The Music of Quarry: “Goodnight Baby”

Quarry — Episode 2, “Figure Four”

Quarry places special emphasis on the music of ’70s Memphis and how it creates a foundation for the world the characters live in. Many of the musical performances featured in the series were also shot as full music videos. Read on for music consulting group Neophonic’s insight into “Goodnight Baby,” performed by J. Roddy Walston & The Business.

Quarry takes place in Memphis, TN in 1972, a critical time and place in music history. It’s home of Stax Records, the arguable epicenter of the Memphis Soul genre and home to such prolific artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and many, many more. The song “Goodnight Baby” was written by Steve Cropper, famed guitar player for Memphis act Booker T. & The MG’s and member of the Stax “house band,” along with his writing partner, Songwriter Hall of Fame member David Porter. David consulted with us on the Memphis music component of our soundtrack, helping source song ideas. Because David was such an asset to Quarry, and showed our team such incredible hospitality, giving us private access to some of the most celebrated music spots in town, we wanted to honor him by including his music in the series.

Additionally, for our live music sequences we wanted to use regional artists and musicians whenever possible to stay true to Quarry’s geography. J. Roddy Walston & The Business were formed out of Cleveland, TN, a little over 5 hours east of Memphis, so they were a great fit for what we were trying to capture. Having said that, J. Roddy is a Southern-leaning American Rock band and “Goodnight Baby” was most famously performed by Sam & Dave as a deep soul ballad with a big horn section; something inherently different than J. Roddy’s normal approach to music. To be frank, the band was a little resistant to doing this song. They wanted to be part of the show, but would have preferred to perform a Memphis-centric song by a band more geared to the kind of music they regularly play, like a Big Star tune for example. In the end we basically forced “Goodnight Baby” on them. The band were champs about that, put in a good amount of time to learn it and rehearse the song and crafted an arrangement that speaks both to what J. Roddy does and stays true to the original version.

See more music videos from the series on YouTube at The Music of Quarry.

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