Roadshow Reunion: Memphis music vet Don Nix and the return of 'Alabama State Troupers'
Updated 12/13/2013 at 12:24 a.m.
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.
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 ...
Justin Timberlake's right-hand man's career in music nearly stalled
Updated 11/15/2013 at 12:04 a.m.
On Monday, pop star Justin Timberlake returns to the Mid-South for his first local concert in six years. The show at FedExForum will be a homecoming — not just for the Millington-bred Timberlake, but also for his guitarist, Memphis musician ...
Bo-Keys Release New Singles, 'Making of' Video
Published 11/12/2013 at 11 a.m.
Memphis’ multi-generational R&B/soul outfit The Bo-Keys are back. This week, the group is releasing a pair of new seven-inch singles on bandleader/bassist/producer Scott Bomar’s Electraphonic label.
Night of songs and memories marks 2nd annual Memphis Music Hall of Fame
Published 11/07/2013 at 9:45 p.m.
All night there were stories and memories, the testimony of family, friends and colleagues, but more than anything there were songs.
Deeply rooted: Bonnie Raitt channels sound of blues masters for multiple generations
Updated 11/08/2013 at 12:29 a.m.
It’s generally considered impolite to mention a lady’s age, but on Friday night Bonnie Raitt will turn 64. Fittingly, she’ll be celebrating with a concert at the Cannon Center, in the heart of the region where so much of her ...
Local music films at Indie Memphis
Published 10/31/2013 at 7:37 p.m.
In addition to “Mabon ‘Teenie’ Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original,” several other locally themed music documentaries will screen this weekend as part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival.
Stones on Film
Published 10/31/2013 at 3:30 p.m.
A newly re-imagined documentary captures the Rolling Stones at the start of their epic adventure
Published 10/31/2013 at 3:23 p.m.
"Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Original" screens at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.
Published 10/24/2013 at 11:20 a.m.
Memphis Grammy chapter refocuses efforts, and opens up education opportunities with annual GPS event
Funeral services for Memphis music hall of famer Roland Janes are Tuesday
Published 10/20/2013 at 2:34 p.m.
Funeral services are Tuesday for Sun Records and Memphis music veteran Roland Janes. The noted guitarist, engineer and producer died Friday afternoon at Methodist University Hospital at the age of 80.
Mid-South rock icons Black Oak Arkansas return with a new (old) record
Updated 10/18/2013 at 12:07 a.m.
Black Oak Arkansas is enjoying its highest profile and biggest release in years, but the veteran rockers never really went away.
"Soul Train" book recounts colorful history
Published 10/17/2013 at 5:42 p.m.
Like most African-American kids of her generation, Ericka Blount Danois knew where she’d be on Saturdays: sitting in her Maryland home, transfixed in front of her television set, watching “Soul Train,” the dance show that doubled as a long-running showcase ...
Justin Timberlake to prep for upcoming tour with rehearsals in Southaven
Updated 10/17/2013 at 2:55 p.m. 3 Comments
Earlier this week, Memphis-rooted multi-hyphenate — singer, actor, media mogul, Grizzlies part-owner — Justin Timberlake announced he was postponing the first few dates of his much anticipated “The 20/20 Experience” world tour.
Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin enjoys a bountiful 2013
Updated 10/11/2013 at 12:20 a.m.
Patty Griffin’s “lost” album, Silver Bell, may not rank among music’s famously shelved epics like the Beach Boys’ Smile or The Who’s Lifehouse. But for the critically acclaimed roots singer-songwriter, the album’s belated release this week — coming more than ...
Soul singer Ann Peebles honored with Brass Note on Beale
Published 10/10/2013 at 11:07 a.m.
Soul diva Ann Peebles will be honored with a Brass Note on Beale on Saturday afternoon.
As the World Turns
Published 10/03/2013 at 4:48 p.m.
After two decades, Arizona pop-rockers Jimmy Eat World are finally "comfortable."
