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.