Latimore Returns with Steamy Soul Show August 8, 2014
last show in Clarksdale produced a
near-hysteria response from the audience.
Photo by Panny Flautt Mayfield
A one-name wonder (with recognition ranked alongside Cher,
Madonna, Prince, Beyoncé, and Bono) will be bringing his steamy
soul show to Clarksdale August 8th for the Sunflower River Blues
Latimore – The Man – is returning for the third time on John
Lee Hooker Lane where he last packed 9,000 frenzied fans screaming
for encores of “Let’s Straighten it Out.”
Asked if he ever
got tired of his signature number one hit and what others is
he planning for this summer, the articulate showman replied,
“I’m going to feel it out as it goes; whatever the spirit moves.”
Speaking from his home near Tampa, Latimore talked about his
latest recording, a compilation of his work, “Best of Latimore,”
and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show in May.
at NBC was great; I sat in with the band too,” said the entertainer,
an accomplished pianist who pairs keyboard artistry with vocals
for a high-energy performance.
He says one of his early songs, “Move and Grow Together,” was
background theme music in the Netflix movie series: “Orange
is the new Black.”
shows are intense, he keeps a low-key lifestyle off-stage.
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get up early; it’s nice and quiet – a time to reflect, while
most musicians get up at the crack of noon,” he quipped.
ago he played tennis regularly with a group completely unaware
of his profession.
When they accidentally discovered his career,
he explained, “I wanted to relate to the group as a tennis player
and only incidentally in show business.”
“I’m not ashamed of what I do, but off-stage show business
is not all, but only part of me,” he continued. Latimore says
he likes being “well-rounded” – a multi-faceted person rather
than one locked into one tract.”
“Life is meant to be bigger than that if you allow yourself,
and enjoy the trip,” he said.
Asked how he stays in top physical
shape, he says he maintains a “degree of restraint,” but admits
he’s been “lifting a lot of silverware” because his wife is
a good cook.
Although not a vegetarian, he loves vegetables,
salads, chicken, turkey, and limited meat but almost swoons
at the description of Rest Haven’s chocolate pie, and the Sunflower
is promising him.
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In the Sunflower Festival Friday night lineup, Latimore is
the headliner scheduled to close the Melville C. Tillis Delta
Blues Stage from 10:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. following the performance
of another award-winning soul musician, Johnny Rawls.
The Sunflower is free and open to the public thanks to
financial support from the Mississippi Arts Commission, corporate
and individual donations.
The association is a non-profit 501 c 3 organizations, and
donations are tax deductible. For information about the weekend
lineup and additional information, visit www.sunflowerfest.org.