Artist of the day: Soul2Earth
(This week is the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock. To celebrate, WMNF-88.5 is throwing a tribute concert featuring Tampa Bay bands performing the music of artists who played at Woodstock. For the next week, we're taking a closer look at some of those local artists, as well as the legends whose music they plan to recreate. Today: Soul2Earth performing as Jimi Hendrix.)
It was Monday morning, Aug. 19, 1969, around 8 a.m. The Woodstock audience was splayed out in the post-rain mud, slowly emerging from sleeping bags.
Their reveille was the wail of Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster, sounding out The Star-Spangled Banner. Hendrix played it in straight single notes with shrieks that captured the cries of widows and bereaved mothers.
Hendrix’s anthem was the single most memorable music moment of Woodstock, and Winter Haven gospel funk band Soul2Earth will re-create it at Skipper’s Smokehouse Saturday night.
James Bouie, 53, founded Soul2Earth in the early ’90s. He was called to the ministry later that decade and reorganized his band to play gospel funk
A Hendrix fan since childhood grew up in a musical family and got his first guitar for Christmas when he was 7 years old and as he learned to play it he, like many other budding guitarists, was blown away by the mad genius.
Bouie admits he used to think Hendrix was a bit crazy, but now he sees how he went to “another place,” and he compares it to how he himself feels “the spirit” when he plays.
His band covers Hendrix tunes and they will re-create Hendrix’s renditions of Voodoo Child and Hey Joe at the Woodstock show.
Catch Soul2Earth at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at WMNF's Woodstock tribute concert, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $24 at the door.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*