New Orleans' hardest-working record spinner DJ Soul Sister makes her national television debut tomorrow night on one of the cooler shows to come out of the cable-TV stew of reality dance contests, reality weight-loss shows, reality parenting and reality rehab. Nelson George's miniseries Soul Cities, which debuted in early November on the Vh1 Soul channel and will run six episodes on its current schedule, keeps it real - but in the good way. A combination travel, food and music program, Soul Cities spotlights a different city every episode, touring musical and community landmarks, checking out restaurants and interviewing the players in each city's musical heritage.
Each city, of course, is chosen for its soul pedigree; the premier episode visited Philadelphia (home of Soul Train) and checked in with hitmakers Gamble & Huff. Other cities on the list include Memphis, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles (we hope they renew his contract so he can hit Detroit.) Tomorrow, George visits New Orleans to spend time with Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, Terence Blanchard and Soul Sister. Check the preview here on the Soul Cities blog, and stream their playlist of New Orleans artists to get you in the mood.
The show airs on VH1 Soul (Cox channel 362) at 8pm Central Tuesday, December 2.