Booker T. Jones is the secret artist behind much of the last 40 years of great music. He’s composed, written, contributed and performed with some of the biggest names in any Hall of Fame. His instrument of choice is the electric organ; the Hammond B-3, a kind of church service that struts and wears sunglasses. But he’s been stretching out on his own for a while now. His new solo album is entitled The Road From Memphis, a verbal cue that his new Los Angeles home is becoming permanent, but the spirit of his home lives with him. The album features some big names making vocal contributions, including Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket and Matt Berninger of The National. With The Roots providing instrumental clout throughout. It was even produced by Questlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith). There’s one track on the album that sums up the spirit of the whole. “Representing Memphis” lays a night scene down, providing the perfect soundtrack for an easy drive through your old digs, to refresh all your old claims on the days that came before. It features the magnanimous Sharon Jones, and the less expected Matt Berninger. I’d like to think there was some powerful sexual chemistry between the two in the booth. Those’d be some fine sangin’ babies. Anyway, enjoy the song, and one other (Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything”) from Booker’s new record.
Booker T. Jones – Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones) by antirecords
(The Road From Memphis is available now from Anti Records)