William Bell: The Stax Soulman Comes Home

[caption id="attachment_164983" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo by Ginette Callaway[/caption] You may not think you know music from Stax soul legend singer-songwriter William Bell, but you’re probably mistaken. If you’ve heard either Otis Redding or The Byrds’ recordings of his “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” or Linda Ronstadt sing “Everyone Loves A Winner,” or for 80’s rockers, Billy Idol’s “To Be A Lover,” you have been exposed to tunes Bell either wrote or co-composed. And who hasn’t been in a bar when the band tears into the Bell/Booker T. staple “Born Under A Bad Sign” recorded by dozens of acts? Less appreciated is that William Bell’s own versions of those classics are as potent and timeless as the many covers by acts that know superb soul when they hear it. Since the original Stax label’s demise in the mid-’70s, Bell has kept a lower profile yet stayed in the entertainment business; recording artists for his own imprints, releasing music and steadily touring. But now, Bell is back in a big way. His terrific new album This Is Where I Live was recorded for the revived Stax. Produced by roots veteran John Leventhal (Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash), who also played most…

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