August 7, 2007

Stax comes back!

Stax is experiencing something of a renaissance this year, the 50th anniversary of its founding, with new releases by established Stax artists, such as Isaac Hayes, and a new Stax recording artist, the group Soulive. This Weekend Edition Sunday story about the 50th anniversary events has some sound clips of Soulive.

In addition to the NPR coverage, there was a really fascinating documentary about Stax on PBS last Wednesday called Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. Hopefully PBS will repeat it; watching it made me want to go back to McLemore Avenue!

Isaac Hayes doing "Walk on By," from his second Stax album, 1969's Hot Buttered Soul:

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