Booker T. Jones will be jamming with Daryl Hall on the second half of a very special Live From Daryl's House, premiering July 15 exclusively at www.lfdh.com.
In June, Daryl and Booker T. were joined by R&B breakthrough artist Mayer Hawthorne, while this month's 44th installment of the Webby and MTV O Music award-winning Internet series, which last year made its broadcast debut on WGN America to impressive ratings, will feature Hall and Jones performing some of their most memorable songs.
The Memphis-born Booker T. Jones was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy lifetime achievement award for his genre-defining Hammond B-3 organ work with the renowned Stax Records group Booker T and the MGs alongside guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dun and Al Jackson Jr. His new solo album, The Road from Memphis, which was released in May on Anti- Records, features cameos by Lou Reed, My Morning Jacket's Jim James and Sharon Jones. The L.A. Times said, "Jones makes a quietly convincing case that when it comes to soul music, all roads do seem to lead to Memphis." Booker T., who has collaborated with a who's-who of popular music greats, including Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Willie Nelson, among many others, had a blast playing with Daryl on the show.
"One of the nicest things about performing on Live from Daryl's House is that Daryl has surrounded himself with musicians who can 'hear,'" enthused Booker T. "That is, each one has talent to the extent of being capable of performing as a soloist on his own, not needing to be told the proper notes to sing or play."
Daryl and his guest performed a six-song set which included the Booker T. and the MGs classic "Green Onions" and "Down In Memphis," from his new album, as well as such Stax hits as "Born Under a Bad Sign," recorded by Albert King and co-written by Booker T. and William Bell; Eddie Floyd's "I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" and William Bell's "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday." The set concludes with a rousing version of Daryl Hall and John Oates classic, "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do.)."
Says Daryl: "I grew up listening to Booker T. and the MGs. It's an absolute privilege to have him on the show and be able to play alongside him. It doesn't get more soulful than that."
"I love the 'at home' atmosphere of performing on the show," added Booker T. "Daryl's immediate and extended family stay near and furnish his guests with food, warmth and an audience."