Join author Rob Bowman and Blues historian Scott Barretta for a discussion of Bowman's latest book The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story.
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The Last Soul Company — which features a foreword from legendary music author Peter Guralnick — is an intimate and loving look at a story that, according to Rob Bowman, “should never have happened.” From Tommy Couch Sr. booking soul artists at Ole Miss frat parties during the segregation era to modern artists like Kanye West, Drake, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Solange, Snoop Dogg or 2Chainz digging into Malaco’s incredible catalog for soulful samples to incorporate into chart-topping hits, it’s a revealing trip through the history of a label that has grown into the biggest and most important gospel label in the world.
About the Author:
Rob Bowman has been writing professionally about rhythm and blues, rock, country, jazz and gospel for close to 50 years. Nominated for six Grammy Awards, in 1996 Bowman won the Grammy in the “Best Album Notes” category for a 47,000 word monograph he penned to accompany a 10-CD box set that he also co-produced, The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Volume 3: 1972-1975 (Fantasy Records). In total Bowman has produced, compiled and/or written liner note for over 250 compact disc sets. He is also the author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax
Records (Schirmer Books), winner of the 1998 ASCAP-Deems Taylor and ARSC Awards for Excellence in Music Research. In 2013 Soulsville U.S.A: The Story of Stax Records. was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
About the Host:
Scott Barretta is based in Greenwood and is a writer/researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, the host of Highway 61 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and an instructor of sociology/anthropology at the University of Mississippi. He’s the former editor of and continuing contributor to Living Blues magazine, published by the Center For the Study of Southern Culture, and was the co-producer of the documentary film “Shake ‘em On Down,” about Mississippi Fred McDowell. McDowell's Grammy-nominated album "I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll" was recorded at Malaco Studios by Malaco co-owner Wolf Stephenson.