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<i>Rhythm of the City</i>: John Paul Keith’s Latest is Essential Bluff City

Rhythm of the City: John Paul Keith’s Latest is Essential Bluff City

When you put on Rhythm of the City, the new album by John Paul Keith on Italy's Wild Honey label, you know just what

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 Brenston during the solo on the

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

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

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 have a time!" It's

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 the night. It's not quite

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 your own economic power. That's

Healy’s Tungsten

Lush, ethereal soundscapes and an old piano.
It wasn't so long ago that Memphis native Ethan Healy, aka Healy, made a trip with his bandmate Ali Abu-Khraybeh to Joshua Tree National

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 with Memphis-affiliated players.
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Raymond Hill: Remembering Clarksdale’s Unsung Reed Man

Peter Berke: Great read.... and acknowledgment to some unsung (pardon the pun) hero's of R&R.
Thanks for this important history.... »

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