The Memphis Music Hall of Fame announced a 13-member second class of inductees this afternoon at Jerry Lee Lewis' Café & Honky Tonk on Beale Street, with Sun Records legend Johnny Cash and Stax star Carla Thomas leading a diverse class.
As with last year's inaugural 25 inductees, this year's smaller second group stands as something of a microcosm of Memphis music history, tapping into the city's major genres of blues, soul, jazz, and rock/country, highlighting both performers and behind-the-scenes contributors, and representing eras — in terms of each inductee's heyday — ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s.
The full class:
The Blackwood Brothers: The Southern gospel quartet who were pioneers in the commercialization of gospel music and a big influence on the rise of rock-and-roll.
Reverend W. Herbert Brewster: South Memphis pastor who published more than 200 gospel compositions, including the standard “Move On Up a Little Higher.”
Johnny Cash: The most country of the major Sun Records artists, who launched one of the great careers in American popular music out of Memphis. Perhaps you've heard of him.
Roland Janes: The Sun-connected producer and engineer who connects the dots between multiple generations of Memphis music and still mans the board at Sam Phillips Recording Service.
Albert King: The electric blues guitarist and singer who was reared in Arkansas and moved to Memphis mid-career, where he recorded classics “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Crosscut Saw” for Stax.
Phineas Newborn, Jr.: R&B and jazz pianist who is the most prominent member of a prominent Memphis music family.
David Porter: Wrote classic Stax hits, often in partnership with Isaac Hayes, and was an underrated recording artist on his own.
Sid Selvidge: Folk and blues revivalist who also led the radio program “Beale Street Caravan” until his passing earlier this year.
Kay Starr: Pop and jazz singer who began her career as a Memphis teenager, both on local radio and at the Peabody Hotel.
Carla Thomas: Stax's first female star and second-generation Memphis music royalty.
Tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 10) The Poplar Lounge hosts a top-notch double-bill, pairing Nashville singer-songwriter Tim Easton with local favorite Mark Edgar Stuart.
Originally from Akron, OH, Easton is a well-established commodity on the national Americana scene, having released a string of well-respected albums (mostly for the venerable New West label) throughout the 2000s. His latest effort, Not Cool, is very Nashville-centric, evoking the spirit and twang of the city's honky-tonks on Lower Broadway.
But that doesn't mean I'm not conceited enough to think that, once again, I've got this whole thing figured out. What's the end game for Breaking Bad? Don't ready further unless you want to know exactly how it will* unfold.
Spoilers if you aren't 100% current on episodes:
The Outflix Film Festival starts tonight at Malco's Ridgeway theater and runs through next Thursday. I previewed the opening night features — documentary Bridegroom and the high school comedy G.B.F. — in this week's paper. Here are a few potential highlights from the Saturday and Sunday slates:
Out in the Dark (3 p.m.): A Palestinian student who falls for an Israeli lawyer and finds himself caught between worlds in multiple ways — ostracized in Palestinian society because of his sexuality and in Israeli society because of his nationality. Has won awards at GLBT film festivals in cities such as Toronto, Philadelphia, and Miami.
Any Day Now (1:30 p.m.): This strong feature from writer-director Travis Fine is based on a true story and set in West Hollywood circa 1979, where a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) take in a teenager with Down syndrome who's been abandoned by his mother and fight a biased legal system to keep their new family together. An audience-award winner at festivals around the country, including Tribeca, Chicago, and Outfest. Cumming and Dillahunt's odd couple pairing isn't always the most convincing, but the film is moving without straining too hard for effect, and Cumming's performance as a big-hearted drag queen walks a tightrope, but mostly stays balanced. Well worth a wider theatrical run than it got.
Here comes another great rock show from the folks at Beaver Productions.
Fall Out Boy plays Mud Island Amphitheatre on Friday, September 27th, with special guests Panic! At The Disco.
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Drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.