Stax is Back !

Often referred to as the “Motown of the South”, Stax recording studio is alive again!

Stax Records was the creation of brother and sister, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, and although started by a white banker and his sister, Stax eventually became one of the largest and most successful black-owned companies in the country before it was forced into bankruptcy due to financial and legal troubles in 1975. The label was resurrected in December 2006 and Concord Records, which acquired it, has been issuing new albums, re-releasing classics from the original catalogue, and mounting special Stax Revue concerts across the country. The legacy of Stax and the artists who recorded there is also being kept alive by the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, now located at the site of the former studio on the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street in Memphis.

Check out their 50 anniversary blog for full details on their history, audio archives, as well as the details of the re-emergence.

The legendary Memphis label — home to the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, Johnnie Taylor and The Bar-Kays — kicked off a busy schedule of reissues and new releases with Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, a star-studded tribute to Maurice White, who paired up stars with his band’s classic songs.

When Taylor takes the stage in a special appearance with Earth, Wind and Fire, it will be a celebration of his roots in Southern Soul Music in the finest tradition.


14 Responses to Stax is Back !

  1. makeitdo says:

    AgingHippie.. thanks for the info. on the DVD I’ll be waiting in line to get my hands on it too.

  2. ktintn says:

    Taylor & STAX, talk about a powerful partnership. I believe they would welcome Taylor w/ open arms and treat him w/ the respect that he & his music (which is the type of music Stax associates with), songwriting capabilites and musicianship deserves.

    Anyone else seeing this as a possibility in Taylor’s furture? I’m biased because I’m in Memphis. LoL 🙂

  3. SoulForever says:

    Very interesting video. I bought, listened to and enjoyed the artists and music produced by Stax. Brought back good memories……glad to see them back.

  4. Jan says:

    Check out the music they have playing. I listened for over an hour today. I was really moved by the Isaac Hayes songs. Walk on By and I Never Can Say Goodbye. I have heard these songs before by other artists and they were great but his versions gave me chills.

  5. hooverhasit says:

    i am so thrilled to hear about the resurgence of stax. i went to college in memphis during the stax//volt heydays and it was iconic even then. it was no biggie to go to the local clubs and see booker t and the mgs,rufus thomas and erma thomas, eddie floyd(knock on wood, love that base line),barkays(last night,danced our asses off to that one) on any given weekend. that was a magical time. we felt like we were witnessing musical history and we really were. i was there a few years ago and the studio was gone but an historical marker sign was there ,nothing else. made me sad. now am happy for their return.

  6. boogie says:

    Just a note:

    The blog post was not by me. Look in the lower right hand corner and you will see the name ‘bluesasoul’. She is the one who composed this post, and the one who deserves the thanks. 🙂

    Look for more posts from her in the near future!

  7. juliegr says:

    Hi Marcy — just able to open PM’s at home.. I’ll check around and let you know.


  8. AgingHippie says:

    This is wonderful – thank you Ash for posting the information – –

    did everyone notice this on the Stax website ? can’t wait to get my hands on this 🙂

    ” . . . . proud to announce the October 2, 2007 release of The Stax/Volt Revue Live In Norway 1967 on DVD. Featured for the first time on this 75-minute concert DVD are 18 classic full-length performances by some of the greatest soul artists of all time. Highlights include an amazing five-song set by the great Otis Redding and a blistering four songs by Sam & Dave. Also featured are performances by the legendary Booker T & the MGs, . . . . . . . “

  9. JAG says:

    It’s great to hear that STAX is alive again.Congrats to them !

  10. karoray says:

    Great to hear that. I have thought for awhile that taylor might invest a little in stax.
    Its just a thought, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  11. AmyMc says:

    What a very cool looking blog! Congrats to STAX!

  12. Marcy says:

    Juliegr, did you get my pm? Do you know anyone who has an extra “good” ticket?

    BTW, great video Ash….

  13. Marcy says:

    Thanks for the info on STAX. It is great that the label will continue it’s history of great music. It seems that Taylor appearing with Earth, Wind & Fire will be quite a highlight in his career…I think I may just have to find a ticket to Jones Beach….anyone have an extra?

  14. juliegr says:

    Congratulations to STAX and to all involved in getting the label back on its’ feet! Thanks for the historical background on the company and I’m looking forward to a number of surprises and much success in the future.

    I look forward to Taylor’s appearane with Earth, Wind & Fire next month. I know that it will be exciting for him and his band.

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