Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bonnaroo 2009 Artist: Booker T. Jones appearing with the Drive-By Truckers

Booker T. Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and arranger, best known for fronting the southern soul band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s.

A musical prodigy as a child, Booker T. played the oboe, sax, trombone and piano. He played on Willie Nelson's album Stardust, and has lent his trademark keyboards to everyone from Ray Charles to Neil Young to Natalie Merchant.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Grammys.

The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country, Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia. They formed in 1991, and have seen several members of the band come and go, the most notable of them, Jason Isbell.

They've created a raw, dirty, grungy country rock sound inspired by everyone from The Rolling Stones and Faces, to Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Henry.

The result of this collaboration is Booker T's new album, Potato Hole, to be released on April 21. He is joined by the Drive-By Truckers as his backing band, as well as featuring Neil Young on nine of the album's ten tracks.

But don't get your hopes up too quick.

Neil Young won't be joining them onstage at Bonnaroo. He'll be off in Europe playing both the Norwegian Wood and Isle of Wight Festivals on the same Bonnaroo weekend.

Neil or no Neil, the collaboration between Booker T. and the Truckers will be a special one at that, probably going in the books as one of the most legendary performances in Bonnaroo history.

You might also want to check out these sets at Bonnaroo:

Al Green, Gov't Mule, Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint

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