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Rock legend creates new album for Stax Music Academy

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Paul Rodgers' latest album is all about Memphis music. Paul Rodgers' latest album is all about Memphis music.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A rock and roll legend, known as the front man for Bad Company, Queen post-Freddie Mercury, Free, and The Firm, created a new album that Memphians will get behind.

Paul Rodgers' latest album is all about Memphis music. It's called "The Royal Sessions" and serves as a tribute to Stax Music Academy, where proceeds from the album will go.

"Listening to Otis Redding, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, a lot of those great guys. They were my teachers in my respects," said Paul Rodgers.

Rodgers explained his connection to Stax to WMC Action News 5's Andrew Douglas.

"When I first started out, I got, Stax music was very instrumental in me becoming a singer," he said. "When I heard Otis Redding, I thought, 'Wow. How does he do that?'"

So, that is why Rodgers is dedicating his latest album, "The Royal Sessions," to Stax Music Academy.

"We discover that Stax runs an academy of music, and we decided we would donate all proceeds to that," he explained.

The album is full of cover songs made famous by Memphis Stax recording artists. Rodgers says it is a tribute to his youth.

"The first record I bought was 'Red beans, and rice' by Booker T and the MGs, and I still play that today," added Rodgers.

"The Royal Sessions" was recorded in Memphis at the Royal studios. It debuted at number one on Billboard.

On June 13, Paul Rodgers will be playing live in Memphis with the other musicians that helped produce "The Royal Sessions."

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