Take Me to the River [Music from the Motion Picture]

Take Me to the River [Music from the Motion Picture]


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Memphis has long been one of America's greatest cities for music; it's hard to imagine what the history of blues, jazz, soul, gospel, R&B, or rock would be without the input of the many legendary musicians who came out of Memphis over the years, from Rufus Thomas to Alex Chilton. Even if you narrowed Memphis' role in popular music to the output of the Stax Records studio and Royal Recording Studios (the home of the Hi Records Rhythm Section), you would still have a mighty legacy to contend with, and filmmaker Martin Shore sets out to honors the past and present of Memphis music in his documentary Take Me to the River. In part, the film documents a series of sessions held at the Royal Studios where a number of legendary Memphis musicians recorded alongside a younger generation of Southern artists, including several where legendary vocalists like William Bell, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and Otis Clay teamed up with rap artists Snoop Dogg, Yo Gotti, and P-Nut. The best moments on Take Me to the River belong to Mavis Staples, who sings two numbers with the North Mississippi Allstars in which they play up a storm and she sounds like the glorious force of nature she truly is; in addition, the Stax Music Academy, a group of youngsters steeped in classic Memphis soul, show the city still can groove hard as they back William Bell on "Knock on Wood." Take Me to the River shows that the giants of Memphis soul can still shake the earth, and pays homage to Bobby "Blue" Bland, Teenie Hodges, and Charles "Skip" Pitts, participants who passed on between the recording and release of these sessions.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072362147
catalogNumber: 36214

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Vocals
William Bell   Vocals
Otis Clay   Vocals
Bobby Rush   Harmonica,Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Vocals
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Charles Hodges   Organ
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Organ
Susan Marshall   Background Vocals
Lester Snell   Organ,Piano
Jim Spake   Baritone Saxophone
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Marvell Thomas   Wurlitzer
Scott Thompson   Trumpet
Archie Turner   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Kirk Whalum   Horn
Kapone   Vocals
Gamble   Keyboards
Dave Smith   Bass
Stefanie Bolton   Background Vocals
MJG   Vocals
George Sluppick   Drums
Rod Bland   Drums
Marc Franklin   Trumpet
8Ball   Vocals
Kirk Smothers   Baritone Saxophone
Preston Clark   Bass
Yo Gotti   Vocals
Chris Chew   Bass
Luther Dickinson   Guitar
Cody Dickinson   Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Frayser Boy   Vocals
Clifton Jackson   Horn
Terrence Howard   Vocals
Edward "Hot" Cleveland   Drums
Paul McKinney   Horn
Tameka Goodman   Background Vocals
Kirk Smithhart   Guitar
Joe Restivo   Guitar
Tony Gentry   Guitar
Charles "Skip" Pitts   Guitar
Steve Potts   Drums
Larry Dodson   Vocals
Shontelle Norman   Background Vocals
Lannie McMillan   Tenor Saxophone
Sharisse Norman   Background Vocals
Benjamin Flores   Vocals
Doc Samba   Bass
Derrick Smith   Horn
Brandon Chornes   Drums
Andrew Saino   Guitar
Kelvin Walters   Horn

Technical Credits

Charlie Musselwhite   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Producer
Rufus Thomas   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Robert Gordon   Liner Notes
Bobby Rush   Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Arranger
Bell   Mentor
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Lester Snell   Horn Arrangements
James Alexander   Composer
Premro Smith   Composer
Calvin Broadus   Composer,Lyricist
Scott Bomar   Engineer
Kevin Houston   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Luther Dickinson   Composer
Cody Dickinson   Producer,Liner Notes
Ezra Williams   Composer
Terrence Howard   Composer
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Marlon Goodwin   Composer
Leo Goff   Engineer,Additional Production
Manny Sanchez   Engineer
Larry Dodson   Composer
Mario Mims   Composer,Lyricist
Martin Shore   Producer,Liner Notes
Alphonzo Bailey   Composer
Cedric Coleman   Composer,Lyricist
Eugene Williams   Composer
Benjamin Flores   Composer,Lyricist

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