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 ...
Rosanne Cash highlights Levitt Shell summer concert series
Updated 04/07/2014 at 4:52 p.m. 1 Comment
Shows by Rosanne Cash, the Old 97’s and a performance of Big Star’s Third album are among events set for the free series.
Luther Dickinson goes solo -- and acoustic -- with Rock 'n Roll Blues
Updated 03/28/2014 at 12:02 a.m.
Among the many hats he’s worn — singer, songwriter, band leader, producer, label owner — Luther Dickinson is first and foremost a guitarist. Whether playing with his own group, the North Mississippi Allstars, or serving as a sideman with the ...
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Author Holly George-Warren on telling Alex Chilton's story
Published 03/24/2014 at 11:07 a.m.
Author Holly George-Warren comes to town to promote her new, definitive, biography of late Memphis music legend Alex Chilton. George-Warren will read from the book, and some of Chilton's friends and acolytes will play, at Crosstown Arts next week.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Rocker J.D. Reager returns to loud, melodic roots and more
Published 03/21/2014 at 9:03 a.m.
In today's Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr talks to local rocker J.D. Reager about his new album, remembers a couple of obscure local music figures who passed recently and more.
Nicole Atkins brings "cabaret-meets-blues-punk" live show to Hi-Tone
Published 03/20/2014 at 11:09 a.m.
Jersey singer Nicole Atkins gets by with a little help from her friends on third album.
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Memphis celebrated at SXSW, Big Star bio and Bob Frank reissue
Published 03/17/2014 at 11:13 a.m.
Memphis music was in the spotlight at last week's SXSW fest in Austin. Plus, a new bio and reissue look at two different chapters of Memphis music in the Seventies.
River Song: Memphis-centric music doc gets big play at SXSW
Published 03/13/2014 at 2:53 p.m.
Memphis-centric music documentary “Take Me to the River” made its official world premiere Tuesday at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.
Taj Mahal still inspired by the blues, world music
Updated 03/13/2014 at 12:40 p.m.
Taj Mahal has always been a seeker.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Low Cut Connie brings ace live act to Hi-Tone, studio news and more
Published 03/07/2014 at 11:37 a.m.
Adam Weiner is no stranger to Memphis. The piano-playing New Jersey native moved to town in the early ’00s as part of a college exchange program. He attended the University of Memphis and studied under blues expert David Evans while ...
Irish teen band the Strypes offer up old-school sound with fresh young energy
Published 03/05/2014 at 3:45 p.m.
Irish band the Strypes are a young outfit that plays an older music with an infectious energy. For a certain kind of rock fan — the ones who prize the roughhewn charm of Cavern Club-era Beatles, the manic quality of ...
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Stax goes to (Rhodes) College and more
Published 03/03/2014 at 11:11 a.m.
Author Robert Gordon organizes a Stax panel at Rhodes College and more in today's Memphis Music Beat.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Book charts black experience through eyes, voice of Staples family
Published 02/28/2014 at 10:21 a.m.
During the family band’s 50-year career, they moved musically from Southern gospel to topical folk, from deep soul to hit pop. Historically, their roots stretched from slavery to the Great Migration to the civil rights era to the birth of ...
An early read on this year’s Beale Street Music Festival lineup
Published 02/27/2014 at midnight
Music writer Bob Mehr and entertainment editor Chris Herrington go through the Beale Street Music Festival lineup day by day, offering their overall impressions and giving quick takes on the best stages each day and the artists they’re most interested ...
Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg to headline Beale Street Music Fest
Updated 02/27/2014 at 9:04 a.m. 4 Comments
Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg, Patti Labelle and the Alabama Shakes are among the acts that will headline the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival.
Valerie June comes home for first Memphis concert since 2013 breakout
Published 02/26/2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Valerie June journey from Memphis coffeehouses to the international scene was completed last summer with the release of her debut album, Pushin' Against a Stone. This Friday she comes home for her first local concert since the album's release.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Second-generation soul-blues artist Floyd Taylor passes, and more
Published 02/24/2014 at 11:12 a.m.
In today's Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr notes the passing of blues-soul singer Floyd Taylor and finds a Memphis connection on last night's "True Detective.
