Booker T. Jones, who rocked the world with hard-grooving instrumentals like "Green Onions" with Booker T. & the M.G.'s in the heyday of Stax soul, is back and keeping it current. The organist, who still performs live with the M.G.'s, hasn't made a solo album since the '80s, but now he's got an album set for an April 21 release on Anti Records, home of musical renegades like Tom Waits.
If this had happened 20 years ago, Jones might have been backed by the Georgia Satellites or somebody, but as it stands, a rather more contemporary batch of Georgian roots-rockers, Drive-By Truckers, will be the soul legend's band. If that wasn't enough, Neil Young, with whom Jones and some of his old bandmates have worked in the past, will be lending his lead guitar skills to the album, which is to be titled "Potato Hole," and will included soul-slinging instrumental versions of "Hey Ya" and the Waits tune "Get Behind the Mule," among others. It's not strictly a studio affair either -- expect to see Jones and the Truckers playing live at the New Orleans Jazz Fest (do they ever have actual jazz musicians at that thing anymore?) and other festivals to be announced.