The foundation of Southern soul music was built in Memphis Tennessee, with the Stax Record Shop and label as its cornerstone. Booker T. Jones was a talented young musician who spent time in the original Satellite Record Shop, before it became Stax in 1962. His formidable skills as a prodigal multi-instrumentalist allowed him to lay down sax on Satellite records first hit "Cause I Love You", by Rufus Thomas and Carla Thomas. Two years later he would form the MG’s and co-write “Green Onions” while still in high school. The immediate success of “Green Onions” put both Jones and Stax Records on the map. Jones is one of the architects of Memphis soul, and his near half century career as a professional musician has allowed him to create a body of work only a founding father of a genre could create. His inventiveness has earned him an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jones has had a monumental career as a multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, producer and songwriter. His work with Booker T. and the MG’s, his appearances on early albums by Bill Withers and Willie Nelson, and his most recent Grammy wins collaborating with The Drive By Truckers and The Roots have proven Jones’ soul is timeless. The June 2013 release of Sound The Alarm brought Jones back to his original Stax label for the first time since the 1970’s, and it is a sign of Jones’ ability to continuously blossom as a result of strong, southern, soulful roots.
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