Produced by Jones with The Roots' ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith), Memphis was recorded by Daptone Records mastermind Gabriel Roth with backing by The Roots. The Road from Memphis refers not only to Booker T's journey but to the evolution of the soul music he helped invent as it traveled from Memphis to Detroit, Philadelphia and beyond. The music's many iterations are represented here with a broad range of guest vocalists including Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones on "Representing Memphis," Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket on "Progress" and Lou Reed on "The Bronx." The album also features a rare vocal from Jones himself offering a first-hand look at his hometown on "Down in Memphis." Legendary motor-city guitarist Dennis Coffey contributes to the album as well.
Full track listing for The Road from Memphis:
Walking Papers Crazy Progress (feat. Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket) The Hive Down In Memphis Everything Is Everything Rent Party Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger of The National and Sharon Jones) The Vamp Harlem House The Bronx (feat. Lou Reed)
U.S. tour dates to be announced soon.