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
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
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
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
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