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Sound the Alarm: The return of the legendary Booker T.

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Booker T. Jones isn’t afraid of a little hip-hop

Of course, working with the Roots on his previous record, 2011’s The Road to Memphis, Booker T. enrolled in a master’s class on instrumental-based rap.

Much like the M.G.s’ relationship with Stax Records, the Roots are hip-hop’s most enviable and chameleonic band, playing with Nas, Jay-Z and acting as the house band for Jimmy Fallon. “Working with the Roots, they influenced me quite a bit,” said Booker T. “I find myself leaning towards hip-hop. My son was a hip-hop emcee and dancer. It’s social music and the guys are having a lot of fun.”

Sound the Alarm features a cavalcade of guest stars, but most meaningful for Booker T. was “Father Son Blues,” the collaboration with his 23-year-old son Ted. “My son is great,” Booker T. boasted, “he’s such a surprise. He picked up the guitar about two years ago. I thought I was listening to Joe Bonamossa, but it was my son playing. I thought, ‘I gotta get with that kid.’”

Booker T. Jones

8pm Tue, April 8
Empire Theatre
226 N St. Mary’s
(210) 226-5700

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