Dickinson brothers kick off Levitt Shell spring concert season
Published 05/16/2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1963, Jim Dickinson became the first independent promoter to stage a show at the city-owned Overton Park Shell.
Celebrating life, legacy of Big Bill Broonzy
Published 05/09/2013 at 1:11 p.m.
In many ways, Big Bill Broonzy is the forgotten giant of the blues.
Better weather, strong lineup boost final day at Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis
Published 05/05/2013 at 8:15 p.m.
Music once again triumphed over nature, as the curtain closed on the 37th edition of Memphis in May’s Beale Street Music Festival Sunday.
Beale Street Music Festival crowd pleasers: Patti Smith, Yoakam, Lewis turn up the heat
Published 05/04/2013 at 10 p.m.
While the weather continued to be drudgery, the performances were inspired during the second day of the Beale Street Music Festival.
Night vibrates with music from great hip-hop hope to Sheryl Crow
Published 05/03/2013 at 10:48 p.m.
The opening night of the Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park offered lots of mud following a day of hard rain, plenty of grousing about the unusually frigid temperatures, and, of course, a mix of music and big ...
Music Fest proves unique melting pot of music, performers
Updated 05/03/2013 at 7:27 p.m.
There are few places where a poetic punk icon like Patti Smith and a guitar-shredding metal maven like Yngwie Malmsteen would cross paths; fewer places still where they would share a stage, but the Memphis in May Beale Street Music ...
Mavis Staples continues her late career renaissance with a new LP
Updated 05/03/2013 at 7:14 p.m.
For a moment, Mavis Staples looked around and felt like she had been transported to a different time and place. It was just like old days in Memphis at Stax, except the backdrop was Washington and the White House.
Billy Gibbons having ball living in past, present, "La Futura"
Updated 05/03/2013 at 7:32 p.m.
The first time Billy Gibbons and ZZ Top set foot in Memphis there was a good bit of confusion. Booked to play a blues festival at Overton Park in 1971, based on the strength of the still unknown Texas group’s ...
Selvidge was key contributor to evolving history of Memphis music
Updated 05/02/2013 at 5:49 p.m.
Sid Selvidge, a long time Memphis musician and artistic force in the Bluff City since the 1960’s, died early Thursday morning.
Stax festival a showcase for community, students
Updated 04/26/2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Community has long been a key watchword for Kirk Whalum and Mark Wender. In 2010, when the pair took over the operation of the Soulsville Foundation — the organization that oversees the Stax Music Academy, Stax Museum of American Soul ...
Boz Scaggs puts his own spin on American roots music
Updated 04/25/2013 at 12:34 a.m.
Boz Scaggs took it as a good omen, a kind of papal seal, when one of his childhood heroes, Bobby “Blue” Bland, showed up at his recording session last winter at Memphis’ Royal Studios.
Bob Dylan to return to AutoZone Park on July 2
Published 04/22/2013 at 10:02 a.m.
Bob Dylan is returning to Memphis, and he’s bringing some friends along with him.
Vinyl Love: Record Store Day is Saturday
Published 04/18/2013 at 6:51 p.m.
For music fans and collectors, it’s like Christmas, New Year’s and the Fourth of July, all rolled into one.
Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten finds contentment in creativity, education
Updated 04/12/2013 at 12:10 a.m.
Victor Wooten has long been regarded as one of the world’s greatest musicians.
Lizzard Kings' Ford returns to music, Memphis
Published 04/11/2013 at 8:54 p.m.
For a brief moment in the mid-90s Wally Ford was making a name for himself in Memphis. Along with his band the Lizzard Kings, Ford was getting play on local rock radio, earning notice for his manic stage show, and ...
Tony Bennett, Robert Plant top diverse list of performers for Live at the Garden
Published 04/10/2013 at 10 a.m.
Crooner Tony Bennett, rock god Robert Plant and fast-rising country stars The Band Perry are among the big names set to perform at the Memphis Botanic Garden’s “Live at the Garden” series.
