Artist Watch: Wherefore Art Thou....Donnie?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Politically correct, socially aware and soulfully sound, Donnie proved to be a breath of fresh air back in the early 2000's when he dropped his debut, The Colored Section in 2002. As a sort of slap of reality with a musicality and vocals that harkened back blended memories of Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway and Marvin Gaye (whom he is related to), The Colored Section shouted above the treetops with its smart, witty and on-point word play. The groove seemed even more just as Donnie released this album on the Motown label, continuing the label's history to deliver quality material circa the 1960's and 70's. Songs such as the horn fused, "People Person" and the swinging Southern soul crawl of "Big Black Buck" struck a chord with me, as they were blunt, honest and didn't seem to be force feeding you with preachings. Pretty much all of Section plays out like that, brutally honest and a straight up needle shot of funk that is infectious beyond belief.


The Lexington, Kentucky native followed up Section with the even more ambitious, The Daily News in 2007. News had Donnie going much more into the political slant than before with tracks that touched on current event topics about the Louisiana floodings of 2005 and 9/11. Donnie possesses a talent to weave in messages that are already tough pills to swallow, and morphs them into listenable soul compositions that feel straight out of a time long gone. This son of preacher parents brings something intellectual to the table, and its quite a shame that he's only known through those who dig underground for those unearthed musical gems.


Maybe I'm just impatient, but it's just seems that he has been absent from the musical game for awhile. While 2007 doesn't seem like such an antique time ago, but for someone of Donnie's caliber, it seems criminal that he still isn't burning the midnight oil and crafting more engaging albums. Digging through the Google files doesn't unearth much, as its been a hot minute since anything new from this cat has surfaced, not even new single info or even some grainy live performances on YouTube. Possibly he is crafting something even more epic than his preceding albums or maybe he's taking a breather, or maybe my sleuthing skills blow but still I would like to know...wherefore art thou, Donnie?

2 comments:

  1. *sings* Welcome to the colored section...welcome to the negro leagues. I love that album. I need to purchase his follow-up.

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  2. He's a great artist! I hope there's more music in the near future

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