Talk of the town 

Our voters sound off on their fave raves among the local scene's also-rans, up-and-comers, and underrated treasures.


The only truly unique act on the Memphis scene right now. Sure, it's half performance art, but the songs are insightful. For all of the punk-rock posturing that goes on, no one has as clear a grasp on the politics and realities of corporate, consumer society as Scott Moss. -- Chris McCoy

Robert Belfour

Hearing the Wolfman's hypnotic electric country boogie performed live is one of the last authentic-feeling blues experiences left in Memphis. -- Eddie Hankins

The Bo-Keys

Holding on to what Memphis once was. Can't wait for a recording.

-- Andrew McCalla

Los Cantadores

Memphis' only Gypsy folk band is making a real impression on the local scene. Their sound is very infectious and is reaching people who have not been exposed to Latin music. Their vitality lies in the fact that they are opening doors to new sounds and the influence of Latin culture. -- Wayne Leeloy

Clenched Fist

Although they would hate to see their names [appear in] such mainstream media, this band has made a name for themselves outside Memphis. They are the ONLY real hardcore band in Memphis and they do it very well. Props need to be given now! -- Pat Mitchell

The Coach and Four

The Coach and Four get extra points for covering the Nerves' power-pop classic "When You Find Out." -- Andrew Earles

The Cool Jerks

Straight-up rock-and-roll, never a dull moment at their shows. These guys cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis.

-- Andrew McCalla

Crippled Nation

This band is young, dedicated, and excellent musicians -- the next band on the heavy scene to get national attention. -- Pat Mitchell

Dearest Darlin's

Quiet electroclash-like dance music, a new type of thing that is needed [locally]. -- Brian Venable

Effingham and Wheatstraw

White men can rap!

-- Jared McStay

Final Solutions

I voted for this band in an earlier poll for largely novel reasons. They were irreverent, messy, and, if you took away how they sounded, everything great about rock-and-roll. I'm too young to have seen the pre-Rollins incarnation of Black Flag, but at least I have this loose interpretation. -- Andrew Earles

The Gamble Brothers Band

Serious chops all around. Their music is a fusion of New Orleans funk and Memphis soul, performed with an energy and vitality that makes it special.

-- Jay Sheffield

Billy Gibson

One of the best harmonica players in Memphis. A true professional musician with talent oozing from every note.

-- Carson Lamm

The Glass

Brad Bailey is an excellent songwriter; John Argroves is one of the most sought-after drummers in Memphis; and Tommy Pappas is the most dedicated bassist I've ever played with. They are currently working on their new album at Easley-McCain Studio, and what I've heard sounds great. It's always exciting to watch a new project gain such positive momentum. -- Brad Postlethwaite

Andy Grooms

I believe that Andy Grooms writes some of the best songs I have ever heard. His band is amazing and their music is extremely original. He deserves credit for his work. -- Dave Green

Alvin Youngblood Hart

This guy is what it's all about. [Hart] has more talent and crossover appeal than should be allowed -- a real musician's musician. [He's] a creative songwriter with a great voice, and, man, can he play. He's the total package and will certainly be considered a legend in years to come. -- Brent Harding


Better than ever, a soundtrack band for the ages. -- Jared McStay

Tyler Keith &

The Preacher's Kids

Some nips of glam, a spot of fledgling Stones, a bit of the Clash, and a dash of the Ventures ah, the raunch of it all!

-- Lisa Lumb

Little Milton

Who else in the "Year of the Blues?" One of the true giants of the genre. Even [on] the rather formulaic Malaco stuff that sells a lot of records for him, his immense vocal talents are transcendent.

-- Jay Sheffield

The Lost Sounds

Noisy, volatile, mean, and extremely good. With a recent write-up in Magnet, loud-ass live shows, and a new album, these unique synth-punk screamers are our best chance to prove that Memphis rock musicians go beyond rehashed blues covers, mainstream puppetry, and exploited family history.

-- Kerry Vaughan

Susan Marshall

This woman is amazing. Best record has got to be Susan Marshall Is Honey Mouth -- stunningly beautiful.

-- Nancy Apple

Mouse Rocket

A fine lineup of local musicians including Alicja Trout and Robbie Grant, with the good sense and ability to cover (native Memphian) Arthur "Love" Lee's psychedelic classic "Alone Again, Or."

