Stax Records

Civil Rights March, Beale Street, Memphis

I Know a Place: The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the people and city of Memphis

An oral history of MLK and Memphis by the artists and staff of Stax Records.

January 19th, 2015 | | Features
Wilson Pickett

Born To Be Wild

On March 18, 1941, Wilson Pickett was born in Alabama, the fourth of eleven children born into a Southern Baptist…

March 18th, 2011 | | Today in History
Harry Whitaker

Harry Whitaker

Reprinted from Wax Poetics Issue 3, Fall 2002: “Man, patience is a virtue!” Harry Whitaker is reflecting on the long-awaited…

November 18th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Frank Lowe Cover

Get Lowe

From Memphis, Tennessee, the tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe grew up on soul and R&B music—he worked in the studio at…

August 10th, 2010 | | New Releases
Lou Bond

Word Is Bond

Call Lou Bond the Houdini of soul music. Following the release of his only album to date—1974’s Lou Bond—the then-Memphis-based…

May 25th, 2010 | | Articles
Issue 35 - Roger Troutman

Issue 35

Issue 35 cover artists Roger Troutman and Booker T. Jones were both innovative musicians of extraordinary vision. Each is known…

May 30th, 2009 | | Wax Poetics Magazine

Howard Lemon Singers

The gently propulsive “Let Him Come In” has recently received deserved shine on Soul Jazz’s excellent Gospel Soul series. Stax…

January 1st, 2007 | | Re:Discovery

Issue 17

Some fans say that Jay Dee was the greatest hip-hop producer ever. Wax Poetics speaks in-depth with Jay’s peers and…

June 1st, 2006 | | Wax Poetics Magazine

March Wind

Released in the same year as labelmate Melvin Van Peebles’s epochal Sweet Sweetback soundtrack, March Wind’s lone 45 may have…

May 1st, 2006 | | Re:Discovery
Ollie Nightingale

Ollie Nightingale

With drums racing in a breathless, Al Jackson-like double time, defiantly extroverted horns, and multi-tracked deep-soul shouting, Ollie Nightingale’s “It’s…

March 1st, 2006 | | Re:Discovery

Denise LaSalle

Veteran Memphis trumpeter/bandleader Gene “Bowlegs” Miller had been playing on sides for Chess and Stax for almost a decade by…

February 1st, 2006 | | Re:Discovery
Watts 103rd

Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Blame songwriter/drum maestro James Gadson if the arrangement of this 1968 single, taken from the Rhythm Band’s sophomore album, Together,…

January 1st, 2006 | | Re:Discovery
Luther Ingram I've Been Here All The Time

Luther Ingram I’ve Been Here All the Time

Luther Ingram had the good fortune to sign to the Stax subsidiary KoKo just as Al Bell undertook a massive…

January 1st, 2006 | | Re:Discovery
Issue 11

Issue 11

Maker’s Mark DJ Numark The Mighty Imperials Roots from the Stoops Unknown Funk Hero An Interview with Rickey Calloway Still…

December 21st, 2004 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Issue 10

Issue 10

  Beastie Boys Antibalas Left-Field Americana The Montgomery Express The Texas Stage Bands Part II: Leon Mitchison Pierre Jaubert: Lafayette…

September 21st, 2004 | | Wax Poetics Magazine