News createt: 09-08-2010
Meet Roben Jones @ Elvis Week!
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Meet Roben Jones, author of the highly acclaimed new book, The Memphis Boys @ our Back In Memphis - A Tribute To The King Benefit Concert for Myrna Smith on August 12, 2010 at 8 PM
Roben Jones will be available to sign books from 6 PM to 8 PM at our pre-show event with special guests Barbara Hearn, Sandi Pichon, Sonny West, Charles Stone & More.
Roben Jones is a native of Hansford, West Virginia, and decided to be a writer at the age of ten.She became a record collector at the age of fourteen after hearing on the radio a selection by the Memphis Boys . In the fall of 1969 she and her family moved to Gallipolis, Ohio , where she attended high school and where she lives to this day.She attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia for a year and a half .Following that she became a poet, publishing in small literary magazines throughout the late seventies and early eighties.In 2000 she achieved her first major publication when two of her poems were featured in ''Wild Sweet Notes:50 Years of West Virginia Poetry.'' A chance online meeting with Memphis Boys bassist/arranger Mike Leech in 2002 led to her writing the history of American Studios,a project that took seven years to complete.''Memphis Boys':The Story of American Studios'' was published by the University Press of Mississippi in February 2010.Roben is currently working on a biography of Grady Martin and when not writing, she still collects records,hunts for antiques, cooks, and reads for pleasure.
Her book on the Memphis Boys chronicles the story of the rhythm section at Chips Moman's American studios from 1964, when the group began working together, until 1972, when Moman shut down the studio and moved the entire operation to Atlanta. Using extensive interviews with Moman and the group, as well as additional comments from the songwriters, sound engineers, and office staff, author Roben Jones creates a collective biography combined with a business history and a critical analysis of important recordings. She reveals how the personalities of the core group meshed, how they regarded newcomers, and how their personal and musical philosophies blended with Moman's vision to create timeless music based on themes of suffering and sorrow.
Recording sessions with the Gentrys, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Box Tops, Joe Tex, Neil Diamond, B. J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, and many others come alive in this book. Jones provides the stories behind memorable songs composed by group writers, such as "The Letter," "Dark End of the Street," "Do Right Woman," "Breakfast in Bed," and "You Were Always on My Mind." Featuring photographs, personal profiles, and a suggested listening section, Memphis Boys details a significant phase of American music and the impact of one studio.
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