Booker T. Jones
The Hammond B3 organ sound was a key ingredient in the combustible grooves concocted by Booker T. and the MGs, the house band at Memphis's Stax Records in its Soulsville U.S.A. heyday. They backed guys like Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, and sent "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight" scurrying up the charts. Jones's influence as a producer, session musician, and writer far outlasted Stax. He also periodically reunited with MGs Steve Cropper and the recently departed Donald "Duck" Dunn. Backed by the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young, Jones won a Grammy for 2009's Potato Hole, then followed up with another Grammy winner, the even stronger The Road From Memphis, backed by the Roots, with guest shots by Jim James, Sharon Jones, the National's Matt Berninger, and Lou Reed. Jones's autobiographical lyrics recount his musical journey, but the instrumentals tell his story even more vividly, weaving musical threads from Memphis, Motown, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. (Photo by Piper Ferguson)
Thu., June 21, 7 & 9 p.m., 2012
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