Short Stax Digital EPs each featuring two best-known tracks and one lost gem by classic Stax artists ...Also, five digital only full album reissues slated. All due May 22

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Stax Records, the classic soul label that has been reactivated this year by Concord Music Group on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, has announced plans to offer gems from its catalog for digital download exclusively through iTunes in North America for 90 days. The music will be offered on other dig

LOS ANGELES, Calif. The only songwriter whose songs were covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley was Arthur Alexander. One of the greatest soul singers of all time, if not the best known, he penned "Anna," "Sally Sue Brown" and "You Better Move On" among many others. The Beatles modeled their early sound after him. Yet by 1980 a young man, just 40 Alexander had left the music industry and was driving a bus and working at a center for disadvantaged kids in Clevelan
LOS ANGELES "Ask me about my religion," writes Michelle Shocked in her "womanifesto" for her forthcoming album. "Of course, no one ever does." But it’s all part of her long musical journey: "I was moved by the power of rock ‘n’ roll. And if you follow the trail from rock ‘n’ roll, it always leads you back to the blues, sweet soul music and finally to the churches and gospel music." In Shocked’s case, it led to the West Angeles COGIC mass choir in the heart of South Central Los Angeles, where she
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Over his four-decade career, David Olney has built a reputation not as a kind-hearted troubadour but rather as a performing songwriter possessed of a sharp literary mind that cuts to the bone of the human condition. Whether the subject matter is heartbreak or armed robbery, Olney’s cinematic style and fearless approach to lyric writing have won him renown as kind of a musical outlaw. Listening to his latest CD, One Tough Town, due out on June 5 on Red Parlor, is like watching
Set to Rock are Roky Erickson, Dan Penn, Dave Bartholomew, Little Jimmy Scott, Dale Hawkins, Barbara Lynn, Bobby Rush, Roy Head, Augie Meyers, Wardell Quezergue, Lazy Lester, Willie Tee and Henry Gray

NEW ORLEANS, La. Ponderosa Stomp, the renowned New Orleans roots festival has announced its artist schedule (see below.) The sixth annual Stomp is set to roll on Wednesday, May 2, at New Orleans’ House of Blues, encompassing three separate stages with non-stop music from 5:30 p.m. til 2 a.m. Tic

Queen of Memphis Soul looked to soul stylings of Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia on this 1969 album, which is reissued with four previously unreleased tracks

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Carla Thomas became famous thanks to several great singles on Stax Records: "Gee Whiz," "B-A-B-Y," "Let Me Be Good To You" and a duet with Otis Redding, "Tramp." In 1969, she recorded The Queen Alone, produced by Stax co-founder and president Jim Stewart, in which the Queen of Memphis Soul proved that she was keenly aw


Two Gamble & Huff-produced LPs contain Chicago soul singer’s biggest hits such as "Hey Western Union Man" and "Only The Strong Survive"

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jerry Butler was accorded the nickname "The Ice Man" by a Philadelphia DJ who once called Butler’s show "the coolest thing I ever saw." That was in the early ‘60s after Butler had left the Impressions, with whom he’d scored t

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Ponderosa Stomp SXSW Showcase, slated to take place at Opal Divine’s in Austin, Texas, on Friday, March 16th, will offer a sneak preview of the 6th Annual Ponderosa Stomp, scheduled for the Big Room and The Parish at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

Performers at the SXSW showcase represent a veritable dream team of music pioneers from the fringes of America’s music scenes of the 1950s and ‘60s.

Kicking off the seven-plus hours of high-oct

AUSTIN, Texas - The 50th anniversary of Stax Records along with the label’s re-activation-in-full will be celebrated at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference with a live reunion of some of Stax’s biggest stars. Booker T & the MGs (featuring Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn), William Bell, Eddie Floyd and surprise guests will unite for a 90-minute set scheduled to take place Thursday, March 15, 7:30 - 9 p.m., at Austin’s legendary Anton’es nightclub, 213 W. 5th St. in Austin. Admission will b
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. Martin Sexton, called by Billboard "a vocalist of amazing proficiency and sensual conviction," has completed a holiday album titled Camp Holiday, which he recorded in a cabin deep within the Adirondack Mountains. The album, which was."‘soft-released" in fall of 2005, will finally reach brick and mortar retail on October 10.

You could almost smell the wood smoke as songs like "Blue Christmas" fill the room. Unencumbered by the distractions of big production, the simplicity al

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