Memphis Rock and Soul

Memphis Rock and Soul

by Melissa EtheridgeMelissa Etheridge


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Memphis Rock and Soul -- meaning the kind of integrated, funky, swampy R&B-rock hybrid cranked out of Memphis' American Sound Studio in the late '60s, music that often saw release on the Stax imprint -- is certainly well within the wheelhouse of Melissa Etheridge, who has emphasized the bluesy, soulful undercurrent in her voice since her eponymous 1988 debut. Arriving nearly 30 years after that album, Memphis Rock and Soul -- released on a revived Stax by Concord Records -- is faithful and loving to the original versions, preserving the arrangements but sometimes allowing the band to vamp a bit, as on Sam & Dave's "Hold on, I'm Coming." Usually, Etheridge stays with tried-and-true songs, finding space for both Otis Redding and Albert King, but she slides a couple of left-field choices into the mix, such as William Bell's "Wait a Minute." If Etheridge doesn't necessarily rework these songs, these straightforward interpretations illustrate why the catalog endures and her affection for both the songs and sound of Southern soul in the '60s is evident.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2016
Label: Stax
UPC: 0888072002067
catalogNumber: 00010
Rank: 48951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Etheridge   Primary Artist
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Jim Spake   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles   Guitar
Archie Turner   Keyboards
Stefanie Bolton   Background Vocals
Beth Luscombe   Viola
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
Kirk Smothers   Baritone Saxophone
Yennifer Correia   Violin
Jonathan Kirkscey   Cello
Lannie McMillan   Saxophone
Jessie Munson   Violin

Technical Credits

Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Melissa Etheridge   Composer,Producer
Luther Ingram   Composer
Otis Redding   Composer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Homer Banks   Composer
John Burk   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Don Davis   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Zelma Redding   Composer
Joe Josea   Composer
Barbara Stephens   Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Priscilla Renea   Composer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell   Engineer
Theron Feemster   Programming
Mack Rice   Composer
Willie Sparks   Composer
Lowell Fulsom   Composer

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