Since its inception in 1959, STAX RECORDS has been synonymous with Southern soul music, the combination of rhythm & blues and gospel that connects to the innermost emotions of its listeners. The label served as the
driving force of unity during the civil rights era from its hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, uniting people through music in a time of great social unrest. Among the many artists who scored hits on STAX and its VOLT subsidiary during the sixties were Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Sam and Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King and the Dramatics.
While the STAX label forms a vital and historic part of CONCORD’s catalog, it also continues as a dynamic force in producing new soul-based recordings that remain true to the brand. These new productions includes recordings by STAX greats, such as William Bell, music legends, such as Melissa Etheridge, and new breakthrough artists, such as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. The label is also proud to contribute to the STAX legacy by supporting the Stax Academy of Music and the Stax Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.