Watch the Soul Stew online guitar lesson by James Hogan from Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar
"Soul Stew" is a killer Memphis styled groove from American Studio's "Memphis Boys". While lesser known than the Stax house band, the Memphis Boys played on hit records by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Womack, and King Curtis among others between 1968-1972.
This example is based on the great Reggie Young's killer guitar parts on King Curtis' "Memphis Soul Stew". For fun, I've combined Reggie's part with the slick live guitar parts played by the amazing Cornell Dupree. Reggie Young's part is the iconic 6th interval intro into the rhythm guitar groove. From there, we'll delve into Cornell's funkier rhythm approach. Once again, playing in the pocket is essential here. Also, though this example only uses two triads for the rhythm part, there's a lot of sneaky picking hand stuff going on to make it work. I recommend hybrid picking for the 6ths fills and a funkier strumming approach for the chords. For the record, both of these guys played Telecasters on their recordings of this tune!