While many people are familiar with the music of the famed Stax label, the story of its earliest day isn’t one that’s frequently told. In our latest podcast episode, we explore the life and music of Charles “Packy” Axton, son of Stax co-founder Estelle Axton. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the music of the Stax label would’ve been very different if not for Packy’s early involvement. If you’d like to read more about Stax and southern soul music be sure to check out Respect Yourself by Robert Gordon, Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guralnick, and Soulsville U.S.A., by Rob Bowman.
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In this episode, we discuss the melting pot of Memphis’ musical history and how it gave rise to one of the all-time great jazz pianists: Phineas Newborn Jr. Though little known today outside of jazz circles, in his prime Newborn was frequently compared to Art Tatum and Bud Powell while also being acknowledged as one of the most talented musicians working and recording.
After you listen, be sure to check out our Spotify playlist of music discussed on the show.
In this episode, Dr. David Evans sits down with us to discuss the creation and history of the University of Memphis’ High Water Records. Since 1979 Dr. Evans has been recording local and regional blues, jazz, and gospel artists for the label. Listen as we discuss his personal interest in blues music, play some tracks, and discuss the importance of preservation in the digital era.
After you listen, be sure and check out our Spotify playlist of music discussed in the show. Additionally, Dr. Evans will be giving a presentation in the Memphis Room on April 23rd at 6pm. Dr. Evans will be playing music and discussing the revitalization of blues music in Memphis during the 1980s.
Check out the first episode of our new podcast – the Memphis Room Music Show. Eldon “Chip” Holliday has been hard at work creating a show that will allow everyone to get to know more about Memphis’ musical heritage. The first episode is all about the history of the Memphis Jug Band, and several of their tracks are included.
Many thanks to Gil Worth at OAM Audio for production assistance.