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Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers


Joe Bargar is a veteran of the New England music scene. Having grown up in Providence, RI, Joe had the opportunity to appear with such legendary acts as Roomful Of Blues, Scott Hamilton, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Living in New York City for most of the 70’s and 80’s, Joe played with performers such as Sly & The Family Stone, Robbie Robertson, blues greats Otis Rush, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son Seals, and John Lee Hooker; and soul masters Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, and Solomon Burke.

Joe can be heard on several recordings, including those by Diana Ross and “Late Show” bandleader Paul Shaeffer.

From the Patriot Ledger:

June 16, 2006

Anyone whoäó»s heard Quincy-based keyboardist and singer Joe Bargar sing with his Soul Providers band, or his larger Soul Kitchen group, knows that he is the closest thing vocally to Otis Redding weäó»re ever likely to hear in these parts. Save your Michael Boltons with their hysterical histrionics, because Bargar with his penultimate grit and authentic soul, not to mention his ineffable cool, trumps the ersatz over-actors every time. The biggest thing to happen to Bargar and his band took one of them away for a spell. New Orleans native Amadee Castenelläó»s saxophone sound is so unique, he was signed to play the Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint summer tour. By lucky coincidence, the Soul Providers play Harryäó»s Cajun Bar in Hyannis the same night the Costello tour swings through the Cape Cod Melody Tent. There will likely be some reunion time with Castenell at the tiny pub, and Bargar hopes the later set might include a jam session. The Soul Providersäó» debut CD “Two Sides” came out almost two years ago, with a tasty mix of rhythm and blues covers. Available at shows, or through, or, it has been a consistent seller and earned positive reviews. …Youäó»ll be wondering how Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett managed to be reincarnated into a Quincy piano player.