Posts Tagged ‘Father’s Children’

One Track Mind: Father’s Children, Love & Life Stories

Standout Track: No. 4, “Unspoken,” from Love & Life Stories, the first studio album from veteran soul group Father's Children since 2007. The ensemble’s two remaining original members, Brandywine, Md., resident Ted (also known as Hakeem) Carpenter and the Bowie-based Qaadir Sumler, penned the melancholy slow-burner, about a man’s longing for an old flame who [...]

Numero to Release the Lost Recordings of Robert Hosea Williams

Last summer, Chicago archival label Numero Group did God's work by shedding light on a forgotten D.C. soul outfit, Father's Children. The band recorded an album of cathartic, messianic soul music beginning in 1972 with the producer Robert Hosea Williams, who kept the tapes after the band's management failed to pay the bill. The sessions [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Artisphere, Tom Carson, Father’s Children

Alex Baca leads this week's arts section with a look into where Artisphere—the new Rosslyn arts center that is now re-evaluating its business plan after falling short of revenue and attendance expectations—went wrong. Mark Athitakas reviews—and provides a reading guide to!—Tom Carson's messy and madcap new novel Daisy Buchanan's Daughter. I review a once-lost album [...]

What Are Numero’s Plans for D.C. Soul?

You've heard a lot this week about Father's Children, a sort of obscure '70s D.C. soul band whose very obscure, unreleased record Whose Gonna Save the World gathered dust in producer Robert Hosea Williams' garage for decades. This week, the Chicago archival label Numero Group released the album, along with extensive liner notes that tell [...]

Tonight: Meet Lost D.C. Soul Ensemble Father’s Children

In the early '70s, Father's Children were caught in a weird moment: between damaged soul and spaced out funk, between '60s turmoil and '70s New Age idealism, between salvation and doom. The group might be remembered for commercial-sounding music it made Mercury Records later in the decade, but some of the recordings it made in [...]

Start Your Apocalyptic Weekend With a Father’s Children Jam

In July, Numero Group is releasing Who's Gonna Save the World, a once-lost 1973 album by the D.C. soul group Father's Children. Today,  it released a song from it. "Everybody's Got a Problem" is broad-brushed yet tense—with a slightly looser groove, it could've come from Sly and the Family Stone's early-'70s damaged era. Like the album's [...]

Numero Discovers Rare Tapes from Lost D.C. Soul Band Father’s Children

Bless those Numero Group people. The Chicago label has rescued heaps of regional scenes from the dustbins of history with its handsome reissues, and now it's turning its sights to an obscure D.C. soul outfit, Father's Children.
Actually, until now, Father's Children was mostly remembered as an obscure L.A. band. Its only record that made it [...]