Writer of the blues common “HEADING DOWN,” Don Nix is among the more obscure statistics in Southern spirit and rock. Being a manufacturer he spent some time working with Freddie Ruler, Jeff Beck, and Furry Lewis, amongst others; as an musician, he provides released single albums on Shelter and Elektra, in addition to smaller brands like Icehouse. Blessed in Memphis, Nix went to Messick SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL with Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper from the famed Stax home music group Booker T. & the MG’s. After graduation, Nix spent a brief stint within the Military before time for Memphis, where he became a member of Dunn and Cropper, alongside Wayne Jackson, Packy Axton, Terry Johnson, and Smoochy Smith, like a saxophonist within the Mar-Keys. The group obtained a smash strike using the instrumental “YESTERDAY EVENING” within the Satellite television label (later on Stax/Volt), and Nix continued the road using the group, while a residence music group from Memphis attemptedto recorded follow-up strikes beneath the Mar-Keys’ name. Following the achievement of “YESTERDAY EVENING” fizzled, Nix came back to Memphis and spent another several years like a horn for hire, sometimes playing gigs having a re-formed edition from the Mar-Keys or support Stax stars such as for example William Bell and Carla Thomas. Within the middle-’60s, Nix started making journeys to L.A. to go to Leon Russell and Carle Radle, close friends he’d fulfilled through touring. The companionship with Russell, a large maker at that time, got Nix a posture in Dick Clark’s Caravan of Celebrities support among Russell’s functions, Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Their companionship also offered Nix the chance to observe how a program was come up with, and he started engineering and generating at studios around Memphis such as for example Stax and Ardent. Nix spent another several years composing and generating for artists such as for example Freddie Ruler, Albert Ruler, Sid Selvidge, and Charlie Musselwhite. In 1970, he authorized a recording cope with Shelter Information (co-owned by his older friend Leon Russell) and released a single recording, In God We Trust and adopted it a yr later on with Living by the times. Neither album offered perfectly, and following a few even more attempts, Nix came back to recording additional artists, producing information for John Mayall as well as the Muscle mass Shoals Tempo Section. After having been absent from record market throughout a lot of the ’80s, Nix relocated to Nashville and started composing and producing once again. He released a publication about his encounters titled Road Tales & Meals, and re-recorded a lot of his traditional tracks with music artists such as for example Brian Might and Steve Cropper for 2002’s nostalgic HEADING DOWN. He implemented this with I Don’t Wish No Difficulty in 2006, and Passing Through — both on his Section Eight Productions label — and in ’09 2009, he released Hobos, Heroes and Road Part Clowns for Concord’s revitalized Stax imprint. In 2013, True Eliminated Music reissued Living by the times.
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