Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Johnny Cash, Carla Thomas Among 13 New Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Johnny Cash
  • Johnny Cash
Carla Thomas
  • Carla Thomas

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 Bar-Kays: The “Soul Finger” instrumental hitmakers who served as Otis Redding's road band. Surviving original members Ben Cauley (trumpet) and James Alexander (bass) lead a still-active version of the group.

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.

Memphis Jug Band: Early blues pioneers — starting in the mid-1920s — and proto-rock-and-rollers lead by Will Shade.

Phineas Newborn, Jr.: R&B and jazz pianist who is the most prominent member of a prominent Memphis music family.

Knox Phillips: Son of Sam, who fostered Memphis music — and beyond — in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s as an engineer, producer, and studio owner.

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.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Sound Advice: Tim Easton, Mark Edgar Stuart at The Poplar Lounge

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM


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.

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Breaking Bad: Last Predictions for the Last Season

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Breaking Bad/AMC
  • Breaking Bad/AMC
I've done this once already. Most of my theories have been disproven — many of them in the very first episode of the season.

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.

*probably won't

Spoilers if you aren't 100% current on episodes:

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Outflix Weekend Picks

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

A scene from Any Day Now.
  • A scene from Any Day Now.

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.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Win Tickets to Fall Out Boy at Mud Island

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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.

We've got tickets. Here's how to win.

Click here and fill out the form. You can enter as many times as you like.

Drawing will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.

Good luck!


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