fun fact!

Dave Prater of Sam and Dave was the seventh of ten siblings who all sang in the church choir.  He was working in a bakery before he started singing with Sam Moore. (Sam Moore on left; Dave Prater on right)

don’t worry, ’cause i’m comin – etymology part 2

When one looks up the definition of “soul music” online, one finds various versions with some common elements. Google calls soul music a kind of music incorporating elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music, popularized by African-Americans, with an emphasis on vocals and an impassioned improvisatory delivery. Wikipedia traces the genre’s roots to the United States in the 1950s and…

fun fact!

  Stax writers Isaac Hayes and David Porter (above, from left to right) had been confounded for hours late into the night, trying to prepare for a recording session the next day. When Hayes finally found a groove on the piano, he yelled to Porter urging him to come quickly before he loses that melody….

the way you love me is frightening – STAX RECORDS: Memphis, TN

We are of course dedicated to capturing the people and spirits who give birth to the sounds we hear: the singers and instrumentalists. They, after all, embody the very musicality we admire and ultimately cling to, even though people in other positions — engineers, producers, and writers — play critical roles too. Yet these artists and their…