Booker T – The Road From Memphis (Anti- / Epitaph)

There are only a handful of musicians who have a defined “sound” to their instrument, one that is so specific and synonymous with their name that you can immediately recognize them. Booker T is one of those individuals. Backed by members of The Roots for his new record, a bevy of guest vocalists lend their talents to The Road From Memphis including Sharon Jones, Yim Yames (aka Jim James from My Morning Jacket), The National’s Matt Berninger and Lou Reed. With an equally generous helping of instrumental tracks (including a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s hit Crazy_, the grooves run deep here with Booker T delivering a listening experience like few others can on tracks like The Hive, Representing Memphis, Walking Papers and Everything Is Everything.