About the Carolina Soul website

The Carolina Soul website serves as a living encyclopedia of soul music made in North and South Carolina. We strive to share Carolinian songs and stories of the last half century, and we invite the input of musicians and fans. We hope you will contact us if you have information on bands or recordings from the region.

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About the Carolina Soul blog
We use the Carolina Soul blog to share news, events, and research discoveries related to North and South Carolina soul music. Feel free to contact us by clicking .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to share information for a blog post.

Disclaimer: the songs on our blog are unavailable for download. The vast majority of them are out-of-print and exist here only for research purposes. If you are the author or license holder of any of these tracks and would like them removed, please contact us by clicking .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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About the Discography
The discography strives to be a comprehensive index of soul recordings made in North and South Carolina in the 1960s through 1980s. We are constantly making additions as obscure records come to light. If you have information regarding any Carolinian recordings featured here or otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact us. Although this section is dedicated primarily to 45-rpm records, information pertaining to LPs, 12-inch singles, acetates, demos, and unreleased recordings in any other formats is extremely helpful.

We would like to acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions to the discography and/or to our overall knowledge of the region’s soul scene: Franz Kunst, Dante Carfagna, Peter Wermelinger, Jeff Beckman, Kent Vesser, Angelo Angione, Matt Stachowicz, Greg Tormo, Takeo Tamaki, Brian Poust, Mark Weddington, Alex Vaughn, Martin Goggin, Matthew Starr, Trevor Hare, Daijiro Kuzuhara, John Glassburner, Hitoshi Takasawa, John Ridley, Bob Laughton, and many more.

About Carolina Soul founder, researcher, and discographer Jason Perlmutter
Jason Perlmutter founded the Carolina Soul website in 2005. He began collecting local soul recordings from North and South Carolina in 2002, while a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as a disc jockey and station manager at WXYC-FM, the campus’s student-run radio station. Since graduating in 2003, Perlmutter has continued to collect local music. He researched and compiled the 2007/2008 Jazzman/Now-Again Carolina Funk release and co-founded the Paradise of Bachelors record label in 2010.

About Carolina Soul blog chief contributor Jon Kirby
Jon Kirby is a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native who signed on to Carolina Soul in 2010. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he returned to the Piedmont Triad where he wrote a nightlife column for the enduring weekly, Go Triad. In 2007, he moved to New York City, gaining employment as Associate Editor of Wax Poetics Magazine, a respected music journal, currently celebrating its ninth year of publication. In the summer of 2010, he returned to North Carolina to pursue the past and present musics of the Carolinas full-time.

About Carolina Soul blog contributor Joshua Clark Davis
Joshua Clark Davis is the newest contributor to Carolina Soul. He has researched, spoken and written extensively on the history of the soul-music business. In 2012, he co-curated the exhibit “Soul Souvenirs: Durham’s Musical Memories from the 1960s and 1970s.” His article “For the Records: How African American Consumers and Music Retailers Created Commercial Public Space in the 1960s and 1970s South” (which we profiled here) examines record stores like Snoopy’s in Durham and appeared in the journal Southern Cultures in winter 2011.