June 8

I found this in a local thrift recently, Don Nix ‎– Hobos, Heroes And Street Corner Clowns:

Two things caught my eye on this unremarkable white record… the big dude in the white fur jacket photo in a Paris street scene and the fact that it was on Enterprise Records, a subsidiary of the famous Stax Records.

Turns out Don Nix puts out a pretty great record! Some slower acoustic folky tunes, but some great Staxy funky horns and whatnot as well.

The standout, however, was a very unexpected duo of When I Lay My Burdon Down with Mississippi Fred McDowell:

Nix was a sax player in the Stax house band, The Mar-Keys before they became Booker T. and the MG’s. He was a songwriter and also a producer for many famous acts in the Stax sphere.

His most famous song was Going Down, covered by, well, everybody:

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