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SOUL CITY | EPISODE ONE: CHICAGO

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In the pilot episode of our new music/travel series, “Soul City,” host (and Wax Poetics writer) Ronnie Reese explores his home town of South Side, Chicago, first visiting with Todd Mayfield, son of soul icon Curtis Mayfield and writer of the new biography “Traveling Soul” (which was co-authored by Wax Poetics writer Travis Atria). They talk about Curtis’s desire to own his own work, which led to starting the record label Curtom. In the second segment, Reese meets with Chicago house icon Ron Trent, where they talk about his rise through the local and international scene, which culminated in cofounding his own label, Prescription Records. In the epilogue, we pop into the (Discogs) Crate Diggers record fair and speak to cofounder Zernell Gillie, as well as chat with Ron Trent again about the joys of record digging.

Starring:
Ronnie Reese
Todd Mayfield
Ron Trent

Directed and Edited by:
Mike Handler

Written and Produced by:
Brian DiGenti

Executive Produced by:
Dennis Coxen

Additional Writing by:
Ronnie Reese

Camera Operators:
Mark Pallman
Nathan Salter
Jeremy Stark

Sound Engineer:
Pat Tillman

Motion Graphics by:
Mitchell Peterson

Music:

“Voodo Love Dance” by Melvyn Price
(Courtesy of Wax Poetics Records)

“Behind Kungstradgarden” by Melvyn Price
(Courtesy of Wax Poetics Records)

“Five O’Clock Traffic” by Melvyn Price
(Courtesy of Wax Poetics Records)

“Last Train” Melvyn Price
(Courtesy of Wax Poetics Records)

“I Feel the Rhythm” by Ron Trent
(Courtesy of Prescription Records)

“Altered States” by Ron Trent
(Courtesy of Prescription Records)

“Prescription” by Ron Trent
(Courtesy of Prescription Records)

“Concrete Waves (DJ Premier 320 Remix Instrumental)” by DJ Premier (original track by Kendra Morris)
(Courtesy of Wax Poetics Records)

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