For the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B invites you to indulge in three of the essential pleasures of life…food, drink and incredible music. Specifically, food as depicted by the ubiquitous Food Network, drink as in the Water Of Life or Whisk(e)y and music in the form of a rare Northern Soul track.
Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network, promises to reveal the behind-the-scenes history and dish the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. You’ll hear the juicy stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen.
Whisk(e)y is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Whisk(e)y expert Heather Greene, author of Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life will explain to Norman B, (who admits to being a novice,) the mysteries of Whisk(e)y, the crucial importance of “nosing” Whisk(e)y and the spelling.
This week’s Hit That Never Was features a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Deep Shadows by Little Ann is from 1969, but was never heard at the time it was recorded. For over 30 years it was stored in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album”, was discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Little Ann sadly passed away in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts gain some fame via the intrepid British Northern Soul scene. Set your alarm, you won’t want to miss the next Life Elsewhere, with food, gossip, Whisk(e)y and a brilliant soul gem, that almost didn’t get released.