XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Soulfire” by Little Steven

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Photo by Danny Clinch for Rolling Stone

If you’ve never been to the Jersey shore, don’t worry, because Steve Van Zandt, one of rock and roll’s most incredible sidemen, is bringing the sounds of the shore directly to your speakers on his new album, Soulfire. On his first new solo album in 18 years, out on his own Wicked Cool Records, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul embody the best of East Coast rock and soul. Fans of The Boss, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Richard, Ronnie Spector, The Drifters: rejoice!

According to Rolling Stone, “the record developed out live performances Van Zandt staged with his band the Disciples of Soul in 2016. The group learned 22 songs for the concerts then hit the studio, cutting a mix of covers and originals for Soulfire. Among the covers are Etta James’ “The Blues Is My Business” and James Brown’s “Down and Out In New York City.”

Miami Steve has a resume that if it only included playing guitar for Springsteen in the E Street Band, that would probably be enough. Since 2003, he’s hosted the syndicated weekly radio show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage, and he has an Underground Garage channel on Sirius/XM. He started his Wicked Cool Records label in 2005.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Van Zandt also is known for his roles as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos, and Frank Tagliano / Giovanni “Johnny” Henriksen on Lilyhammer.

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul play the Electric Factory on Sunday, October 1st; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Below, listen to the title song to Soulfire, a scorching, upbeat classic rock and soul song, available to you to turn up to 11.

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