Trevor Nelson's Country Soul

Thursday 9 March

11.00pm-12.00am

BBC RADIO 2

BBC Radio 2's King of Soul, Trevor Nelson explores the country-soul crossover, playing soul versions of country classics by the likes of Al Green, Esther Philips, Percy Sledge, The Supremes, and Candi Staton, to name just a few.

Country has a closer relationship with soul, R'n'B and even reggae than many people realise. Over the years, it has shared many of the same songwriters, studios and musicians, as well as the universal stories of love, work, struggle and relationships gone bad.

Trevor will take a look at some unlikely country albums recorded by some of the all-time soul greats including Bobby Womack and Ray Charles, whose pioneering album - Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music - blurred the lines between country and soul forever.

Country music has always been huge in Jamaica as well, with countless reggae covers of big country hits; even original tracks from artists as unlikely as Jim Reeves and Shania Twain are regularly played in the heaviest Jamaican reggae venues. Add in Willie Nelson's perhaps ill-advised attempt at a reggae album, and it's a fascinating alternative take on a little discussed side of the music.

This show is being broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Country – a special four day celebration of country music that will feature a whole host of programmes and special broadcasts, including live shows from C2C: Country To Country Festival in London. Full details of the schedule can be found at bbc.co.uk/radio2

This programme is repeated on Radio 2 Country on Sunday at 1pm

  • Presenter: Trevor Nelson
  • Producer: Ian Parkinson & Matt Healy for Folded wing

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