Bo-Keys, Soul Summit DJs Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Oct. 22, 9 p.m. 2011

Bassist Scott Bomar has assembled some of Memphis's most experienced soul musicians for the Bo-Keys, crafting a horn-stoked sound that merges trademarks of both Stax and Hi Records, the town's most famous soul labels. On the recent Got to Get Back! (Electraphonic), veteran guitarist Charles "Skip" Pitts recreates the gritty twang of Steve Cropper—on "90 Days Same as Cash" he also mimics the damped string intro of Ann Peebles's "I Can't Stand the Rain"—while drummer Howard Grimes delivers the same fat-snare sound he brought to so many Hi sessions, backing the likes of Al Green and Syl Johnson. Though a majority of Got to Get Back! is instrumental, a la Booker T. & the MGs, a handful of ringers sing on the album, including Stax great William Bell, bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, and Chicago hard soul vet Otis Clay (who made a bunch of records for Hi). The band is accompanied on this tour by another seasoned Memphis native in Percy Wiggins (lesser known brother of Spencer), who provides vocals on the album's highlight, "Catch This Teardrop." Clay, who sings the title track with a deep rasp worthy of Otis Redding, is expected to sit in as well. —Peter Margasak Soul Summit DJs open

Price: $10

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