I am the author of Waking Up in Memphis and a freelance journalist for the Memphis Flyer, the Commercial Appeal and the London Guardian newspapers…
Are we all in agreement? Ray Charles' rendition of "America" -- beautiful. Zac Brown Band's version, not so much.
MM, my dad wasn't too happy when I sauntered down for breakfast in the summer of '84 wearing a LIVE PCPPEP pep t-shirt, after seeing the Butthole Surfers @ the Metroplex the night before. nowadays, according to People of Walmart, we have folks walking around in t-shirts that say stuff like "dick eater" or "I wouldn't fuck you if it was for practice."
some sorta-stupid names can transcend the inanity, thanks to great music.
and I love the whole tribute-band-name genre. minikiss, anyone?
but while I liked the guys in the Little Rock band Ho-hum -- and also liked their music, I never understood why anyone would go to the effort of forming a band, writing songs, recording, touring etc. with such a deliberately mediocre name. there, the irony was lost.
AE, thanks for pointing that out! I think I went to make dinner the minute I heard that Zac Brown would be coming on after the commercials...
did you catch Leon Russell at the Hi-Tone last year?
i love, love, love that orchestra baobab album -- thanks for reminding me i have it in my collection!
in other weirdness, did you know that oxford resident j.d. mark (wiley & the checkmates, the haunted hearts) plays guitar with lcd soundsystem when they're on the road?
pretty sure it was Chilton's folks' house, on Montgomery. John Fry took the photo!
me again -- wow, just found out some cool info about the Belmont property here -- http://www.tellthetruthtravel.com/ThumbsUp…check out this crazy photo of Poplar Pike, circa 1930!http://www.tellthetruthtravel.com/images/M…
I always thought White's Station was the Belmont Grill?
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