Jeremy Fetzer is the guitarist and one half of the critically acclaimed Nashville based instrumental outfit Steelism. The band released their sophomore album ism today which is the follow up to their 2014 Single Lock Records debut 615 To Fame. The new album marks the first time Steelism has featured vocalists on record, with guest appearances from Ruby Amanfu, Jessie Baylin, Tristen, and Andrew Combs. In addition to the aforementioned, ism also features legendary "Nashville Cat" Charlie McCoy (Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, etc). Jeremy is also a graphic designer and his company Fetzer Design has created cover artwork for Parker Millsap, the Blake Babies, Nicole Atkins, Andrew Combs, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, the upcoming album from Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, as well as The Nashville Sound, the new record from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. You can catch Steelism's must-see live show while on tour this summer including appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and Pilgrimage Fest. This is Jeremy Fetzer's Fidelity High: Booker T. & The M.G.'s // Soul Limbo // Stax Records // 1968. Jeremy says, "Booker T. & The M.G.'s are the foundation of everything I love about music. When I first moved to Nashville in 2005, I could never fully connect with country music, neither new or old, but was instantly attracted to the history of Memphis just down the road and the music recorded there during the 1960s. This was also the beginning of my vinyl collecting and I began to scoop up all the STAX LPs I could find. Booker T. & The M.G.'s 1968 Soul Limbo would be the first STAX record I would add to my collection. The joyous nature of the arrangements on this record always brings me back in. Steve Cropper’s funky spaghetti-western style on Side A’s 'Hang ‘em High' is something I always strive for in my own playing. Their psychedelic, Memphis-soul interpretation of 'Eleanor Rigby' on Side B is insanely hip and showcases one of the greatest rhythm sections in recorded music consisting of Al Jackson & Duck Dunn. I also love hearing Booker T. switch over to piano throughout this record on tracks like 'Over Easy.' They were an instrumental pop-group that demanded your attention and never left you missing the vocal. I was lucky enough to meet Steve, Duck, & Booker T. after they were inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and they were all kind enough to sign my copy of Soul Limbo. Steve & Duck were tipsy together celebrating and I asked them who the woman was on the front cover which they laughed and responded 'I don’t think I remember.' I felt like I was in a a scene from Blues Brothers."
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