Six Pack of Stax – Volume Three, A Holiday Special
A short, sweet, and random collection of Stax Christmas and holiday 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. Last episode Lee brought his triangle, this time he has his acoustic guitar at the ready!
In Volume Three, we’re unpacking some holiday classics by Booker T & The MGs, The Staple Singers, The Emotions, William Bell, Otis Redding, and Rufus Claus himself, Mr Rufus Thomas.
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.