THE MALACO SESSIONS
Fankhauser's latest album ‘I'll be around’ was recorded at Malaco Studios in Jackson, Mississippi, also known as The Last Soul Company. Fankhauser told in an interview that he had heard about this studio in the ‘Black Music Special’ of DRS 3 in 1988 and that the music really stuck with him. Suddenly he heard a blues that was much more open in its chord sequences and also had more soul than all the blues he had purely pursued at the time.
With his band, Fankhauser flew to Mississippi and managed to have the album produced jointly by the two renowned studio experts Dennis Walker (B. B. King, Robert Cray, Ruth Brown, Bettye LaVette, Lowell Fulson) and Wolf Stephenson (Ruthie Foster, Little Milton, Denise LaSalle, Johnnie Taylor), who are usually competitors.
John Allen accompanied Fankhauser on this exciting journey and created an inspiring documentary film.