-- Dan Ball

The Porch Ghouls

Joe Perry's stamp of approval aside, this band is among Memphis' low-brow best. Catch their live show while you still can.

-- Dan Ball

Di Anne Price

Nothing against Norah Jones, but isn't Di Anne Price really the kind of piano-playing chanteuse that Blue Note should be signing? Her seductive, knowing, yet bruised singing, keyboard mastery, and smart song selection conjure ghosts of Memphis' blues past, from Alberta Hunter to Memphis Slim.

-- Eddie Hankins

The Reba Russell Band

Just about the tightest blues band there is and probably the most underrecognized.

-- Brent Harding

Sid Selvidge

Sid Selvidge is a Memphis treasure. He passes on to us the Delta blues traditions and musical craft that he learned straight from the masters: Furry Lewis, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Mississippi John Hurt.

-- Dennis Brooks


Snowglobe's Our Land Brains is one of the best self-released albums I have ever heard. You can hear the band's influences from emo and post-punk to the Elephant 6 bands, but this album is better than that I think -- more mature. The strings, keyboards, and sampling are tasteful. The horn arrangements are perfect. Snowglobe puts me more in the mind of the Kinks or even the Beatles than a modern rock band. -- James Manning

The Subteens

Instant rock party. Just add beer.

-- Steve Walker

Scott Sudbury

Independent release has sold over 19,000 copies worldwide to people who don't even know he plays Kiss covers!

-- Traci Brothers

Three 6 Mafia

The reason Memphis rappers can make it, and probably the reason I still have my job. Their inane but undeniably catchy music blew the roof off of Memphis rap, and they and their protÇgÇs are consistently our best sellers. -- Kerry Vaughan

Charlie Wood

I must confess to just discovering this great singer/songwriter/keyboardist -- who plays regularly on Beale Street, of all places! An out-of-town friend turned me on to him; unfortunately, this is a common scenario in our fair city -- outsiders spotting talent before we locals do. One of Memphis' many hidden musical treasures.

-- Lisa Lumb

Yo Gotti

Move over, Three 6 Mafia. With a long-awaited third album finally getting set to drop in May, Yo Gotti is poised to become the biggest-selling solo rapper in Memphis since Project Pat. And this time it's on a major national label (TVT).

-- Steve Walker

Thanks to all voters:

Nancy Apple

WEVL-FM 89.9

Dan Ball



Boogaloo Boyer

KXHT-FM 107.1

Dennis Brooks



Traci Brothers

The Lounge

Gary Crump

SNAX Memphis

Kevin Cubbins

Cat's Music

Richard Cushing


Chris Davis

The Memphis Flyer

Darin Dortin

Beale Street


Todd Dudley

Young Avenue Deli

Andrew Earles

freelance writer

Julie Etheridge


Eric Friedl

Goner Records

Michael Glenn

The New Daisy Theatre

Doug Golonka

WEVL-FM 89.9

David Green

The Hi-Tone Cafe

Jennifer Hall

The Memphis Flyer

Eddie Hankins

WEVL-FM 89.9

Brent Harding



Chris Herrington

The Memphis Flyer

Lesha Hurliman

The Memphis Flyer

Ross Johnson

freelance writer

Mark Jordan

freelance writer

Casey Kennedy

Cat's Midtown

Mike Killabrew


Carson Lamm

River City


Wayne Leeloy

L2 Media

Andria Lisle

The Memphis Flyer

Larry Long

Cat's Midtown

Lisa Lumb

freelance writer

James Manning

The New Daisy Theatre

Andrew McCalla

Shangri-La Records

Chris McCoy

freelance writer

Pam McGaha

Janet McNeil

WEVL-FM 89.9

Jared McStay

Shangri-La Records

Pat Mitchell

The Blues


Bianca Phillips

The Memphis Flyer

Brad Postlethwaite



Lyndsi Potts



Timothy Prudhomme

Legba Records

Eric Robertson

Tha Movement

Katherine Sage


Jay Sheffield

Jay Sheffield


Erymias Shiberou

Tha Movement

Angie Smith

Cat's Midtown

Mike Smith



Marshall Terrell

WMPS-FM 107.5 The Pig

Kerry Vaughan

Cat's Midtown

Brian Venable

Last Chance Records

Chris Walker

independent booker

Steve Walker

Cat's Midtown

Nicole Ward

Cat's Midtown

Sherman Wilmott

Shangri-La Records

Baker Yates


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