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Monday, September 8, 2008

Blues Critic Media: Clarence Dobbins

Clarence Dobbins
is causing an "uprising" in the Blues, Southern Soul and Urban Adult Contemporary world with advance praise of his sterling new CD "The Uprising"


Street Date 10/21/08
When you're born with a singing voice as potent and versatile as the one Clarence Dobbins possesses you mustn't limit it to any one genre. Equally moving singing Electric Blues, Deep Soul to Soulful Blues, R & B and even Adult Alternative crossover, Dobbins has been thrilling audiences throughout "the music city", Nashville, for years..

Dobbins began singing at the age of seven after gaining inspiration from the likes of Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Albert King, Bobby "Blue" Bland and even the smoother Soul stylings of Donnie Hathaway. After serving his country in the Marines he started performing professionally. In 1977 he joined The Kadillacs as their lead singer before starting his own R & B aggregate the Clarence Dobbins Revue by 1979, opening for Nashville artists like Freddy Waters, Lavart Allison, and Rufus Thomas, to name a few. He and his band are currently headlining throughout The Nashville and Memphis area..

If you've yet to see a Clarence Dobbins show let me quote one critic, which after seeing Dobbins perform live wrote: "It was star time at B.B. King's Nashville on this night because Clarence Dobbins is a ball of pure energy- an electrifying performer who can put on a sweaty Soul show the likes of an Al Green or Wilson Pickett. On this night he was an indomitable force. A full band with horns, an enthusiastic crowd, greasy pork sandwiches, a juke joint with the Blues..."

Dobbins is just as impressive in the studio, sparing no expense to create authentic Soul & Blues music played by real musicians. He released his first EP "Goes Something Like This" in 2001, which was expanded and re-cut as "Soul Of The Man" in 2005. The album featured a staggeringly strong set of Soul and Blues classics plus original songs, establishing himself as a writer/arranger (let alone producer). Despite releasing the disc on his own he's gone on to sell well over 5,000 copies, mostly following shows and on the Internet.

The word of mouth generated by the disc has lead to Dobbins inking a deal for a brand new CD called "The Uprising". The album will be released Oct. 21 2008 on CDS Records in 2008.


The great P-Vine Records label sets 9-19-08 for release date of "The Uprising" in JAPAN!


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