If ever you needed proof of the joy of music and its power to cross cultures, generations, backgrounds, it’s this video from the documentary Take Me To The River (to be released on DVD on February 5). Otis Clay, reprising his 1972 hit “Trying to Live My Life Without You” with the help of child hip-hop prodigy Li’l P-Nut.
Clay (February 11, 1942-January 8, 2016) was born in Mississippi, but began his singing career after moving to Chicago. He started as a gospel singer, but switched to R&B, soul and blues (although he would record a gospel album again later in life).
Clay was a Grammy nominee for Best Traditional R&B Performance and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.