President moved by parade of musical stars with Memphis links
Published 04/09/2013 at 8:55 p.m.
Event, to air on PBS next week, showcased the "Memphis Sound" for President Obama and guests.
Paul McCartney to play FedExForum in May
Updated 04/08/2013 at 11:36 a.m. 3 Comments
Paul McCartney has confirmed a May 26 concert date at the FedExForum, part of his 2013 “Out There” world tour.
Levitt Shell free concert series expands to eight weeks
Published 04/05/2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Alt-country stars Son Volt, Texas tunesmith Ray Wylie Hubbard and Louisiana blues guitarist Sonny Landreth are among the performers set to play the free concert series at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. The Shell has announced the lineup for ...
Comedian Torry sees evolution of urban comedy
Published 04/04/2013 at 8:58 p.m.
On Sunday, as The Royal Comedy Tour rolls into the Landers Center, Joe Torry will be filling a familiar role as host and emcee of the stand-up showcase.
Memphis' 'Teenie' Hodges provides highlight performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas
Updated 03/17/2013 at 11:13 p.m.
The closing night of the South by Southwest music festival in Austin was touted as a night of giants.
Como Mamas shake up SXSW music fest with powerful gospel
Published 03/15/2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Como Mamas was opening a showcase for the New York-based retro R&B label Daptone Records at South by Southwest.
The Western Crooners bring honky-tone tunes from Japan to Memphis
Published 03/14/2013 at 10:36 p.m.
The Western Crooners may not be the only traditional honky-tonk band from Japan made up of mostly sexagenarians, but they’re the only one that will be barnstorming America over the coming weeks.
Journalist's literary calling comes to fruition
Published 03/01/2013 at 3 a.m.
By now, the journalist David Williams is familiar to most Mid-Southerners.
Anthony Hamilton co-headlines powerhouse R&B bill with Mary J. Blige at Landers Center
Published 03/01/2013 at 3 a.m.
Whether he’s in Johannesburg, or his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., neo-soul singer Anthony Hamilton is a man with a sense of place.
MIM makes Beale Fest lineup 'official' Thursday
Published 02/27/2013 at 4:59 p.m.
Memphis in May will officially unveil the lineup for the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival on Thursday morning.
Southern soul songwriter Dan Penn revisits past with new record, return to Memphis
Published 02/26/2013 at midnight
Back in the mid-1960s, Dan Penn was what you’d call an all-nighter. He spent his wee hours at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Hi-Tone closing blow-out to kiss music venue goodbye
Updated 02/22/2013 at 12:10 a.m.
Sometime late Saturday night, or early Sunday morning, the music will finally end, and the Hi-Tone Café will be no more.
Old 97s mark career milestones as they look to the future
Updated 02/15/2013 at 12:09 a.m.
Tuesday, the group will be in Memphis to work up the LP, along with other favorites from its catalog, during a show at the Hi-Tone Café.
Memphis in May hints at strong Beale Street Music Festival lineup
Published 02/13/2013 at 5:36 p.m. 1 Comment
Black Keys, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Flaming Lips and others appear headed to Memphis.
2013 Blues Hall of Fame nominees announced
Updated 02/14/2013 at 12:06 a.m.
Hi Records alum Otis Clay, guitar greats Earl Hooker and Jody Williams, and pianist Little Brother Montgomery are among the musicians set to be inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.
Comedian and actor Mike Epps continues to evolve on stage and screen
Published 02/07/2013 at 10:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Mike Epps returns to the Mid-South to headline a show — also featuring an appearance by hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh in Southaven.
Musical couple Shovels and Rope enjoy success with backporch sound
Published 02/07/2013 at 10:17 p.m.
The first time Shovels and Rope came to Memphis in 2011, they were little known outside their Charleston, S.C., home base; just a struggling band playing for tips on a cold, rainy Tuesday night at the P&H Café.
