Sid Selvidge & Amy Speace at the Levitt Shell 


From his days as a protégé of Furry Lewis during the folk/blues revival to his role in the classic Memphis bohemian band Mudboy & the Neutrons to his role as executive producer of the syndicated Beale Street Caravan radio program, Sid Selvidge has been a fixture on the Memphis music scene for decades. Gifted with an extraordinary voice and a facility with all forms of traditional folk/pop songcraft, Selvidge has also been a rewarding if haphazard recording artist on his own. The new I Should Be Blue is apparently his eighth solo album and third in the past decade for Archer Records. Recorded with his son, Steve Selvidge, on electric guitar, Paul Taylor on drums, and noted producer Don Dixon on bass, I Should Be Blue retains Selvidge's usual folk setting but with a musical texture that can stand up to his striking vocals. And the song selection is similarly strong, mixing originals with well-chosen selections such as Tom T. Hall's "That's How I Got to Memphis," Donovan's "Catch the Wind," and the traditional "You're Gonna Look Like a Monkey (When You Get Old)." Guesting on several songs is another ace folk singer, Amy Speace, who is joining Selvidge on tour and at this week's performance at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. Selvidge and Speace play the Shell Sunday, June 13th, at 7 p.m. The concert is free. — Chris Herrington

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