It’s hard to talk about the giants of bass without bringing up Donald “Duck” Dunn. As a session bassist for Stax-Volt, he laid down the groove to hits by Booker T. & the MGs, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and more. Many will also remember him as the bassist for the Blues Brothers.
Now Dunn is the focus of a new biography called Soul Fingers. Written by Nick Rosaci with an introduction by Dan Akroyd, the 144-page book provides insight into the bassist’s life and work with rare photos, stories, gear info, and transcriptions of nearly 60 of his bass lines. It also comes with online access to over an hour of audio demonstrations and play-along tracks. The bass parts were recorded by Duck’s son Jeff Dunn and fellow session legend Will Lee using Duck’s actual bass.
“With help from Duck’s family, friends, and music compatriots, the book presents a piece of history that documents not only the triumphs and tragedies of Duck’s amazing life, but also uncovers the magic behind the ‘soul fingers’ that plucked a thousand timeless grooves,” a press release states.
Soul Fingers is available for pre-order for $24.99.