Little G Weevil, Selwyn Birchwood Band win International Blues Challenge in Memphis
Updated 02/03/2013 at 11:20 p.m.
Atlanta musician Little G Weevil and Florida band Selwyn Birchwood Band took home top honors in the Blues Challenge.
A. Schwab looks to become cultural hub with renovations, performance space
Published 01/31/2013 at 5:44 p.m.
This week, as hundreds of musicians compete to make history as part of the annual International Blues Challenge, A. Schwab is celebrating those who have already made their marks with its "Talking the Blues" series.
Fledgling roots outfit Feathers brings together coalition of singer-songwriters
Published 01/31/2013 at 5:19 p.m.
The Nashville roots outfit Wild Feathers blends their diverse talents harmoniously on the stage.
Annual Blues Challenge continues growth into its third decade
Updated 01/25/2013 at 12:10 a.m.
It's the 29th year for the Beale Street event, presented by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, which also stages the Blues Music Awards each May.
A Bigger Bang After two decades the Blues Explosion continues to make noise and move foward
Published 01/24/2013 at 9:12 p.m.
After two decades the Blues Explosion continues to make music and move foward
Musiq Soulchild is poised to defy expectations, genre boundaries
Published 01/18/2013 at midnight
After 10 years as leading neo-soul voice, Musiq Soulchild poised to defy expectations
Music from Memphis, circa 2012
Published 12/27/2012 at 6:29 p.m.
The last 12 months have yielded an interesting and unusual crop of Memphis albums. Among the best were a number of long awaited and much delayed releases, records once thought permanently lost, and others that were shelved and simply forgotten.
Country veteran Dale Watson find inspiration in Memphis, on the road
Published 12/20/2012 at 5:45 p.m.
This week, country traditionalist Dale Watson will help transform the Hi-Tone Café, as part of the JingleBilly benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Wow Factor: Country queen Carrie Underwood continues to impress
Published 12/14/2012 at midnight
Country queen and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is ready to blow away audiences with her high-wire stage show.
Nemeth, Magness lead nominations for blues awards in Memphis
Updated 12/13/2012 at 11:30 a.m.
The nominees for the 2013 Blues Music Awards were announced on Wednesday, with rising star John Nemeth and veteran blues diva Janiva Magness leading the way with five nominations each.
Memphis music venue the Hi-Tone is closing
Published 12/11/2012 at 12:54 p.m. 1 Comment
The longtime Memphis music venue the Hi-Tone is closing. The owner announced his decision officially in an email to employees Monday night.
Low Cut Connie Memphis concert is musical, personal homecoming
Updated 12/07/2012 at 12:10 a.m.
Adam Weiner and Dan Finnemore, the singer-songwriters behind the raw-boned rock-and-roll combo Low Cut Connie, look at their band as a second chance.
A Little Knowledge: Memphis sounds inspire local rapper's evolution
Published 12/06/2012 at 5:25 p.m.
"Growing up, I listened to so much Memphis music; crunk, blues and soul ... I wanted to touch on all that," says Knowledge Nick.
John Wesely Coleman's creativity continues to flow
Published 11/29/2012 at 5:09 p.m.
Dallas-area native and longtime Austin resident John Wesley Coleman will conjure up some "hyperactive" tunes during a concert at the Hi-Tone Café.
First Class: 25 Memphis music legends to be enshrined in Hall of Fame
Updated 11/23/2012 at 12:09 a.m.
25 Memphis music legends to be enshrined in Hall of Fame
Psych pioneer completes unlikely comeback with new music and national tour
Published 11/15/2012 at 8:50 p.m.
Now, happy and healthy psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson is one of the more remarkable resurrection stories in rock and roll.
Successful union of two distinct musical personalities
Published 10/25/2012 at 5:10 p.m.
The Eric Goulden/Amy Rigby teaming is rare in pop music, a successful union of two distinct talents.