North Carolina Music Fest

Thomas Wilmer

"Songs of Hope and Justice" is a free musical prelude to the annual North Carolina Music Festival. Held in the Van Dyke Performance Space, singers, instrumentalists and songwriters from all quarters of North Carolina come together to share their passion for life through music. Following the September 5, 2019 performance, correspondent Tom Wilmer met with the host of the event, Grammy award-winning songwriter and singer Laurelyn Dossett

Thomas Wilmer

Memphis, Tennessee, native Booker T. Jones started playing the piano as a toddler, and began singing in his church choir as a six year-old. With the release of “Green Onions” in 1962, Booker T. & the M.G.’s organ-infused Memphis soul sound became a number-one hit on Billboard’s R&B chart. Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Jones at the North Carolina Folk Festival, where he recalls growing up in Memphis, playing as a studio musician at Stax Recording Studio while still in high school, and the story behind “M.G.” in the band’s name. Jones is a member of the Rock  & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. His autobiographical book “The Time is Tight—My life Note By Note” is scheduled for release November 1, 2019. Jones’ music has been acknowledged by USA Today’s “100 Best Songs in History” and Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Recipient of three Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the hit-single “Green Onions” was inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.