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TSoul has the goods: rich tones and poignant writing, with a sense of melody that allows his music to linger on long after the song’s over. My first time hearing Terry “TSoul” Pinkard was in Washington DC, at Wednesday Verses night in the capitol’s legendary jazz club, Bohemian Caverns. The Virginia-born wonder was performing a song right before my own set; I wondered why they even needed a headliner when this big-voiced, piano-playing twentysomething had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
Often, new voices are compared (often unnecessarily) to some already established singer to provide context. TSoul’s melodic approaches are reminiscent of Bill Withers. The quiet strength of his powerful vocals bring Solomon Burke to mind (sans the screaming). His lyricism recalls Stevie Wonder or Leon Ware. But in this situation, “good music” alone is the only really necessary context. Yes, there’s an old soul pushing his music along, but his vibe feels modern and now.
Simply put: TSoul has the goods. — Tai Allen
Tai Allen is the creative director of the arts & design collective, vicelounge. Check out their latest designs, poetry and music at vicelounge.com, and follow vicelounge on Twitter @vicelounge.