Bobby Womack

The Unbearable Finite Genius

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2023

you have no idea what happens next but you know it won’t be pleasant.

Music Deaths Of 2014 Alphabetized And Graded

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2020

because he is Bobby Womack…

Van Morrison And Bobby Womack’s “Peace Of Mind” Reviewed (Listen Here)

By Iman Lababedi | March 7, 2015

the Van-Womack duet is here now and it is wonderful, everything the terrible Michael Buble couldn’t begin to bring to “Real Real Gone”, Womack brings to “Peace Of Mind” -a punchy, upbeat r&b workout with Van and Bobby trading off on lines before bringing it home together.

The A+ List: 12-24-14

By Iman Lababedi | December 24, 2014

The thing is, Womack uses the background singers as though they re an instrumental and he is singing over them, around them, in the holes they leave: instead of singing directly to the beat (rap was still in its nascent state), he is singing on the room left by back up singers.

The Soul of '73

By Steve Crawford | October 11, 2014

“Across 100th Street” was the title track for a soundtrack to a 1972 blaxploitation film about solving murder crimes in Harlem. While there is no subtlety in the high schlock arrangement, Womack’s gritty, been there, done that voice gives the lyrics about dope, pimps, and street prostitutes a sense of tragic urban reality.

1981 – A+ List

By Steve Crawford | July 25, 2014

At the # 1 spot, American artist: “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” Willie Nelson. One of Willie’s best – a beautiful lyric of self-less love matched with equally inspiring guitar work. A #1 country hit.

10 Songs: Monday, July 7th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | July 7, 2014

No One To Run With – The Allman Brothers – Dicky Betts takes the rhythmic lick from a Stephen Stills and places it on top of a choo choo train, than rolls over country and rock on the way to pop – A

Bobby Womack: He Lived Life His Way

By Ed Bumgardner | June 30, 2014

He married Sam Cooke’s widow, who was 8 years his senior, just three months after Cooke was killed; the marriage broke up after Womack’s wife shot him after finding him in bed with her daughter. She winged him; the marriage was DOA. So Womack seemed indestructible. He was too tough, too talented, too damn crazy to do something as mundane as expire. But die he did.

10 Songs: Sunday, June 29th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2014

Mathematics – Mos Def – “You want to know how to rhyme you better learn how to add” Mos Def advises and he makes his point on this classic whose rhythmic hook has showed has shown up ever since, on the flip side of his biggest song – A

In Memory Of Bobby Womack

By Iman Lababedi | June 28, 2014

I was talking to Tomas Doncker yesterday and telling him how healthy Womack looked last December at City Winery. Then I reread my review of the best show of 2013 and realized he looked like hell. All I remembered was the good stuff and with Womack there was plenty. Here is my review

rock nyc's Naughty And Nice List

By Iman Lababedi | December 25, 2013

Santa is looking over my shoulder and tutting or nodding his head in appreciation because, just before he flys off to give all the good girls and boys gifts, he is picking up our list to help with some of the more famous among us and rock nyc is here to help…

Winner And Loser Week Of December 16th, 2013: Bobby Womack And UK Christmas Single

By Iman Lababedi | December 24, 2013

You hear about these kinda things but until you actually see it,a man shed 20 years just by getting onstage, it is hard to believe it actually happens and yet there it is! The great, one of the greatest, soul man, found the fountain of youth just by performing his songs to an audience at City Winery and perform them he did, in 90 minutes of take no prisoners soul he smashed through every barrier and came out triumphant. It’s a Christmas miracle.

That Was The Week Of 12-16-13 That Was

By Iman Lababedi | December 23, 2013

After a disappointing couple of weeks for concerts, Bobby Womack brought his eleven piece soul band to City Winery for the old time soul concert of the year and turned December around! Looking his age but acting timeless, Womack sang some of the great soul songs and most of which he himself wrote.

Hear Ye: What rock nyc Is Listening To 12-23-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 23, 2013

Love Is Gonna Come At Last – Bobby Womack And Patti Labelle – Womack is on the record as hating rap but the way he uses the chorus like a hook on this song, opening and closing the track with it, is an ancestor of rap for sure – A

Hear Ye: What rock nyc Is Listening To 12-22-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 22, 2013

You Send Me – Sam Cooke – The smoothest of all soul singer seduced a white audience with this grown up puppy love masterpiece of 50s; pure and innocent but with the suggestion of sex – A+

Bobby Womack At City Winery, Friday, December 20th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | December 21, 2013

The amazing thing here is how involved the big man is in the music, how alive Womack is to the sounds, how at 69 years old he might still be l a badass but he is a joyful, surviving badass; it’s like the world has grown only as big as the stage he controls and this world is timeless soul greatness.

Active Viewin' Concert Picks w-0 12-16-13

By Iman Lababedi | December 15, 2013

Bobby Womack is one of the great soul men of the 20th century and after his cancer scare last year we are lucky he is still with us.In January of this year he announced he as Alzheimers disease so we are very very lucky that he will be playing three nights at City Winery and I am making my way down there on Friday

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-14-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 14, 2013

Nobody Wants You When You’re Down And on – Bobby Womack – aaaah, yeah, Bobby really nails it on this one. They don’t make soul like this any more though Womack is at City Winery in December so he should be playing it like this – A

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-6-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 6, 2013

Song Beneath The Song – Maria Taylor – The Saddle Creek stalwart has her best album to date coming out soon, till then here is an early solo song that will keep you going; that’s Conor singing back up – A