

  6. Tough call on my fav Keys tune…for now I’d say “I’ll Be Your Man” from The Big Come Up.

    I gotta track down this Cheatin’ Soul comp.

  7. “Stack Shot Billy” is the greatest BK jam of all time. I love any Stagger Lee interpretation and there’s is one of the best.

  8. i know someone already chose this one, but i gotta go with “10 a.m. Automatic”. come on yall, pick me!

  9. i gotta go with the first song i heard by black keys, ’till i get my way’. although i must admit that i have the most fun listening to their cover of she said she said

  10. Don’t sleep on “Countdown” from The Big Come Up. Heavy on the blues, that one.

  11. I would love to win that bundle as well! Two of my favorite tracks are ‘Meet Me in the City’ off of Chulahoma and I am really digging their Capt. Beefheart cover of ‘I’m Glad’.

  12. “Just Couldn’t Tie Me Down” from Rubber Factory cooks and grooves and swings and makes you wanna dance all dirty like.

  13. Want to hear more of the great Bobby Blue Bland ? Go here :

    and you’ll be able to listen 2 great Bobby Bland mixes !

  14. Don’t know if it’s my favorite but, The Keys covering the Stooges “No Fun” kicks ass!

  15. Chulahoma is my current favorite Black Keys song collection, with either “Keep your hand off her” or “Meet me in the City” being my favorite Kimbrough covers.

  16. Right now I am stuck on “Things Aint Like They Used To Be” off of Attack & Release, but “Modern Times” off of Magic Potion and “10 A.M. Automatic” both rock

  17. “meet me in the city” has been covered by just about everyone, but somehow their stands out from the rest.

  18. hmmm….favorite keys tune? that’s tough!
    – I’ll go with “Breaks” from “The Big Come Up”

    Also, their cover of “The Wicked Messenger” rules!!!

  19. Grown So Ugly!

  20. Count me in on this contest!

    Absolutely have to go with “Brooklyn Bound” off of The Big Come Up. The lo-fi crunch on Auerbach’s guitar, those slowly dragged out bends, and that raunchy, juke-joint riff make it pure blues perfection.

  21. Oh man, it’s all about “Strange Times” for me. That riff is so goddamn heavy and dirty. Throw my hat into the ring for the contest too!

  22. sign me up! Have to go with anything of chulahoma, specifically “keep your hands off her”.

  23. No question, Grown So Ugly. If only they would play it live again.

  24. I want in! Sounds great.

    My favorite Keys jam is probably “Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be.”

  25. Easy. “Keep Me” from Rubber Factory, a kickin’ little jam with that classic clunky guitar, the nasty riff that starts at about 14 secs into it just kills me.

    “You’re The One” from Magic Potion is a fav too, maybe because it sounds so much different from their other songs, such a pretty little melody.

  26. I love their version of Have Mercy on Me, can I win now please?

  27. Hmmm. It iiis difficult, but I would probably have to go with Busted off of The Big Come Up…even when I’m sleeping that song will make me tap my feet. Short but sweet.

  28. the first track off the new record – all you ever wanted.

    “…and all you ever wanted was someone to treat you nice and kind…
    i’ll be your black bird darlin’, hangin on your telephone wire…”

    and i friggin can’t get enough of their version of i’m glad.

  29. Their cover of My Mind Is Ramblin’ off of that Sunday Nights compilation best captures the essence of what they are all about in one song IMHO.

  30. Chulahoma is my go to. So raw, so real. Gets me every time.

  31. Black Keys are massive. Have to go with the new one, though. Dangermouse’s fleshing out of their sound suits them!

    Fave rave = Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be.

  32. “Stack Shot Billy” for me. So many great songs to choose from.

  33. Had the pleasure of seeing the Keys in the UK three times thus far. The best show was at Wolverhampton promoting Magic Potion. Arrived early and found Pat in the band van noodling to his iPod. He willingly took time out from his pre-show routine to talk about touring, England, the band and music. Apres gig Dan and Pat wandered out and spent quality time with the few fans gathered waiting for album signatures. They’d played an awesome, sweaty, brash set in front of an excited and appreciative audience.

    Great website – loads of good stuff. Really!

  34. Black Keys rock.

  35. i gotta go with “hard row” off of thickfreakness. I was listening to it today and it’s just the perfect guitar sound. Dan rips it up!

  36. Hi! Long time reader, first time poster – love the site.

    Currently rocking the opening track from Rubber Factory – “When The Lights Go Out”. Also hard to beat anything off of Chulahoma.

