Living High, Laying Low By Don Nix
Memphis blues and rock legend writes about a long career that involved close associations with Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, George Harrison, Freddie King, Furry Lewis, John Mayall, and many others
Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low is a memoir of a Memphis music legend who played sax in an instrumental band, the Mar-Keys, that scored one of Stax Records first Top 10 hits, and then went on to become a prolific songwriter and record producer for Stax. His song, "Going Down," which has become a blues classic, has been recorded by Pearl Jam, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Deep Purple, The Who and many others.
When Nix began his career, he was still in high school. Over time the Mark-Keys evolved into Booker T. and the MGs. As a producer and musician Nix worked with Freddie King, Furry Lewis, Lonnie Mack, Albert King, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, the Staple Singers, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and many others. He was asked by Beatle George Harrison to organize the 1971 Bangladesh Concert at Madison Square Garden. Nix's stories of living at George Harrison's mansion in England is the cherry on top.
In 1971 Nix organized a touring band named the Alabama State Troupers, featuring Wayne Perkins, Clayton Ivey, Fred Prouty, bluesman Furry Lewis, singer Jeanie Green and the Mount Zion Band and Choir. Their music was a brilliant mix of southern rock and roll, blues and gospel.
This book contains dozens of photographs taken by Nix of the legendary musicians with whom he worked.
Left: Don Nix, left, with Klaus Voorman, George Harrison