Booker T. Jones
The Road From Memphis 5/10
After ending a 28-year hiatus in 2009 with an album where he was joined by the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young, Jones enlisted the Roots as his sidemen for his next disc. "I had the best players in the world when I was in Memphis," says the former leader of the legendary Stax house band, the MGs. "Now I'm almost there again with the Roots." They recorded in New York throughout 2010 with producers ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf, plus guest vocalists including Lou Reed, the National's Matt Berninger and My Morning Jacket's Jim James, who wrote the uplifting "Progress." "His voice is so reassuring," says Jones.