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Booker T’s rich tunes to be performed at Roots N Blues N BBQ

Booker T. Jones, four-time Grammy award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, cultivates the modern age’s definition of soul and R&B.

By Alexandra Sharp | Sept. 26, 2017

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Known for his smooth, rich tunes, soul and R&B, singer Booker T. Jones will perform Stax Records recording studio’s greatest hits, including some of his own, at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival at Stephens Lake Park. Booker T’s Stax Revue will be on the Great Southern Bank Stage at 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 29. Audiences should expect to hear some of Booker T’s swanky top hits from his time with the Memphis Group.

With strong roots to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Booker T. has shaped today’s soul music with his modern take on R&B and the interracial makeup of the MGs. Breaking into the music scene with “Green Onions,” Booker T. went on to record top hits with Stax Records. Other hits of his include “Melting Pot,” “All Over The Place” and “Gently,” each of which inspired and pushed the boundaries of 1960s southern soul.

Booker T. and the MGs consisted of Al Jackson Jr. on drums, Steve Cropper on guitar and Lewis Steinberg on bass guitar. Booker T. himself is known for his work on the Hammond B3 organ, a prominent feature on his album Sound the Alarm. The R&B legend also collaborated with star musicians throughout his musical career including Mayer Hawthorne, Janet Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire.

From slower ballads to upbeat grooves, Booker T’s impact on soul music has led him to win the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album twice, Best Pop Instrumental Performance and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His many accomplishments have also given him and the MGs a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Edited by Brooke Collier | bcollier@themaneater.com

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