Most of us have experienced a defining moment when it comes to music. Maybe it was the first time you heard James Brown or Otis Redding. It’s different for everybody, but we all know that moment when we first heard the music that changed everything for us.
Taye Cannon took a few minutes to sit down and talk about his defining musical moment: the sound that started him down the path to becoming a soul singer. Growing up in Alabama, Taye spent a lot of time listening to his dad’s record collection. One track in particular got his attention: Fats Domino‘s “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day.” The rest, as they say, is history. Tell ‘em about it, Taye.
Pastor T recently made a visit back home to Alabama. He sent us this video clip to show us a little taste of home — cornbread still sizzlin’ in the skillet. Try hard and you can almost taste it. Gimme some butter!
Mark your calendars for Sat. September 8, 2012 — in fact, go buy your tickets now because there is just no way anybody has got anything better to do that night than to be gettin’ down at The Beauty Ballroom. Knuckle Rumbler is throwing a soul party starting at 9pm with ROXY ROCA followed by KP and The Boom Boom and a DJ set by Mayer Hawthorne. Buy tickets now, RSVP on Facebook, and click ‘I Like It’ on do512.
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People always want to know how we came up with the name “ROXY ROCA.” I’ll let Taye break it down for you:
I grew up in the deep south. Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi were all places I called home before Austin. Growing up like any kids in the 80s I enjoyed the amazing sitcoms that spilled over from the groovy 70s. One of my particular favorites was The Jeffersons. I just loved everything about it, and I can still bust out the George Jefferson strut! I remember talking about the show to some of my friends in grade school and not understanding why they were not allowed to watch it. They were not allowed to watch “black” shows. Even at a young age I remember a definitive feeling of uneasy confusion. The most memorable character on the show for me was Helen Willis. I remember thinking she was such a classy lady and thought it was so cool that she was married to one of the only white guys on the show. I always thought it was so admirable how The Willises just let all the name calling and ridicule roll off their backs. They saw no color; they saw each other for who they were, and that was that. I later found out that the character was loosely based on the actress’s real life marriage and experiences. That actress was Roxie Roker. I am very proud that my parents raised me in a household where racism was not tolerated, in a part of the country where color lines run deep. It is just something I have always been passionate about. That’s right– my first lesson in civil rights came through the television and Roxie Roker led the revolution.