Monday, February 19, 2007

The Current State of Soul: Isaac Hayes and Willie Mitchell

In recent soul news, Isaac Hayes sold out two shows at B.B. King's Club in New York City in January. Hitting the crowd with well-known favorites, "Shaft," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Walk On By," Hayes delivered a moving performance that focused primarily on his work from the 70s, as well as a few new pieces. According to the Bergen Record, Hayes enjoyed the fact that the crowd included a great mix of fans: "It's great because the audience is black, white, young, old. It's a mix. And the show's always fresh because I'm doing it."

Walk down the street from Stax Records in Memphis and you'll find Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio. The mastermind behind Hi Records, and the sweet soul sounds of Al Green, Ann Peebles and, recently, John Mayer (one track from the Grammy Award winning "Continuum"), Willie Mitchell is entering into a joint venture with RNB Entertainment Group that will release both past records and new works from Willie's Way-Lo Records.

For a little history on Willie, click here: http://memphissoul50.com/history/williemitchell.html

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For clarification, I believe John Mayer only recorded one track at Hi Tone (the last song on Continuum, I think)

4:21 PM  
Blogger Memphis Pete said...

Thanks for the clarification. You're absolutely right. But Willie Mitchell's studio is Royal Studio, not the Hi Tone. The Hi-Tone is one of the more venerable rock clubs here in Memphis, Midtown to be exact.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Memphis Pete... I head up New Media at Stax Records...Would you mind shooting me an email at davidh@concordrecords.com to discuss ways we can work together on Stax 50th? We are launching the Stax50.com site in a week and would like to chat.

8:09 PM  

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