Booker-T puts a memphis swing on Outkast!

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from NPR

There’s an inspired irony at play on “Potato Hole”, the new album from Memphis soul architect Booker T. Jones. At the just-autumnal age of 64, the organist forgoes the taut, flinty grooves he exploited with his MGs at Stax Records in favor of something altogether larger, looser and louder.

While most of the songs are memorable Jones originals, the organist and sometime guitarist includes three covers, among them the Andre 3000-helmed OutKast smash from 2003, “Hey Ya.”

The arrangement here is positively explosive, with organ tackling the vocal hook and guitar recasting the coy synth line. Part of the original’s genius lies in the way it infuses powerhouse pop with romantic unrest, and Jones’ rendition evokes a similarly bittersweet feeling.
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