Booker T Backed by The Roots on New LP

 

May brings The Road From Memphis on Anti-; guests include Sharon
Jones, Lou Reed, Jim James and Matt Berninger.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Booker T. Jones’ new album ‘The Road From Memphis,’ has been announced for a May 10
release on Anti-. It’s the followup to 2009’s ‘Potato Hole‘ which won the Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental
Album.”

Produced by Jones with The Roots’ ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot
Smith), ‘Memphis‘ was recorded by Daptone Records’ Gabriel
Roth with backing by The Roots. According to the label the album title “refers
not only to Booker T’s journey but to the evolution of the soul music he helped
invent as it traveled from Memphis to Detroit, Philadelphia
and beyond.”

 

That end, a slew of guest
vocalists pitched in, including Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones
on “Representing Memphis,” Jim James of My Morning Jacket on
“Progress” and Lou Reed on “The Bronx.” The album also
features a rare vocal from Jones on “Down in Memphis.” Motor City
guitarist Dennis Coffey – who has a new album himself about to drop, Dennis Coffey, on Strut – contributes to
the album as well.

Tracklisting:

Walking Papers
Crazy
Progress (feat. Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket)
The Hive
Down In Memphis
Everything Is Everything
Rent Party
Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger of The National and Sharon Jones)
The Vamp
Harlem House
The Bronx (feat. Lou Reed)

 

[Photo Credit: Gary Copeland]

 

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