WTF Podcast

Episode 440 - Booker T. Jones

Fire up that Hammond organ because rock and roll Hall of Famer Booker T. Jones is at the Cat Ranch. Marc talks with Booker T. about the sound he created at Stax Records and the many hit songs he wrote while working with a who’s who of music royalty. Also, Marc’s buddy Jerry Stahl drops by the garage to talk about his new novel, Happy Mutant Baby Pills. This episode is sponsored by LegalZoom, Warby Parker and Adam & Eve.



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Tony November 08, 2013 at 9:40 am

Great show, Marc. I’m always impressed that the conversations you have with musicians are just as deep and interesting as those you have with comics you’ve known for years. Keep up the good work!

smitty November 08, 2013 at 11:12 am

I agree Tony-  sometimes having some distance from a person,helps to create a better interview. if people are too chummy, it can get sloppy and just plain too “hang out” talk like.

Jonny November 08, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Wow, what an interview.  Absolutely lovely.  I love his work, but as a guy and a musical thinker, he made himself ten times as impressive.  Thank you so much for this one Marc.  It was one of my favorites and I already liked most of yours anyway.  Stay strong on the lady front man.

How’s Deaf Black Cat?

Eric November 09, 2013 at 2:18 am

Marc, you gotta interview Sean Lock and Jon Richardson from the British talk show “8 Out of 10 Cats.”  Search for these guys on youtube.  They’re brilliant but no one in the US knows who they are.

Elliot Fryer November 09, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Fantastic! I love weeks with three episodes of WTF. Great episodes Maron (french accent)
We good!

Bruce November 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Great interview, really been getting into these last few episodes! Any sighting of Deaf black cat? Hope he is doing alright as well as you Marc. Keep up the good work!

Mark Duwe November 12, 2013 at 4:56 am

Actually, Steve Cropper wrote ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay’, but never got credit.

juliet bravo November 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Great interview with one of the greats - thanks, Marc!

choiceweb November 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Excellent podcast. I appreciate the variety of people you interview, in particular though comedians and musicians.

Art in Atlanta November 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

This is the kind of episode I love, where I find myself going to Google Maps to look up the locations that are referenced, and pausing the show every time a song was mentioned. I weaved “One Mint Julep,” “Green Onions,” “These Arms of Mine” and “Born Under a Bad Sign” into this interview. (Also, I saw Booker T & The MG’s with Neil Young, too - and Steve Cropper was definitely there. That was the Harvest Moon tour of 1993.) Fun episode!

Jeff Pyper November 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Really enjoyed Mr. Jones. Always enjoy the insights of the artists and entertainers you bring. Keep it coming! Good work! Thanks.

MWP November 15, 2013 at 2:00 am

Interesting, informative interview.

Jake November 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

What an incredibly engaging interview with an American legend.  Marc, your interviewing skills really shined in this one.  Very impressed with how easy you make it seem.  One of my favorite episodes for sure.

Wildcat November 20, 2013 at 7:44 am

I enjoy being surprised and educated about music history like this.  Great episode!

Joe Tily January 03, 2014 at 7:21 am

Epic WTF episode . . . really interesting interview with a true legend. Thanks Marc!

Kathryn February 05, 2014 at 11:37 pm

You sounded like such a fan in this episode. And I mean that in the best possible way. Booker T. Jones was cool, and you gave him all the props. I love shows like this.

Scott March 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Love you Marc, and I genuinely love the show.  Don’t want to be negative comment guy but I feel as a musician who’s wheelhouse is the soul/blues genre I’ve got to say that you were flailing a bit through this episode.  That being said, I would be nervous as hell talking to Booker T. too.  Just seemed that it took you a while to find a rhythm as for the first 20 minutes or so you were rattling of questions that had no connection to a timeline (Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, etc.).  Also, AL JACKSON, JR man!!!  That was the guy!  The drummer in the MG’s and on so many Stax hits…He also played on Al Greens golden era records.  Everyone knows Cropper and Duck Dunn…Al doesn’t really get his due.  Also, continuing to just say “Cropper’s telecater” doesn’t really take it anywhere…I appreciate that you like guitars and interview musicians, but it would be the equivalent of a musician interviewing Louis C.K. and saying “Marc’s garage” man…You have to admit that that would annoy you a little.

Scott March 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

sorry, poor grammar…other notable STAX era artists that were incredible.  The Staples Singers, Carla Thomas, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Picket (kind of), Inez Fox…plenty more, but also Pryor and Cosby put out albums on the Stax imprint too which is interesting…Also the Watt-Stax festival.