The name Stax Records is synonymous with soul music. But did you know that the legendary label of black artists like Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Wilson Pickett, and Isaac Hayes was co-founded by a white woman who began her career as a school teacher? In the late 1950s, Estelle Axton began investing in Satellite Records, a small label started by her brother Jim Stewart, a former bank clerk. The early studio, originating in Stewart's Memphis garage, primarily catered to country and…Continue
Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments
“Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe.” That’s a wonderful line from The Commitments, a sweet little film about a ragtag assortment of Dubliners who form a soul band. Just think about it: like African Americans, the Irish have lived The Blues for centuries. And it…Continue
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments
The popular music of North America is seasoned with the blood and sweat of every race and nationality: Anglos, Africans, Hispanics, Jews…rockers of all ethnic mixes. But what about the native peoples of North America? Many rock fans know that Cher, Rita Coolidge, and Robbie Robertson have native roots. But when was the last time you heard anything about a rock band comprised predominantly of indigenous peoples from the U.S. or Canada?
Well, they're out there! Some…Continue
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments
Thirty-seven years ago today, Dylan's "Desire" was the #1 album in the country. Here's to a great LP, and the woman who gave it that special sound.
Man, I can't tell you how many times my shrink has had to listen to me recount this dream: I'm strutting down the street decked out like Joan Jett on 'roids, minding my own business, as Bugs Bunny would say - carrying a…Continue
Posted on February 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments