Paul Rodgers Celebrates The Songs And Musicians Of Memphis

paul rodgersPaul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company will appear at The Grammy Museum on October 15th for a special celebration of his recent 429 Records album “The Royal Sessions”–a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. Moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, Paul will be interviewed and will perform with several of the Memphis players including Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B-3), LeRoy Hodges, Jr (bass), Michael Toles (guitar), Archie “Hubby” Turner (Wurlitzer) and Steve Potts (drums).

Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60’s. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), “Hubby” Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers. “The Royal Sessions” will be released on 429 Records in the U.S. on February 4th.

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