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Neo-Soul On The Turntable At Waiting Room Records

Brianne Murphy playing Durand Jones on the turntable at Waiting Room Records
Jon Norton
Brianne Murphy playing Durand Jones & the Indications on the turntable at Waiting Room Records

The sound of classic soul music is enjoying a renaissance. Artists including Sharon Jones & the DapKings, Leon Bridges, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and Jill Scott have taken inspiration from late 60s and early 70s soul when writing and recording new music.

Brianne Murphy of Waiting Room Records has been digging into Durand Jones & the Indications.

The Indiana-based quintet just released its second full-length album. It’s titled "American Love Call."

GLT's Jon Norton stopped by the uptown Normal store to get a taste of the album from Murphy, which she said references many political and social issues America is grappling with in 2019. For example, Murphy said the lead track “Morning in America” takes its title from President Reagan’s 1984 campaign theme, and tackles racial tension, the Flint water crises, and America's opioid epidemic, among other topics.

Murphy added Jones' label Colemine Records is releasing a three-disc box set for Record Store Day this Saturday that includes Durand Jones among the 27 tracks from the label's 7-inch catalogue. 

Listen below as Murphy plays songs from Durand Jones and the Indications on the latest installment of GLT's What's On Your Turntable.

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Jon Norton is the program director at WGLT and WCBU. He also is host of All Things Considered every weekday.