Aaron Livingston, better known by his stage name Son Little, is Philly’s answer to Leon Bridges; a talented young man taking old school soul and R&B and repurposing it for more current tastes. His vocal talents are immediately evident but the way he is able to go from slow-burning croon to all out R&B is impressive to say the least. Livingston shows this range during the three-song set he recently recorded at NPR’s Tiny Desk.
The performance — which can watch below — begins with the slow and emotional visceral “Lay Down”, which contains almost no instrumental accompaniment, leaving the heavy lifting to Livingston’s more-than-capable vocal skill. “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches” and “The River” wrap up the intimate set, which also features Livingston’s sister Megan and percussionist Jabari Exum.
In addition to Son Little’s Tiny Desk performance, the busy singer-songwriter teamed up with eclectic singer Doe Paoro to write a new song, titled “Shadows”. The duo then got together with the folks at Cardinal Sessions to record their brand new track live in Germany. There is only a gentle guitar plucking to add to the dynamite harmonization between Paoro and Livingston, but judging by the end result, which can watch below, that was plenty for the duo to show their skill.
You can catch Son Little in Philly this Spring when he played at the Fillmore Philly on March 6 in support of Leon Bridges; for more information on that show click here.
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