Cody ChesnuTT (Atlanta)
Cody ChesnuTT first came to the public’s attention when The Roots remade his song “The Seed” in 2002 and asked him to play guitar and sing vocals on it. The hooky, soul-drenched track was a hit and drove people to his eccentric, crazily diverse double album, The Headphones Masterpiece, which he recorded in his bedroom and (initially) released himself in 2002. The 36-track effort, a fascinating, experimental pastiche of Soul, Rock, Gospel and lo-fi Indie music, took a decade to follow up, but ChesnuTT finally returned in 2012 with Landing on a Hundred. In contrast to his debut, ChesnuTT’s sophomore album (released through Vibration Vineyard/One Little Indian) is tight and focused, a pitch-perfect tribute to vintage Soul that’s loaded with funkiness, string sections, horns, compelling and poetic lyricism, sharp hooks and, of course, loads and loads of soul.
YDIIYD: Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Wattstax. (MB)