BOOKER T. JONES THE ROAD FROM MEMPHIS
"Mr. Jones, Booker T" remains the undisputed master of the Hammond B3 organ, and I suspect, a secret favorite of Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy (where else could the “T” have come from?) who has professed a passionate love affair with said instrument.
The Road From Memphis is Booker’s second album (following Grammy winning Potato Hole) since the M.G.s went on hiatus in 1994.
The Road from Memphis sees Booker T, this time backed by The Roots, roaring through a set of both timeless and contemporary originals and propulsive covers. Along for the ride are vocalists Matt Berninger (The National), Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket), Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, and even Booker himself.
The Road from Memphis is classic Memphis soul, and classic Booker in the tradition of "Green Onions."
The disc is a tribute to Memphis and a document of Booker T's musical journey. The sound harkens back to his late sixties/early seventies heyday, with the soul and funk nuances that have become his trademark. The music is lively and rootsy, and fans of his prior work should not be disappointed.
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