Photo by Gary Copeland
Booker T. Jones’ historic life in music has brought him international fame, awards (he’s a three-time Grammy winner and Rock Roll Hall of Famer), and iconic status as one of the architects of American soul music. With his new album ‘The Road From Memphis,’ due May 10 on Anti- Records, Jones traces his journey from his hometown of Memphis, TN to the world stage. The album follows Jones’ 2009 Anti- release ‘Potato Hole’ which won the Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album.”
Produced by Jones with The Roots’ ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith), ‘Memphis’ was recorded by Daptone Records mastermind Gabriel Roth with backing by The Roots. ‘The Road from Memphis’ refers not only to Booker T’s journey but to the evolution of the soul music he helped invent as it traveled from Memphis to Detroit, Philadelphia and beyond. The music’s many iterations are represented here with a broad range of guest vocalists including Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones on “Representing Memphis,” Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket on “Progress” and Lou Reed on “The Bronx.” The album also features a rare vocal from Jones himself offering a first-hand look at his hometown on “Down in Memphis.” Legendary motor-city guitarist Dennis Coffey contributes to the album as well.
Full track listing for ‘The Road from Memphis:’
Progress (feat. Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket)
Down In Memphis
Everything Is Everything
Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger of The National and Sharon Jones)
The Bronx (feat. Lou Reed)
U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.