Sam’s Jams: Little Beaver – Concrete Jungle

From the 1976 album, When Was The Last Time

Willie Hale (AKA Little Beaver) is a funk and soul guitarist from Arkansas. He got his start as a session musician for TK Records, playing on songs like Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman.” He went on to have his own success with hits like “Party Down” in 1974. Today, he has been sampled many times by hip-hop producers. Jay-Z and many others feature his music on tracks.


Meta Stange/WDET
Meta Stange/WDET

CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WDET 101.9FM.

Sam’s Jams is the weekly song selection of WDET’s creative producer Sam Beaubien, a longtime Detroit musician who also helms the soul-funk band Will Sessions.

From 70 years ago to contemporary releases today, Sam’s Jams is the musical equivalent of digging for hours in dusty record store bins to find forgotten-but-should-be-remembered deep cuts pulled from the genres of funk, jazz and soul genres.

The Sam’s Jams Spotify playlist will update with a new song on Mondays after airing on CultureShift, so bookmark this page to find your new favorite song each week.


  • Sam Beaubien
    Sam Beaubien is a musician, composer, producer, and educator in Detroit. He is also the founder and leader of the acclaimed ensemble, Will Sessions.