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The STAX Sound - The Cornerstone of American Soul Music

If you’re a fan of funk and soul music and you’ve never spent time digging into the STAX/Volt catalog, do yourself a favor and put some time aside. If you’re familiar with the STAX/Volt sound but haven’t listened in a while, here’s some background on why those records sound so great, even 50+ years later.

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The Railroad, The Radio and the Record: Three Technologies That Gave Birth to American Music

The very history of America, and the rest of the world after World War One, is told through the music of sharecroppers, itinerant laborers, the Southern church, former slaves, immigrants and settlers, and the three technological advances that brought it all to the rest of the world.

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Masters of Sound: A Conversation With Rickie Lee Reynolds from Black Oak Arkansas

Lewis and Clark were explorers, and everyone who came after them built on what they did. The same with Robert Johnson, Elvis and Johnny Cash. They made the path and we just followed it. I hope it can happen again, but it will never be like it was because there was so much exploring and discovery going on. - Black Oak Arkansas' Rickie Lee Reynolds on the music of the mid-20th Century.

 

 

 

 

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