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
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: A new book on modern Southern soul and more
Published 04/18/2014 at 10:26 a.m.
Bob Mehr talks to author David Whiteis about his new book on contemporary Southern soul music and has news on Memphis music vet Greg Cartwright and Record Story Day.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Notes on Jesse Winchester, Eddie (Kramer) and Eric (Church) Memphis-bound
Published 04/14/2014 at 8:13 a.m.
Jesse Winchester remembered around the country, classic-rock producer Eddie Kramer comes to town and a compelling country triple-bill booked.
Memphis-bred songwriter Jesse Winchester dies
Updated 04/12/2014 at 12:03 a.m.
One of music’s sweetest voices and most incisive songwriters, Jesse Winchester, has died. The 69 year-old had been battling cancer.
Austin's Greyhounds find home with Memphis' Ardent Music
Published 04/10/2014 at 10:36 a.m.
Bluesy Austin duo the Greyhounds are enjoying spotlight on their own with assistance from revived Ardent label.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Harlan T. Bobo back in town, new music from John Murry
Published 04/10/2014 at 9:46 a.m.
Once upon a time Harlan T. Bobo was a ubiquitous presence on the Memphis music scene, but the singer-songwriter has proved an elusive figure of late — turning up in town every few months for a low-key hit-and-run performance. Bobo’s ...
Trio of country acts lead "Live at the Garden" lineup
Published 04/08/2014 at 6:45 p.m. 4 Comments
A strong contingent of country-based acts — including Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker — will lead the lineup for this summer’s “Live at the Garden” concert series, which begins on June 21.
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Reports on the passing of folk singer Jesse Winchester are false
Published 04/07/2014 at 10:14 a.m. 2 Comments
Memphis-rooted singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester is in hospice care at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, and battling stage four bladder cancer -- but he is still alive, according to his wife Cindy Winchester. A posting on Winchester’s Facebook page on Sunday ...
50 Years of Funk: James Alexander and Larry Dodson on the Bar-Kays' golden year
Published 04/02/2014 at 3:24 p.m.
James Alexander and Larry Dodson on the Bar-Kays’ golden year.
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Syl Johnson comes home, Bobby Rush goes to college, Ex-Cult readies a return
Published 03/31/2014 at 11:53 a.m.
Mercurial soul man Syl Johnson returns to Memphis, film crew in tow, and punks Ex-Cult prep for the release of their second album. This and more in today's Memphis Music Beat.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Dead Dawls combines collaborators' refined beauty, raw power
Published 03/27/2014 at 10:55 p.m.
This week brings the debut recording and live performance by a kinda-sorta new band called the Dead Dawls. If the moniker sounds somewhat familiar, it should: The group is actually a union of two well-established Bluff City roots-music outfits, Dead ...
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