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More on Stax from William Bell (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Songwriting And with music, but I found out early on, when you write honestly and you write about life itself, the generations change and the times […]

More on Stax from William Bell (Part 1 of 2)

My feature on Written in Their Soul also drew from a conversation with William Bell. But because of space considerations, precious little of our chart found its way into the […]

More on Stax Records from Deanie Parker (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Isaac Hayes: I remember when he first came to Stax. I remember when he had hair. I remember when he didn’t have but two shirts. He […]

More on Stax Records from Deanie Parker (Part 1 of 2)

Deanie Parker has an insider’s perspective on legendary Stax Records. As a staffer, recording artist and songwriter, she experienced the label to a degree that few others could even conceive. […]

Stax Records: Written in Their Soul (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Some of the demos on the new set feature vocal and simple accompaniment; others are more fully arranged, often including an entire band. The demos in […]

Stax Records: Written in Their Soul (Part 1 of 2)

Most listeners never get to hear demo recordings. Created by songwriters as a guide for recording artists, those demos aren’t meant to be shared with the public. But they’re an […]

30 Days Out, September 2023 #2: Damien Jurado, Durand Jones, Henry Rollins, Margaret Glaspy

Asheville has a stellar array of musical artists based here. And I would encourage you to support them as enthusiastically and often as possible; they’re worth it, and their music […]

Album Review: Graham Parker and the Goldtops — Last Chance to Learn the Twist

Across his nearly 50 years as a recording history, Graham Parker has had it both ways: he’s made fiery, passionate, rocking music, and he’s delivered subtle, stripped-down solo/acoustic work. But […]

Album Review: Flóki Sessions – Boots in Place

Here’s a quick dispatch. You may be familiar with Color Red, the label headed by Eddie Robers, guitarist in the New Mastersounds. If you know about him and/or his group, […]

Album Review: Various Artists – Detroit Harmonisers

Music licensing requirements in the UK and Europe are less stringent than they are here in the U.S.; what that means for listeners interested in compilations exploring music made in […]