Booker T. Jones The Road From Memphis LP & CD
2012 Grammy Winner:
• Best Pop Instrumental Album
Classic soul-funk with the Legendary Booker T. Jones joined by members of The Roots & guest vocalists Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, The National's Matt Berninger & Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket!
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 a rare vocal from 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.
• Vinyl LP
Booker T. Jones
1. Walking Papers
3. Progress (feat. Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket)
4. The Hive
5. Down In Memphis (feat. Booker T. on vocals)
6. Everything Is Everything
7. Rent Party
8. Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones)
9. The Vamp
10. Harlem House
11. The Bronx (feat. Lou Reed)