An Interactive Soul Detective Initiative
Reggie Young kept meticulous records of virtually every recording session he's been involved in for over 50 years (mostly, he said, to make sure he got paid!). Long considered the 'Holy Grail' by music historians and record collectors alike, these session log books have now been 'digitized' by Soul Detective through a special arrangement with The Reggie Young Collection.
From the early days of Rockabilly, to the tight instrumentals that helped define The Sound of Memphis, Reggie Young was there. He was there at the very dawn of Memphis Soul, playing on seminal records by artists like O.V. Wright and James Carr. He was there to anchor the house band at Chips Moman's American Sound Studio in Memphis, where he would play on over 120 chart hits. Moving on to Nashville in the early seventies, Reggie would soon become the Music City's 'go-to' session guitarist, often recording in three different studios in one day, and playing behind everyone from George Jones and Merle Haggard to Waylon and Willie and The Boys.
The plan is to annotate these session notes and make them available online in a collaborative 'open source' project in which we will use the information Reggie provided in an ongoing attempt to identify each and every record that featured him on guitar! A massive undertaking, I hope you will join us in our quest.
We will be publishing a page for each year as they are created, and the good news is that the first of those pages,
, is now available online for you to check out, along with an in-depth
liner notes and discussion page
... let us know what you think!