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Remember When Yt People Started Dipping Their Toes in Soul Music? (feat. Ashley C. Ford)

Remember When Yt People Started Dipping Their Toes in Soul Music? (feat. Ashley C. Ford)

Back Issue - September 14, 2020 - 41:31

Face Crack! I Thought You Were Black! This week, Josh and Tracy revisit musical white folks who somehow scored an invitation to the cookout. Elvis, Bobby Caldwell, Teena Marie, Kenny Loggins, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, and Justin Timberlake have all made careers in music steeped in the sounds of blackness. Is there a proper way for a white artist to exist in a genre that Black artists originated, perfected, and sometimes weren’t allowed to escape? Is it problematic to call this trend “blue-eyed soul”? Writer, host, and podcaster Ashley C. Ford joins us to tackle these questions, explore blue-eyed soul's cousin: yacht rock, and share a Michael McDonald impression that will make you laugh loud enough for your neighbor to hear.Additional Material By: VLADTV, Warner Bros., Loud Speakers Network, Urban One, TK Records/Clouds, Arista Records, Yab Yum/550 Music, John Van Druten, RCA, BMG, Stone Dwarf, Apple, Philles Records, Don Cornelius Productions, Motown Records, Columbia Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Death Row Records/Interscope Records, A&M Records, First Priority Music/Atlantic Records, Kedar Records / Universal Records, Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam, South Coast Music Group / Interscope Records, and K. Michelle.Production Music courtesy of transcriptions, please visit our website at

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Back Issue reminisces on moments in pop culture’s past that have shaped our present. Each episode brings personal reflection, incredible guests, and plenty of deep belly laughs. This season our co-pilot Tracy Clayton is taking a break, so Josh Gwynn has invited some very special guest co-hosts to share their perspective on some of the most formative stories in pop culture. We start out with not just another hair story but a conversation about the gendered politics of specific hairstyles as Josh sets out on a mission to get a silk press. We’ll also reflect on iconic award speeches, explore what our brains do on gossip, break down the backstories of Degrassi and Cheetah Girls, decide if Josh should become the next Black ex-pat, and discuss which multi-hyphenate performers are deserving of their flowers.