  37. Hope I Win! Can’t go wrong with “Busted!”

  38. We had a ton of Black Keys on our wedding mix.

    I’ll have to go with their cover of the Sonics’ “Have Love Will Travel.”

  39. “I’ll Be Your Man” is where it’s at. Pure driving blues.

  40. Seeing the Black Key’s at their ‘myspace secret show’ at the Beachland Tavern, which holds around 150 people was unbelievable, seeing as how I saw them there about 4 years ago there before they blew up. I never thought they would play the tavern again. Also the new album’s tracks hold up great live, but we all knew they would.

  41. Have to go with “Stack Shot Billy”. Too good, and the riff is massive!! Hard to choose though…

  42. gotta be “have love will travel” that grab bag sounds solid

  43. Gotta be “Strange Desire”….1st song I ever heard by The Keys….from the fuzzed out guitar, to the echoey vocals, to the bluesy breakdown midway that lulls you to a trance, this song is where they got in that “zone” and created a classic………”And a Young Man gonna make mistakes, until he hits the brakes…”

  44. As already noted 10 A.M. Automatic is Hot!!

    Next weekend in Chicago The Keys at the Metro, then on Friday The Black Keys>Raconteurs>Radiohead

  45. My favorite jam is probably the Grape. It has a full flavor with hints of southern fried pork fat and maple syrup. It goes amazingly well with a few pints and a fat joint. Perfectly satisfying.

  46. YOUR TOUCH! hook… me… up.

  47. i love the chulahoma ep and off the most recent album “all you ever wanted” and “oceans & strteams” are pretty excellent. i am looking forward to seeing them at ACL this year.

  48. I’ve always liked TBK’s cover of she said, she said. I always enjoyed seeing them at the now closed Lime Spider in Akron. I’ve heard that the Lime Spider’s owner turned it into a restaurant that prides itself on its grilled cheese sandwiches, mmm…. grilled cheese.

  49. Man I cannot get the “Don’t let me down” inspired “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be.” Amazing vocals, sick guitar, awesome blues rhythm and break up lyrics that can make a full grown man cry.

  50. count me as another vote for “Your Touch”. Can’t get enough of that song…

    i hope i wins me some goodies!


  51. ‘Your touch’ touches me deeply.

  52. Oooh. Goodie bags are the best!

    “Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be” has been owning my speakers as of late.

  53. My go to track by these guys has to be “Modern Times” off Magic Potion. It’s freakin’ dirty and raw and even has a kind of funk feel to it. SPin on the turntable and it sounds even better.

    Keep up the great work – you have one of the best sites around!

  54. I gotta go for Girl Is On My Mind. I want that fat goodie bag.
    Ditto on the great site. One of my dailies.

  55. Put me in for that! I Got Mine is one of the best songs of the year so far I say so I will go with it for now

  56. Hands down, it has to be 10 am Automatic.

  57. Hell yeah I wanna win one of these illustrious prizes.

    Favorite Song: Grown So Ugly

  58. Me thinks my favorite Black Keys is “set you free”. That video kicks some ass.

  59. Currently digging the “Meet Me in the City” cover on Chulahoma

  60. I have picked my favorite Keys songs…. But Goat’s (#45) comment makes me love Grape more than the song I was gonna pick and I’m not even sure I’ve heard it…. I am in the throes of a full on pork and weed jones now. Thanks Goat…

  61. Sign me up! I’m always digging on ‘The Lengths’ from Rubber Factory. Let’s hear it for another great band from Ohio… there’s something in the water.

    ~Joel M.

  62. Have tix for the Metro next Thursday followed by Lollapalooza 4:15pm – 5:15pm on Friday. Can’t wait…they blew it up last year! FAV: GOODBYE BABYLON

  63. Sign me up… My fav Black Keys tune…. Midnight in Her Eyes.
    I have loved them from the start.

  64. leaving trunk – best keys track

  65. sign me up. My favorite has to be “Thickfreakness” I mean, c’mon with a name like that there is just soooo much to love!

  66. I’d love to enter – I still dig the Keys’ cover of “Have Love, Will Travel” – it’s one nasty jam!

  67. Sign me up! Love the Keys, can’t wait to see them in Pittsburgh in a few weeks.

    Favorite tune, definitely Grown So Ugly.

  68. 10 am Automatic is what introduced me to them and I still love that song.

  69. Thanks Justin.

    This is easily among the best music blogs out there, and I ain’t just saying that cause I won. Hells Yeah

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