Twenty five years after forming, Seattle rockers Mudhoney keep rolling on
Updated 09/27/2013 at 12:12 a.m.
Twenty-five years after forming, Seattle rockers Mudhoney keep rolling on. With a new album in tow, they're among this week's Gonerfest 10 headliners.
Back For More
Published 09/26/2013 at 11:53 a.m.
Chicago pop-punks Fall Out Boy return to recording and the road, which brings them to Mud Island Amphitheatre Friday.
Five Bands to Watch at Gonerfest 10
Published 09/26/2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Australian punks the Cosmic Psychos and Seattle rockers Head among best bets at Gonerfest 10.
Right Place, Right Time: John Paul Keith finds he's still progressing
Updated 09/20/2013 at 11:01 a.m.
Roots-rocker’s creative hot streak yields ‘the record I should’ve been making all these years’
Bloody but beautiful
Published 09/19/2013 at 6:12 p.m.
Van Duren and Vicki Loveland knew the instant they saw the image of Rene Magritte’s “The Lovers” that they had the perfect cover for their new album, Bloody Cupid.
Classic music: R&B man Jeffrey Osborne's latest LP is a jazz triumph
Updated 09/13/2013 at 12:19 a.m.
It’s been a year of musical triumph and personal tragedy for Jeffrey Osborne.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees announced
Updated 09/11/2013 at 12:11 a.m.
They were all there, in spirit if not in body: The Man in Black, The Queen of Stax, The Velvet Bulldozer, even one of the Little Green Men. A baker’s dozen of music legends — including Johnny Cash, Carla Thomas, ...
Annual benefit concert event draws attention to Church Health Center cause
Published 09/05/2013 at 4:13 p.m.
This year, fans of Rock for Love — the annual concert benefit designed to help the Church Health Center — will be able to take home a little piece of the festival. Local musician and event organizer J.D. Reager has ...
Otis Redding documentary to make U.S. debut with Stax special screening
Updated 09/03/2013 at 4:44 p.m.
The life, music and legend of Otis Redding is the subject of a new British television documentary that will make its U.S. debut with special free screenings at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music on Monday, a date that ...
Small-town Tennessee trio The Band Perry is doing big things
Updated 08/23/2013 at 12:17 a.m.
The journey for Greeneville, Tenn., trio The Band Perry has been one of a lifetime. The group has been playing together professionally in one form or another since the late-’90s, though, more accurately, they’ve been together since birth.
2013 Elvis Week Schedule
Updated 08/09/2013 at 12:16 p.m.
FRIDAY: Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest — Round 1. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; show at 9 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale. VIP table for four ($60), VIP bar-seats ($15), or general admission/standing room-only ($5).
New box set focuses on Elvis Presley's sessions at Memphis Stax Records
Updated 08/09/2013 at 12:11 p.m.
For a couple of weeks in 1973, two of Memphis’ greatest icons, Elvis Presley and Stax Records, were joined together. Presley had a rich history of working in his home town. He launched his recording career at Sun Records in ...
Memphis' Oblivians are back, and arguably, better than ever
Updated 08/04/2013 at 11:51 a.m.
It was January of 1998, at the end of a tour of Japan, and the Oblivians were done.
Hi-Tone reopens in Crosstown with plans to once again be local music hub
Updated 08/01/2013 at 11:34 p.m.
After months of speculation and planning, construction and delays, the Hi-Tone Café is finally back in business.
It's the Memphis sound, but it's heard around the world
Published 07/25/2013 at 5:11 p.m. 1 Comment
Jon Scott of online radio station AllMemphisMusic.com can rattle off all the places around the world where the Memphis sound is still a beacon.
Mississippi duo Water Liars finally find right combination
Published 07/25/2013 at 4:54 p.m.
Justin Kinkel-Schuster spent a decade making music before he felt he’d really found himself.
Levitt Shell announces lineup for "Stars in the Park" concert
Updated 07/26/2013 at 12:16 a.m.
