In 1960s Detroit, Motown Records unleashed the Funk Brothers — a clutch of session players that turned the backbeat up on hundreds of hits, thanks largely to legendary finger-hooked bassist James Jamerson. Meanwhile in Memphis, Stax had its own wrecking crew: Booker T. & the MGs stirred up the rowdier funk beats that defined Issac Hayes and simmered ’em back down, serving up Wilson Pickett’s shoulder-shake dance hits and James Carr’s smooth croon. And over in Alabama, the South took a hard turn, experimenting with an entirely new soul sound in under-publicized Muscle Shoals. Record comps, interviews and books have come out in recent years, shedding more light on how so many hits were cut at FAME Recording... More >>>