Seasoned Soul

OCT 6TH 2017

Lawrence “B00” Mitchell


Seasoned Soul

Every now and then things happen for a reason and this was one of those times. The recording of Seasoned Soul manifested a life of its own with things falling into place as though there was a stronger power guiding the recording process. From one song to the next there was a never ending amount of inspirational energy and creativity. This recording is a true testament demonstrating that experience and passion truly does make a difference. Seasoned Soul was made without the use of technology to change or alter the pure raw talent, there are no overdubs, what you hear is very human and very real. All of the musicians that contributed to the album are masters of their craft who performed live in studio without embellishment. The making of “Seasoned Soul” was a labor of love and I am very grateful to the musicians that contributed on the making of something very special.

Al Corte’

Contributing Artists on
Seasoned Soul

Jerry Bone

Jerry toured and performed throughout the US with numerous acts for decades. Jerry recorded and toured with Nashville recording artist and songwriter David Lynn Jones on the Liberty Label. Jerry also worked with comedian and song writer Jim Stafford. Jerry held the low end for a blues group The Famous Unknowns who was the original house band at BB kings in Memphis for a three year stretch. Jerry makes his home in Arkansas where he continues performing with Red Barn Ramblers, Lockhouse Orchestra and also performs on various live shows as an on call studio musician. Jerry is a very accomplished on a number of instruments with the bass guitar being his mastered instrument of choice. Jerry created his own recording company Bare Bones Recording offering custom recording services for aspiring musicians.

Ron Miller

Ron Miller is a very talented song writer musician that plays guitar, keyboards and bass. During the seventies Ron was the member of a progressive rock band called Wakefield. Ron spent most of his career as a musician song writer and studio musician. During the eighties Ron toured with Leon Russell as the keyboardist he played Bass for Tony Joe White and wrote a song recorded by Joe Cocker. In 2002 Ron returned to Nashville working as a session player. In 2006 Ron moved to Mountain Home AR. where he performed at a local establishment. Ron now makes his home in Heber Springs Arkansas and continues to perform and write music.

Charlie Chalmers

Charlie began playing music in his high school marching band. The musical skills he honed served him well, as he became a hit arranger & sax player on recording sessions at a very young age in Memphis, Tennessee. By age 19, Charlie had worked on the road with Jerry Lee Lewis. He also worked extensively with Charlie Rich, and was starting to become well respected around Memphis as a funky sax player. Charlie’s soulful playing came to the attention of (Elvis’ bass player), Bill Black, of the “Bill Black Combo”. Charlie was a harmony singer in the backup singing group called Rhodes, Chalmers, & Rhodes. They became legendary, singing together on countless hit recordings, for many years to come. Charlie, Sandra & Donna sang with Al Green for Blue Note Records. One of Chalmers great memories is singing back up on a Frank Sinatra session. Memphis wasn’t the only major recording scene happening for Charlie. Before recording with Al Green, Charlie played sax on a Wilson Pickett recording for Atlantic Records. He recorded with Aretha Franklin, and played sax on most of Aretha’s hits. Charlie worked with artists such as Etta James, Clarence Carter, (The Osmonds, Donnie & Marie), Paul Anka, Doby Gray, Mac Davis, Andy Williams, and Wayne Newton. Charlie recorded his own album “Sax and The Single Girl” on Chess Records. Charlie worked in Branson Missouri with Mel Tillis and decided to call Branson home. Charlie built his recording studio overlooking beautiful “Table Rock Lake”.

Lennon Bone

Lennon spent 10 years as the drummer for Ha Ha Tonka in addition to his solo work as a studio session player, composer, producer and performer. He’s done countless tours of the states, and has 3 European tours currently under his belt. He’s played Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, SXSW, Sundance Film Festival and Wakaroosa to name a few, and has shared the stage with the likes of The Violent Femmes, The Old 97’s, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Langhorne Slim, the Avett Brothers and Murder by Death. Ha Ha Tonka was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”, and Lennon has played on tracks that were used in television shows like Gossip Girl, Nashville, Criminal Minds, and MTV’s Catfish. Lennon has also worked with Jabee K. Flay, Doby Watson, The Spring Standards and Lucius. Lennon now makes his home in Kansas City Missouri where he continues to work as a studio session musician, engineer and composer.

Sarah Jo Roark

Sarah Jo began singing at the age of 7 landing her first professional gig opening for “Exile” in 1991, Sarah toured throughout Arkansas, parts of Texas and Louisiana with “Louisiana Fire” in the early 90’s performing for Jerry Jones and The Dallas Cowboys for two Super Bowl parties and opening up for “Restless Heart,” “Little Texas” as well as other popular acts. In 1996 she formed her own band, “Double Shot” who performed for 6 years together and opened up for B.J Thomas, John Michael Montgomery, Doug Stone, Mark Chesnutt to name a few. After a few years off to raise children Sarah Jo began collaborating with well known guitar player, Danny Dozier, and soon the Arkansas popular band, “The Lockhouse Orchestra” was formed. Sarah Jo currently performs live with the band and also performs as a duo with John T. Parks. Sarah works as a studio session vocalist in the North Arkansas area providing harmonies and lead vocals for artists.