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Nonconnah’s Songs for and About Ghosts

Memphis-based dronegaze band Nonconnah released their third full-length record, Songs for and About Ghosts, this...

Your Academy Schools You in Memphis Power Pop with New Album

For a certain age group in this region, the two album titles from blind to blue (Craven Hill, 1999) and Another Vivid...

The City Champs’ New Single: First New Music in Over a...

This is a halcyon day for fans of local soul/jazz combo The City Champs, as they’ve just dropped their first single...

Terry Manning Channels the Big Bopper in Scorching New...

Terry Manning is best known as a producer and master of the mixing board, having been the first house engineer for...

Berl Olswanger: The Old, Unweird Memphis Lives Once More

More than 10 years ago, I was tasked with scoring a documentary about the political machine of Boss E.H. Crump, and,...

Impala Lives! Teenage Tupelo Soundtrack Enjoys Vinyl Reissue

Cover artwork by Rui Ricardo The times I was lucky enough to work with Roland Janes at Sam Phillips Recording Service...

Stephen Chopek: Daring to Listen to the Unspoken Hopes

Stephen Chopek is a drummer’s drummer who has made a name as a Memphis sideman over recent years, but that’s not the...

Advice from Midnight Sound Services: How to Tame a Hedonist

Years ago, the drummer in a band I used to play in brought over his homemade “Dreamachine,” a low-budget stroboscopic...

James Godwin Serves Up Homemade Musical Gumbo with...

Most Memphians know James Godwin by his first name, as in James & the Ultrasounds. (Full disclosure: I was an...

Dan Penn’s Latest: Timeless Lyrics Skip Over the Placid...

Dan Penn knows a bit about suffering and joy. Since he began writing songs and producing at Fame Studios in Florence,...