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STAX Number Ones is a Good Place to Start

29 Mar

For those seeking a quick intro to classic Southern Soul, I suggest looking no further than the new Stax Number Ones CD. The new disc from Concord Music contains many of the most recognizable tracks laid down in the historic Memphis studio. There are a couple welcome surprises in the form of two somewhat obscure Johnnie Taylor hits:  “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)” and “Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone.” Pick up this CD and you’ll soon find yourself on the hunt for the countless other smashes conjured up at 926 East McLemore Avenue.   

Stax Records is where Southern soul became a global force in music. The label, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, gave rise to a number of stars – many hailing from its Southeast Memphis neighborhood. During the ’60s and into the ’70s, Stax studio was a wellspring of hit records that topped both the R&B and pop charts. On March 30, 2010, Stax Records – now operating within Concord Music Group – will release Stax Number Ones, an compilation of 15 chart-topping hits by Stax’ best-known artists.

Included in Stax Number Ones are Booker T. & the MGs’ “Green Onions,” Sam & Dave’s “Hold On! I’m Comin'” and “Soul Man,” Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” Johnnie Taylor’s Who’s Making Love,” “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)” and “Jody’s Got Your Girl and Gone,” Rufus Thomas’ “(Do The) Push & Pull [Part 1],” Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff,” Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft,” the Dramatics’ “In the Rain,” the Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” and Shirley Brown’s “Woman to Woman.”

Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group, has placed more than 175 hit songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 pop charts as well as a staggering 250 hits on the R&B charts. Stax Number Ones represents all 15 songs that hit #1 on either chart from the label’s golden era. It is a perfect sampling of classic Stax. 

http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/albums/Stax-Number-Ones/

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Southern Soul BBQ Goes Up in Flames

29 Mar

Heartbreaking news from the Georgia Lowcountry …

Here’s hoping they rise from the ashes soon!

Sweet Home Dairy Farm – Elberta, AL

29 Mar

The dirt road to Sweet Home Dairy Farm

Knew we were gettin’ close when we saw this sign

When you see this mailbox you have arrived!

Lots of great cheesy choices @ Sweet Home Farms 

A tempting selection of local cheeses – we chose Gouda

I am a sucker for old trucks & rustic locales

“How much do you want for the truck?”

This cute little house is for the birds — literally!

They’re what’s for dinner — and they know it!

Picked up some massive fresh strawberries on the way home

Sweet Home Farm is a working family dairy established in Baldwin County, Alabama in 1985. Their herd of Guernsey cows has access to fresh pasture grasses nearly year-round, supplemented with regionally grown grain. Using a variety of sustainable agriculture practices permits them to control quality every step of the way as the cows transform grass into milk, and they convert that milk into cheese. They use no herbicides, pesticides or growth hormones on the farm. Sweet Home handcrafts a wide variety of cheeses, all made from fresh cows’ milk, enzymes and salt, and aged for a minimum of 60 days. Farmstead cheese reflects the particular soil, climate and herbage of each season. They celebrate these seasonal variations in the cheese and recognize them as the hallmark of unique regionally-produced food.

http://vimeo.com/5699851  – Video Feature from Oxford American

http://www.southerncheese.com/Pages/sweethome.html

Elberta German Sausage Festival – 2010

29 Mar

Fire Department Volunteers keep the grill flare ups at bay

It takes a lot of charcoal to cook all that sausage!

“Where there’s smoke, there’s sausage.”

Gettin’ down — Elberta style!

Boiled Peanut stand – hey, this IS the Deep South!

Me with 1966 El Camino – “Chariot of the Gods”

Nice of them to do the math for us. No volume discounts, folks!

Fully cooked sausage links – ready to serve!

“Sauerkraut, check! Spicy Mustard, check!”

The Apple Dumpling stand was a popular hangout

“Gimme one, please!”

A warm Apple Dumpling with Vanilla ice cream

Old time grist mill in operation on festival grounds

Bags of freshly ground cornmeal for sale to public

We picked up some local honey to combat pesky pollen allergies

http://sausagefest.elbertafire.com/