The Road From Memphis

The Road From Memphis

by Booker T. Jones


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The Road From Memphis

The Road from Memphis starts with a young Booker T. Jones hauling his stack of newspapers to Phineas Newborn’s front yard where, while folding them for his after-school delivery route, he could listen to the jazz great practice piano. It ends with Booker and The Roots roaring through a set of both timeless and contemporary originals (and propulsive covers of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and Lauren Hill’s “Everything Is Everything”).

Along for the ride are vocalists Matt Berninger of the National, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, and Booker himself, telling the story of how the funk/soul sound that Booker helped invent spiraled out from Memphis, touching The Root’s hometown of Philadelphia, New York (where engineer Gabe Roth has been recreating classic soul sonics for everyone from Sharon Jones to Amy Winehouse), and Detroit.

Detroit as in Dennis Coffey, legendary Motown session guitarist who introduced driving rock-funk rhythm to hits like “Cloud Nine” and “Ball of Confusion” by the Temptations, and brings his Detroit grit to these tracks.

The Road from Memphis is classic Memphis soul, and classic Booker in the tradition of “Green Onions,” but beyond that it is the story of a sound, and how Booker, working with the inheritors of his sound, is keeping a tradition alive. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778710126
catalogNumber: 87101
Rank: 119238

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Booker T. Jones   Primary Artist,Piano,Chimes,Vocals,Hammond B3
Lou Reed   Vocals
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Rob Schnapf   Guitar,Hand Clapping
Sharon Jones   Vocals
Jim James   Vocals
Matthew Berninger   Vocals
Kirk Douglas   Guitar
Stewart Killen   Percussion
Owen Biddle   Bass
Ahmir Thompson   Drums

Technical Credits

Booker T. Jones   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Andy Kaulkin   Executive Producer
Gian Piero Reverberi   Composer
Rob Schnapf   Producer
Lauryn Hill   Composer
Robert Gordon   Liner Notes
Jim James   Composer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer
Thomas Callaway   Composer
Kirk Douglas   Composer
Brian Burton   Composer
Gian Franco Reverberi   Composer
Ahmir Thompson   Producer
Liv Jones   Composer

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