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Brad Pounders gets busy, ‘River’ goes to SXSW and Goner comes of age
Published 02/21/2014 at 6 a.m.
In today's Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr talks to Memphis musician Brad Pounders, reports on a Memphis music film premiering in Austin and more
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Festival updates, Mark (Ronson) and Moz in Memphis and more
Published 02/17/2014 at 11:03 a.m.
In the return of the Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr has festival news on acts coming from and to Memphis, a hot producer in town and classic rockers making local appearances
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Classic rocker Paul Rodgers cuts soul set at Royal and more
Published 01/31/2014 at 11:41 a.m.
In this week's Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr looks in on a new made-in-Memphis release from classic rock singer Paul Rodgers, an IBC competitor on the move and more.
Shape-shifting musician-filmmaker Clay Otis draws on '70s sounds for latest album
Published 01/30/2014 at 2:18 p.m.
With its titular nod to Orson Welles’ masterpiece “Citizen Kane” and its Saul Bass-inspired artwork, Memphis musician Clay Otis’ third album, Citizen Clay, offers strong hints as to his cinematic background.
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Grammy reactions, Mavis Staples in print and more
Published 01/27/2014 at 10:40 a.m.
In today's Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr sorts through local connections at last night's Grammy Awards and more.
Mr. Sipp and Tim Williams are top Blues Challenge winners
Published 01/26/2014 at 11:05 a.m.
Mississippi bluesman Mr. Sipp and his backing group took home top band honors during the 30th International Blues Challenge finals at the Orpheum on Saturday. Canadian Tim Williams earned the prize in the solo/duo category. The championship round capped five ...
Bob Mehr’s Memphis Music Beat: Eric Clapton at Mud Island, a BAT Bump and more
Published 01/24/2014 at 10:36 a.m. 2 Comments
Eric Clapton announced for Mud Island, Big Ass Truck gets a bigger room, Don Trip goes to the mat and more.
Tennessee Time: Hold Steady at Hi-Tone
Updated 01/24/2014 at 12:08 a.m.
For a band that’s rooted in Minneapolis and based in Brooklyn, the Hold Steady have been spending a serious amount of time in Tennessee.
Bob Mehr's Memphis Music Beat: Rosanne Cash's return and more
Published 01/20/2014 at 10:47 a.m.
In the debut of his new column, the Memphis Music Beat, Bob Mehr tracks Rosanne Cash's Memphis return, touches on veteran Mid-South-connected performers Leo Welch and Ray Stinnett and more.
Big name stars Perry, Mars and Bryan make their way to Memphis
Published 01/16/2014 at 10:58 a.m.
The FedExForum has announced a slate of major concerts, as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Luke Bryan will all appear at the downtown arena in 2014.
Regional acts in focus at International Blues Challenge
Updated 01/17/2014 at 12:22 a.m.
On Tuesday, the Blues Foundation will launch its 30th annual International Blues Challenge in the clubs and concert halls of Beale Street and Downtown Memphis. The 2014 edition represents a peak, with a record 255 acts performing in 22 venues, ...
Power-pop veteran Paul Collins continues late-career resurgence
Updated 01/14/2014 at 12:10 a.m.
Paul Collins admits there was a time when he was sure his career was over.
Elvis birthday celebration begins at Graceland
Published 01/08/2014 at 12:32 p.m.
Despite frigid temperatures, people from all over the world flocked to Graceland for an outdoor party, celebrating Elvis Presley’s birthday.
Memphis Music, 2014
Updated 01/03/2014 at 12:06 a.m. 1 Comment
Though we’ve barely finished looking back on the year that was in Memphis music, it’s time to gaze ahead at what 2014 holds in store for some of the city’s biggest names, hottest acts, clubs, concerts and more.
Best of 2013: National Music
Published 12/23/2013 at 12:48 p.m.
Last week, we took a deep dive into what Memphis music meant in 2013. This week, we skim the surface of the national music scene to highlight some of our favorite albums of the past year.
Memphis rapper Lord Infamous, Three 6 Mafia co-founder, dies
Updated 12/21/2013 at 2:55 p.m.
Memphis hip-hop veteran and Three 6 Mafia co-founder Lord Infamous has died.
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
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.