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Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones - FUV Live - 2013

by Rita Houston
The contributions that Booker T. Jones has made to music are invaluable.  His band, Booker T and the MGs were essential in shaping the sound of southern soul in the 60’s.  As a producer he’s helped create masterpieces for Bill Withers, Rita Coolidge, and Willie Nelson among others; and as a musician, he’s lent his keyboard skills to everyone from Ray Charles to Neil Young. 
 
Rightfully, Booker T. Jones is well recognized for his talents. He’s the recipient of 4 Grammy awards including one for lifetime achievement and has also been inducted into the Rock & Roll hall of fame.  But these accolades by no means suggest that his creativity is tapped out. In fact, this past June he released an outstanding album called, Sound The Alarm
 
Recently we had the great honor of hosting him at WFUV where I had a chance to sit with Booker T in studio A, talk music and play records. Booker did a great job as guest DJ as you'll hear during this episode of FUV Live.
 

 

Tonight On the Whole Wide World: The Legendary Booker T

by Marisa Frydman

Rita is back in the studio in between Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza to bring you another great edition of the Whole Wide World.  Tune in for new tunes from artists such as Elvis Costello and the Roots and Amos Lee as well as your favorite summer songs from Daft Punk and Laura Mvula. Be sure to stick around as Rita welcomes the legendary Booker T into the studio as this discuss his new album, Sound The Alarm. Rita turns the airwaves over to Booker T. Jones for a guest DJ set and a conversation about his musical beginnings.

Booker T. Jones - Words and Music - 2011

by Dennis Elsas
Photo by Carl Lender (CC BY 2.0)

The relationship between Booker T. Jones and Memphis is a long story of give and take. As many opportunities as it gave Booker to play, he returned the favor with ground-breaking music. Now, Booker has released the album The Road From Memphis, and stopped by FUV to tell host Dennis Elsas about the musical tribute to his hometown.