About Bob Mehr
BiographyBob Mehr has been a reporter and critic covering music for The Commercial Appeal since 2006. Born in 1975, the Los Angeles native began his career in Phoenix, working as a music editor at the flagship paper of the New Times’ alternative weekly chain, before going on to serve the same role at Village Voice Media’s Seattle Weekly. After several years as an award-winning columnist and critic at the Chicago Reader, Mehr arrived in the Mid-South where he’s reported on local institutions like Stax and Elvis, and produced a series of in-depth features on more obscure and unknown chapters in local music history. Mehr’s byline has also appeared in numerous national and international music magazines including SPIN, MOJO in the U.K. and German Rolling Stone, and his essays are regularly featured as part of CD reissues for labels like Rhino Records.
- Memphis and national music writer and critic
10/02/2008 - current
The Year in Memphis Music: Albums of the Year
Published 12/19/2013 at 12:10 a.m.
From veteran rappers making fresh starts to expats making national waves, from the emergence of late-blooming singer-songwriters to high-powered collaborations, Memphis music had a bit of everything in 2013.
The Year in Memphis Music: Personal Picks
Published 12/18/2013 at 11:19 p.m.
Carla Thomas sings, the Oblivians play, Marcella Simien emerges, and more things that mattered in Memphis music this year.
The Year in Memphis Music: Top Stories
Published 12/18/2013 at 10:55 p.m.
Justin Timberlake returns, legends pass, Big Star on the big screen, and other top stories from 2013.
Memphis-born record mogul Joe Bihari dies at 88
Published 12/13/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
News of the death of Memphis-born record mogul Joe Bihari was confirmed this week. Bihari, who along with his brothers Jules and Saul, founded Modern Records in the 1940s, died on Nov. 28. He was 88.
Roadshow Reunion: Memphis music vet Don Nix and the return of 'Alabama State Troupers'
Updated 12/13/2013 at 12:24 a.m. 1 Comment
Memphis legend Don Nix caps big year with reissue documenting early-’70s multigenre barnstorming tour
Memphis-raised musician Musselwhite is among top nominees for Blues Music Awards
Published 12/10/2013 at 7:03 p.m.
The nominees for the 2014 Blues Music Awards were announced on Tuesday. Memphis-raised harmonica man Charlie Musselwhite is among the top nominees, up for awards in five categories, as are fellow veterans James Cotton and Lurrie BellI
Timberlake receives 7 Grammy nominations
Updated 12/07/2013 at 12:01 a.m.
Memphis native Justin Timberlake capped a huge 2013 with seven Grammy nominations.
Jesse Winchester's Memphis Return
Published 12/05/2013 at 2:16 p.m.
Not many artists get the opportunity to really understand how much they’re loved and cherished in their lifetime. Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester is one of the lucky few.
Return of The Grifters
Published 11/27/2013 at 12:52 p.m.
The Grifters are playing again to help celebrate a milestone anniversary of Shangri-La record store and label.
Mimms the Word
Published 11/21/2013 at 3:31 p.m.
Memphis rapper Yo Gotti is back, in a fresh partnership with Epic Records, and with a newly released full-length, I Am. On Thursday, he wraps up his second big national tour — a 40-date run — with a hometown show ...
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