Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American by Charles L. Hughes

By Charles L. Hughes

Within the sound of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, not anything symbolized the rift among black and white the US higher than the possible divided genres of state and soul. but the track emerged from a similar songwriters, musicians, and manufacturers within the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In mythical studios like Stax and status, built-in teams of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm part produced track that either challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions within the usa. operating with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, those musicians grew to become an important individuals to the era's well known song and the world over well-known symbols of yank racial politics within the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black strength, and white backlash.

Hughes deals a provocative reinterpretation of this key second in American renowned song and demanding situations the normal knowledge concerning the racial politics of southern studios and the song that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and barely used files, Hughes brings to lifestyles the day-by-day international of consultation musicians, manufacturers, and songwriters on the center of the rustic and soul scenes. In doing so, he indicates how the country-soul triangle gave start to new methods of brooding about tune, race, hard work, and the South during this pivotal interval.

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Tex—born Joseph Arrington Jr. 99 “He wore a purple cowboy outfit with a ten-gallon hat,” Killen wrote in his autobiography, and this unusual getup piqued Killen’s curiosity. “He once told me a funny story about how he got started. ” The club’s white owner grew incensed at the flamboyant black man singing country music in a cowboy suit. Tex loved country music and was good at it, but he found that his country flavor made it difficult for him to get a record deal in Nashville. In each case, the producer claimed to be unimpressed.

The Mark V’s early performances troubled both the musical and social manifestations of Jim Crow segregation. 50 Perhaps even more impressively, Penn and company were convincing enough to even impress the zealous fans on the southern “frat circuit,” the segregated universities like Auburn or Mississippi that hired R&B bands to perform at campus gatherings and parties. But they also hoped to exploit Penn’s talents in composing and performing other types of material. ” Hall and Sherrill thought the record was perfect for the pop charts, while Penn felt so confident in the record’s R&B potential that he drove to WLAC to pitch it to his idol, John Richbourg.

17 The most prominent of these whites were a group of Memphis high schoolers called the Royal Spades. The teenagers bonded over their love of the music being made at venues like Club Handy, a Beale Street spot that they attended before they were of legal age. 19 But the early interactions between black and white musicians in Memphis—like those of their contemporaries in Muscle Shoals—were not immune from the discomforting dynamics of American racial politics. For one thing, Memphis’s black musicians did not view white R&B players as freedom fighters.

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