A collective of roots and Americana stars have been announced for the Levitt Shell’s annual fundraising concert “Stars in the Park.”
Documentary on backup singers stirs new interest and opportunities for its stars
Updated 07/19/2013 at 12:59 a.m.
When director Morgan Neville began making “20 Feet from Stardom” — his critically acclaimed documentary on the backup singers whose voices helped define some of pop and rock’s greatest records — he couldn’t have anticipated that the film would turn ...
Electronic music set to flourish as part of Shell festival
Published 07/18/2013 at 4:48 p.m.
Blues, folk and rock festivals are no stranger to the Levitt Shell. But this weekend, the sounds of some less familiar genres will be filling the historic venue, as the first M.E.M. fest sets up for a two-day celebration of ...
Mid-South boogie-rockers Dirty Streets continue their evolution on third album
Published 07/11/2013 at 4:40 p.m.
Back in 2009, on the eve of the release of Dirty Streets’ debut LP, singer-guitarist Justin Toland spoke determinedly about the young band’s future. “We’ve always had very definite goals. The main goal is to be as good as we ...
Honky tonk time with Jerry Lee for the lucky few
Published 07/10/2013 at 4:41 p.m.
The Killer will be holding court on Beale Street, as rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis takes the stage of the recently opened Jerry Lee Lewis Café & Honky Tonk on July 27 at 8 p.m. for a special ...
Sibling duo Tegan and Sara expand sound, audience with new album
Updated 07/05/2013 at 1:08 a.m. 1 Comment
After 16 years, six albums and much acclaim, Canadian duo Tegan and Sara were ready for something different. The twin Quinn sisters had achieved much since starting their career in the mid-90s playing guitar in their Calgary bedroom. They’d created ...
The soul route was perfect direction for Maxwell then, and now
Updated 06/28/2013 at 1:04 a.m.
Maxwell isn’t trying to be a tease. While his fan base has been clamoring for the soul singer’s long-promised sequel to his last album BLACKsummers’night — part of a promised trilogy of LP’s — he’s been content to take his ...
Stars, generations align for AmericanaramA Music Festival
Published 06/27/2013 at 4:11 p.m.
The AmericanaramA Festival of Music rolls into Downtown’s AutoZone Park on Tuesday for one of the summer’s most anticipated concert bills, led by iconic singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
Bland celebrated by dignitaries, fellow musicians at funeral service
Updated 06/27/2013 at 10:14 p.m.
It was not one, but a multitude of Bobby “Blue” Blands who were hailed and mourned during funeral services at First Baptist Church — Broad on Thursday.
Services are in Memphis Thursday for music icon Bobby 'Blue' Bland
Published 06/26/2013 at 5:56 p.m.
Funeral services for soul-blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland will be at noon Thursday First Baptist Church at 2835 Broad Ave.
Memphis rockers Yarber, Cartwright bring back Compulsive Gamblers
Updated 06/21/2013 at 12:19 a.m.
The Compulsive Gamblers are a like a comet, flashing periodically across Memphis’ musical sky, then disappearing for years at a time. Following an initial run starting in the late ’80s, a brief resumption in the late ’90s, and mostly a ...
Sounds of Beale to include a little country twang
Published 06/13/2013 at 6:29 p.m.
This week, the home of the blues once again expands its musical palette, as Beale Street welcomes a free monthlong series of country concerts with “The Rebel on Beale.”
Stax academy alumni join forces for summertime music series
Published 06/13/2013 at 4:06 p.m.
As the Stax Music Academy marks its 10th year in 2013, its students can look back on a decade of performances with famous music stars, appearances at legendary venues and travel to exotic locales. What they’ve never done, however, is ...
Indie rock band Local Natives realizes dreams, but remains hungry
Updated 06/07/2013 at 12:07 a.m.
The summer of 2013 is proving to be a very meaningful season for Los Angeles indie-pop band Local Natives.