Soul of Meshell Ndegeocello

by Dan Bloom, producer Meshell at The Birchmere, VA. Photo: Josh Sisk

Fans don’t like Meshell Ndegeocello for her catchy lyrics, rather, they love her for her honest soul. Longtime devotees have enjoyed a window into this artist’s life for going on two decades, following the Washington DC native’s growth through nine albums.

The latest, ‘Weather’ feels stripped down, elemental and fulfilling. Sparse guitar, piano and drum-accompanied ballads slip into funky and foreboding bass-driven jams. The album has a ‘sneaky good’ quality, improving with repeated listening and highly contagious.

The promo video for ‘Dirty World’ is only a minute long and fits snugly into one’s mental shuffle.

Authenticity is rare in the music business, and the two are often at cross purposes. You’re unlikely to hear Meshell Ndegeocello on top 40 radio, but no one on the dial short of Adele or Lady Gaga are as emotionally compelling.

Meshell joined Bob for an interview and performance along with bandmates Chris Bruce and Jebin Bruni.

Click here to see their upcoming tour dates.