This Saturday, WRTC radio’s Chris Cowles will be celebrating an anniversary in the smoothest way possible: with nothing but Stax, live from Memphis.
Cowles, who hosts the weekly “Greasy Tracks” program on the Trinity College based 89.3 FM, has made an annual tradition of playing six hours of music from the legendary Stax record label. Stax was one of the major labels for soul music from the late 50’s through the 70’s, and their legacy lives on through numerous hip hop samples.
This year’s broadcast happens to coincide with the 10th birthday of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and Cowles will be broadcasting directly from the museum in Memphis.
It will be nothing but Stax Records music from noon to 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 27, on 89.3 FM.
“We’re really honored to be invited to the museum to do this program,” Cowles said through a press release. “There will be many Stax alums there that weekend, so it’ll be a unique and tremendous opportunity to have them on the air with us in the city where it all happened. I have no doubt there will be some real surprises when it comes to interviews.”
Whether they realize it or not, millions of people have come into contact with Stax Records artists. Standing atop the pantheon of acts influenced by Stax Records is the Wu Tang Clan. The clan’s master RZA just released a collection called “Shaolin Soul Selection: Vol. 1.”
On it are songs like “I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over” by David Porter that was sampled for GZA’s “Duel of the Iron Mike”, and “As Long As I’ve Got You” by The Emotions (originally by The Charmels), which provides the ubiquitous hook to Wu Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.”
Click here for more on the Stax Records marathon broadcast and to listen live online.
Listen to the RZA’s collection below on Spotify or click here to order it off Bandcamp.