• Ralph “Soul” Jackson in home studio

Ever since John Ciba, a rabid record collector and half of the DJ duo East of Edens Soul Express, launched his Rabbit Factory label six years ago by reissuing productions from Neal Hemphill’s recording studio in Birmingham, Alabama, veteran singer Ralph “Soul” Jackson has regularly turned up on the label’s compilations and performed at its revues. Jackson, 65, who’s a cousin to soul great Jo Jo Benson, came to Hemphill after cutting some sides in the mid- to late 60s with Rick Hall and Dan Penn—both Muscle Shoals legends. He made a couple of singles for Hemphill’s Sound of Birmingham label in 1971, and following a hiatus from the music biz, returned in 1975 to do a few more—none of which had much success.