Otis Redding's 1966 recording of "Try a Little Tenderness" is an American classic, but not just because of Redding's spirited vocals. Backing him up on that song are Booker T. and the MGs, who produced countless soul hits in 1960s Memphis as the house band for Stax Records. Decades later, bandleader Booker T. Jones still has Memphis on the brain.
That's what Sarah Jarosz says when she explains why she became a musician. There wasn't necessarily a day where she said to herself: "Yes, this — making music — is what I want to do with my life." Instead, she says, it just always made sense that music was the most important thing in her life; the thing that would bring her the most joy.
I'm pretty sure this is the coolest thing we've ever done behind the Tiny Desk. There was a bit of furniture-moving and finagling, but when all the heavy lifting was done, there it was: A Hammond B3 organ and its sturdy wooden Leslie speaker cabinet sat waiting for its star performer, Booker T. Jones.
The small country of Nepal stretches from Mt. Everest in the north to the Indian border in the south. Nepal's musical traditions reflect its geography, from Himalayan folk tunes to Indian ragas. Reese Erlich reports from Kathmandu that Nepali musicians are now fusing that traditional music with jazz and rock.