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Adam Kukic commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"This was such a great post, Dana. I still chuckle about my fictitious belief behind the label's name. Thanks for educating me :)"
Mar 31
Rudyjeep commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Very nice Dana.  I didn't know about Estelle Axton -thanks for this. "
Mar 4
Kelly Mowrer commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"this is a great read, thank you for posting!"
Feb 28
Jim Hunter commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Nice post Dana...love hearing about the history of operations like this...a loving tribute to Lady A and the Stax family...great music..."
Feb 28
Nelson Lepine commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Enjoyed the read and your blog!  Quick, informative style!"
Feb 28
therewolff commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton'
"Great article. Thanks for posting this.  Found the "The Story of Stax Records" to be very informative and  entertaining.  The label's devolution of the later years is really sad. I grew up hearing a lot of this music…"
Feb 27
Dana Spiardi commented on Mike Seely's blog post 'It's Time to Take It Easy on the Eagles'
"I knew little about their personalities or the clashes within the band. They were just a little too mainstream and polished for me. I prefer more authentic, soulful, organic Americana. Gram spoiled me, I guess. Nothing the Eagles recorded ever spoke…"
Feb 26
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The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton

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 rockabilly…See More
Feb 26
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The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton

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 rockabilly…See More
Feb 24
Dana Spiardi commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"'
"Thanks for catching that error, Kahlil. As a Stones fan I should have realized that timing was wrong!  We're all fortunate that guys like Rory had access to American blues and R&B, no matter how and where they managed to find it. He…"
Jul 8, 2013
Kahlil Black commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"'
"Rory was pure class. Just a couple of small points that I think may be incorrect. The Stones were looking to replace Mick Taylor, not Brian Jones, at the time they asked Rory to fill in. Taylor had quit hours before a Stones tour was to begin. Also,…"
Jul 8, 2013
Daniel R. Drown commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Happy Birthday, Bobbie Gentry: A Talented Lady Who Crossed a Big Bridge'
"Great article. Bobbie debut actually had ten grammy nominations counting engineering, arrangment ect. Bobbie's album of Ode to Billie Joe placed fourth on the year end charts sandwiched in between two albums each by The Beatles and The…"
Jun 21, 2013
Derek commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Of Tribes and Telecasters: Indigenous Peoples Rock!'
"I've liked Testament's metal power ballad  "Trail of Tears" for some time.  Lead me to study the history of the event when I was in high school. Thanks for the post, it reminded me of the tune.  "
Jun 21, 2013
Rick Siegfried commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"'
"I got the chance to see Rory open for Rod Stewart & The Faces. I actually went to see Rory. The Faces weren't too bad, either, but nothing like Rory. Would have loved to have another chance (or twelve) to see him again, and have other…"
Jun 19, 2013
Steve Pellettiere commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"'
"Love Rory and it's kind of sad to me that a player of his stature isn't more well known, but considering his understated persona, perhaps that's only fitting.  Thanks for remembering, Dana."
Jun 18, 2013
william houck commented on Dana Spiardi's blog post 'Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"'
"I had the rare privilege to see RG live (in a suburban Chicago high school),probably in '73.Honestly,it still stands out as one of the best performances I ever witnessed.He was one of the of the really great guitarists.Even though I don't…"
Jun 18, 2013

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The First Lady of Stax: Estelle Axton

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…

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

Remembering Rory Gallagher: "The People's Guitarist"

“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…

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

Of Tribes and Telecasters: Indigenous Peoples Rock!

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…

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

How Bob Dylan Discovered Scarlet Rivera's Strings

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…

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Posted on February 10, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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At 11:46am on August 9, 2013, Tim M. Otto said…

Dana, Guess what I finally saw after 30+ years or so?..."Ode To Billy Joe" on DVD. Our library just got it. It was really innocent and great too. I only remembered about half of it.

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know as you are the expert on Bobbie Gentry.

See Yuh,

Tim M. Otto

At 3:01am on August 13, 2012, Gary Baker said…

Hi Dana, Great piece on Buck Owens. What a rebel! A friend told me about the Carnegie Hall album several years ago. I couldn't find it at the time and it eventually faded from memory. After reading your article I found it online. I can't wait to hear it. Thanks!

At 12:40pm on July 28, 2012, Tim M. Otto said…

Dana, Loved your story on Bobbie Gentry. I remember the movie well. Did Bobbie do some work with Glen Campbell? I know she put out some duo albums with someone back in the day? It brought back some memories hearing that song again and reading your story. Thanks to you & Bobbie Gentry.

At 6:50pm on January 17, 2012, NoDepression said…

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At 1:36pm on January 17, 2012, Will James said…

Dana, great to see you here! Welcome to ND (you'll get an official welcome from them).

 
 
 

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