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Booker T Jones Tickets

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Hailing from Memphis, Booker T Jones' early band, Booker T and the MG's, set the pace for the sound of southern soul. And the band enjoyed a fair amount of success in their heyday. As a solo artist, Booker T Jones has earned great success producing and performing with other renowned musicians such as Neil Young and Willie Nelson.

Now, this pioneering artist has scheduled some upcoming tour stops at the Evanston SPACE in Evanston, Illinois; and the South Shore Room at Harrahs Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.


Booker T Jones Background

Booker T. Jones' story begins when he developed a passion for music as a child in Memphis, Tennessee. His paper route brought him past the house of Phineas Newborn, a jazz pianist. It was not unusual for Jones to pause and listen to Newborn practice as he performed his routine task of folding newspapers. In high school, Jones assisted in directing the school's band and excelled at playing the trombone, oboe, saxophone and keyboards. During church services, Jones additionally played the organ. He would also slip out to jam with R&B combos at area clubs.

In 1960, Jones often visited the Satellite Record Shop in Memphis where he was enlisted to play sax on a Rufus and Carla Thomas recording session. The opportunity arose when the store's owners, Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, made the decision to establish their own record label. The label soon became Stax Records, and Jones joined with Lewis Steinberg (bassist), Steve Cropper (guitarist), Al Jackson Jr. (drummer) to found the MG's. The group served as backup for Stax talents like Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Albert King and many more! The group also put out many instrumental recordings on their own, like Green Onions. In the mid-60s, Jones was highly productive. He dedicated his time to Stax Records and his music as well as studying composition and music theory at Indiana University full time.

In their heyday, Booker T. & the MG's enjoyed sizable success - supporting Stax's musicians, recording hits, touring the U.K. and Europe and taking the stage with Otis Redding at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. In 1970, Jones moved to L.A. He had already been expanding his horizons by making guest appearances on Mitch Ryder's The Detroit-Memphis Experiment and Delaney & Bonnie's album, Home. After 1971's Melting Pot, the MG's quietly went their separate ways.

Meanwhile, Jones kept himself occupied with appearing on albums by Steven Stills, Bob Dylan, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson. He also went on to produce Bill Withers' debut album, Just as I Am.

Jones released his debut solo album in 1978 called Try and Love Again. He also soaked in one of his most tremendous successes as a producer on Willie Nelson's Stardust project.

Jones' schedule brimmed with work for Nelson throughout the 1980s. He still managed to release his sophomore solo album in 1981. Another one came in 1989, The Runaway.

Three years later, Booker T. & the MG's were elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and that same year, the group came back together for a gig, performing as the house band for a star-studded tribute to the great Bob Dylan. Because of that reunion, Neil Young approached the band to invite them to accompany him on a colossal concert tour in 1993. The tour ignited a renewed interest in the band, and in 1994, Jones and the MG's worked on a new album, That's the Way It Should Be. In support of the new album, a number of live dates were scheduled.

Jones resumed a solid work schedule. He even produced and performed on Are You Passionate? - Neil Young's album of 2002.

Six years later Jones embarked on one of his most large-scale solo efforts thus far, Potato Hole. The album featured the Drive-By-Truckers as his back up along with guitar support from Neil Young on multiple songs. The album was well received, garnering glowing reviews. Soon after, Jones scheduled various live dates in Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.

In 2011, Jones collaborated with the Roots on The Road from Memphis. Two years later, Jones released Sound the Alarm.


Booker T Jones Hit Albums

Booker T. Jones was one of the original pioneers of the Memphis soul sound established in the 1960s. Jones was the frontman of the band, who landed multiple hits on their own as well as serving as the house band for Stax Records.

Some of his albums include Go Tell It on the Mountain (1988); Runaway (1989); Potato Hole (2009); Home Grown (2009); Booker T. & Priscilla (2009); The Road from Memphis (2011); Sound the Alarm (2013) and many, many more!


Booker T Jones Trivia

Do you have any idea what the "MG" stands for in Booker T. & the MG's? The answer... Memphis Group.

Some other fun facts about Booker T. Jones are that he and the MG's were voted the 93rd Greatest Rock'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone; Booker T. Jones is the ex-brother-in-law of Rita Coolidge; and he is the ex-stepfather of actor Paul Satterfield.


Booker T Jones Concert Experience

If you're ready for some deep and solid funk with the Memphis-grown legendary master of soul, you need to get concert tickets now for Booker T. Jones! The three-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer delivers a stellar performance that you just can't afford to miss!

Treat yourself to what promises to be a high-energy, infectious performance by Booker T. Jones. Pick up your tickets now!

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04 Oct
Oct 04, 2014 7:30 PM
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Sherwood Park, AB
7:30 p.m. MDT
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