Stax Museum Honors Huey Lewis and the News
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, TN honored GRAMMY winners Huey Lewis and the News on Thursday, October 28th with a public reception celebrating the release of their new album ‘Soulsville.” Huey Lewis was in attendance! The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at historic Ardent Studios.
The event was open to the public. Guests had an opportunity to purchase personalized autographed CDs as well as being the first to hear cuts from the new album. All proceeds went to benefit the Stax Music Academy.
There was also a special VIP event from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Guests had an opportunity to get a photo, personalized autographed CD, and the opportunity to hear students of the Stax Music Academy.
‘Soulsville’ is Huey Lewis and the News’ first album in nine years and will be released on W.O.W. Records. Recorded at historic Ardent Studios in Memphis, the album features 14 classic songs from the vault of Stax Records, including “Respect Yourself” and “Got to Get You Off My Mind.” Considered to be the preeminent soul music label in America, Stax was home to artists like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & The MG’s, and Isaac Hayes, and produced an astounding number of hit records throughout the 1960′s & 70′s. Ably paying tribute to the rich Stax legacy, Huey Lewis and the News, joined by their long time horn section, capture the energy and excitement of this important era.
‘Soulsville’ re-unites Huey Lewis and the News with co-producer Jim Ganes (‘Sports,’ ‘Fore!’) who worked at the Stax and Ardent Studios as a young man and was involved in many of the label’s original recordings.
“We’re especially proud of the collection” says Lewis, who has been previewing material from the album while on a critically acclaimed summer tour. “There should be a number of surprises for everyone.”
For the cover of ‘Soulsville’ (pictures above), acclaimed Memphis folk artist Lamar Sorrento has created a striking, affectionate caricature of a Memphis street corner. Complete with musicians, rib joints, and of course, WDIA, the country’s first black radio station, Sorrento captures the spirit and energy of Memphis just as vibrantly as Lewis and the News do on their new album.
Check out a clip of Huey talking about the new record (and Ardent!) on MSNBC.
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