Soul singer William Bell, one of the primary stars and songwriters from the heyday of Memphis’ Stax Records, has lived in Atlanta since 1969, but rarely performs in his adopted hometown. That will change on Saturday, December 12th when the 76-year-old Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee headlines the rather intimate confines of The EARL in Atlanta’s East Atlanta Village neighborhood.
Not that Bell has been slowing down in recent years. He still tours Europe often, was a big part of the Stax 50th Anniversary Reunion show in 2007, performed at the prestigious Lincoln Center in 2009, and was invited by President and Mrs. Obama to perform at an all-star “Memphis Soul” concert at the White House in 2013. He’s also been promoting and playing shows in the US and Europe in connection with the recent Stax documentary film Take Me to the River.
The upcoming show at The EARL is in celebration of the 19th birthday of Atlanta-based free monthly music publication Stomp and Stammer. Also performing are Atlanta band Black Linen and emerging young soul music ensemble the InCrowd Band featuring vocalists Mattiel and Ruby Voo. Advance tickets are available here: https://www.freshtix.com/events/william-bell–the-earl