#16 May 2007

#16: May 2007FEATURES

TV BANDS: By at least one standard, these musicians are the country’s most popular bands. Does U2 play to five million fans five nights a week? These guys do. Now name them—we dare you.

THE BROTHERS CHESS: Chess Records broke new ground, musically and racially. How two Czech brothers met some Chicago Brothers, and made memorable music.

DEPARTMENTS

Christine OhlmanFrom the Editor: Queen of the Beehive Christine Ohlman has been guesting at Saturday Night Live for 16 years. Luckily, this month she’s our guest, too.

Influences: Wanda Jackson & Pam TillisInfluences: Wanda Jackson paved the way for women in Rockabilly, while next-generation Pam Tillis rocks country

On the Record: Veterans Willie, Merle and Ray, Chris Smithe and Junior Wells share space with whippersnappers Alexis P. Suter, Ben Kweller and Norah Jones.

Collecting: Legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul at a Mississippi crossroads in return for guitar genius. He was murdered at 27, leaving behind two pictures and 29 songs. Perhaps a bad deal for him, but a good one for us

Also Appearing: If summer is for festivals, winter is for planning: SXSW, MIDEM and IAJE draw the pros, and Meat Loaf, Al Kooper, Brian Wilson and Johnny Cash bring out the remotes; Vivino & Co. play for those who braved the weather

Re.Issues: Stax Records turns 50, and reissues 50 of their greats, including Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the MGs, Sam & Dave…enough soul to redeem even Robert Johnson. Also the Doobies, Dolly and Dwight, plus the Johns (Sebastian and Denver)

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