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Raymond Hill: Remembering Clarksdale’s Unsung Reed Man

“Blow your horn, Raymond! Blow!” If you’re a fan of rock-and-roll, you’ve heard those words, yelled by Jackie...

When You Found Me: Lucero Takes ’80s Radio Rock to Very...

Lucero. Like the word itself, the group has been a lodestar of sorts for anyone asking the musical question: “Can you...

Stax Gospel: Reissue Reveals the Label’s Sacred Side

Wah-wah clavinet introduces the song, announcing that you are deep in the 1970s. “Talkin’ about a good time, we gonna...

R.U.D.Y: Gritty, Philosophical Rap from the Quarantine Age

“T o infinity and beyonnnnnnnd!” screams the chorus, over a dead-stop Memphis beat that evokes wide, empty streets in...

Made in Memphis: MIME is a 2020 Success Story

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. championed civil rights, but he also had a proactive message for Black businesses: Build...

Healy’s Tungsten

It wasn’t so long ago that Memphis native Ethan Healy, aka Healy, made a trip with his bandmate Ali Abu-Khraybeh to...

No Tears Suite: Memorializing the Little Rock Nine With Jazz

As 2020 settled into its longest nights last month, one bright spot was an online video concert by a septet stacked...

10 from ’20: Great Memphis Sounds From the Year From Hell

Here’s a roundup of my favorite Memphis music from 2020, the year that roared. You Make Me Feel (Fat Possum) Don...

Lush Music from Two Way Radio, Snowglobe, Smartest Man in...

A similar motif runs through new (and reissued) releases from Memphis-centric groups Snowglobe, Two Way Radio, and...

New Vibes, New Album for Chinese Connection Dub Embassy

The cover of Crew Vibez, the fresh album that Chinese Connection Dub Embassy drops this Friday, has a portrait of...