Tomorrow the Shinyribs band is going into the studio to record a song for an upcoming Ted Hawkins tribute record. If you don’t know Ted Hawkins he is an absolutely amazing soul singer. His first album, Watch Your Step, is especially breathtaking. He had it all: He had an incredible singing voice that was like Sam Cooke with more grit, he wrote uniquely interesting and personal songs, and he wrote beautiful uplifting melodies. He could convey complex intense emotions, often with nothing more than his voice and guitar. I’ve never seen anyone that has heard his records not like them. He is one of the great largely unknown artists of this country. Above is one of my favorite songs by him.