A short, sweet, and random collection of Stax gems brought to you by your hosts Lee McCormack of The Tramps Like Us Podcast, Mr Brian Jacobs, and Eric Miller of Pods & Sods. Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just three friends sharing some of the greatest rock & soul the world has ever known.
In Volume One, we’re unpacking some classics by Otis Redding, Booker T & The MGs, The Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding with Carla Thomas, and The Veltones.
The legendary Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Free, The Firm, The Law, and Queen + Paul Rodgers joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music and the soul singers that inspired him to find his voice, his early days of songwriting, the success experienced by Free at an early age, was he ever tempted to wade into the Prog waters of the 70s UK scene, where his thoughts were at the time of leaving Bad Company, connecting with Jimmy Page to form The Firm, are there any Firm songs left in the vault, looking back at his time touring with Queen and some of the challenges in performing their material, his thoughts on their Cosmos Rocks album, his current solo band and their latest live CD and DVD release Free Spirit, thoughts on his upcoming tour with Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson, working with animal rescue, his looking forward to us moving into the Age of Aquarius and much more!
Stax legend William Bell joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days of discovering music, seeing Sam Cooke as a kid, getting started with The Del-Rios as a young teenager, how he first connected with Stax Records, meeting Sam Cooke and what he learned from him, what the environment was like working with such Stax legends as Booker T & The MGs and Mavis Staples, he shares a wonderfully funny road story from his time touring with Otis Redding, what it was like to tour in the segregated South as part of the Stax family, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr, bringing that full circle in regards to performing You Don’t Miss Your Water for the first African American President at The White House, how he connected with John Leventhal, how the 2016 Grammy winning This Is Where I Live came together and what it means to his career, life on the road and what’s next.
Steve Cropper joins Eric in conversation. Steve wears so many hats and has done so much in his long career, it’s hard to describe. Legendary guitarist, songwriter, and producer from Stax Records, Booker T & The MGs, Otis Redding, The Blues Brothers Band, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and so much more. We talk about some of the iconic songs he’s written and/or worked on, Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay, Knock On Wood, In The Midnight Hour, Soul Man, Green Onions, Last Night and so many more. We talk about him discovering the guitar and music in general, how he connected with Stax Records and we talk about his friendships with The Beatles and about their attempt to record Revolver at Stax. And so much more, such a humble and talented guy, hope you enjoy!