Yesterday while driving from Iowa to Missouri with the rest of the band, we pulled over so that I could do a phone interview. Top of the conversation I find out that the reporter had attended the 1967 Stax tour that featured Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, The Mar-Keys and more. When I first saw the recording of this concert it changed my life, my outlook on everything that I had done as a performer, and everything I wanted to do from that moment on. I had never seen such passion and soul and communion on stage before. Seeing this captured evening connected me to a part of myself I didn’t even know needed connection. It stitched together stage and life for me. It ignited my desire to have audience and performers become one during any given gig.
I had the opportunity to ask this man about details I thought I’d never have the answers for. Throughout our conversation he drew comparisons between what went down on that tour and what we do now as a band, it literally brought chills to my spine and a heightened pride of our art and mission.
Thank God for unexpected inspirations.
I’m not even sure if it was good interview but I will tell you this….it was a magical conversation.
To top the whole thing off I found this record in a store earlier today and had to have it…