Black Resonance

I reviewed a new book about the interactions between music and literature for Paste.


The Longevity of the Allman Brothers

I wrote about a new oral history of the Allman Brothers for Paste. See the piece here. Before Duane Allman started the band, he played as a session guitarist at Muscle Shoals, working with Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. Below, check out the part he contributes to Boz Scaggs’ overlong “Loan Me A Dime.”


(Sidenote: Scaggs’ sound changed immensely in the years after working with Duane at Muscle Shoals. Compare “Loan Me A Dime” with the smooth disco of “Lowdown”–less than half the length, more than twice the groove.)

For The Record

I wrote about For The Record, a book which puts musicians in conversation with other musicians, for Paste. See the piece here. The drummer Bernard Purdie, who played on a number of famous recordings, is interviewed in the book. He’s responsible for the percolating percussion on this famous Aretha Franklin track, “Rock Steady:”




I wrote about the new Muscle Shoals documentary — about the music studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, famous for their soul music — for Splice Today. Read the piece here.

Below, the Staples Singers’ “I’ll Take You There,” recorded in Rick Hall’s FAME Studio (though the Staples Singers were under contract with Stax). Surely one of the grooviest things ever produced in Muscle Shoals.

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