The Latest | September 5

Happy Labor Day, ya’ll! We hope everyone is enjoying their well-deserved day of rest, but as we know, Memphis music doesn’t take the day off. In this week’s edition of “The Latest,” we’ve got a bit of hip-hop, blues, and Americana, all of which were the subjects of national news stories this week. ICYMI, we’ve got all of the highlights for you your very own round-up of Memphis music news below so that you can focus on more important things like perfecting that tan before summer ends.

Moneybagg Yo Receives Profile in the New York Times

Moneybagg Yo, Memphis’ reigning king of rap, was profiled this week in the New York Times, where he gives the paper of record a tour of his hometown. . “I feel like Michael Jackson at home,” he says of Memphis. “This is who created you.” The article gives a great insight into the psyche of the 30-year-old artist, who touches on everything from his thoughts on fatherhood, his upcoming music, and the pressure that comes from being the current face of Memphis hoip-hop.

 

Upcoming “The Blues Society” documentary pays tribute to the Memphis Country Blues Festivals of the 1960s

A new documentary from Dr. Augusta Palmer entitled “The Blues Society” will shine a light on the Memphis Country Blues Festival, a series of groundbreaking concerts held at the Overton Park Shell in the 1960s. Featuring performances from blues legends such as Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins, and Fred McDowell, the festivals are remembered as an important step in bridging the gap between the younger generation of white musicians with their older Black counterparts. To learn more, you can check out this article from WBGO.

Ameripolitan Awards Announce 2023 Nominees

Having gone dark over the last two years due to COVID-19, The Ameripolitan Awards are set to return to Memphis on February 19th as the cap off to the Ameripolitan weekender full of events. They have just announced the nominees of the 2023 awards, and there are quite a few very worthy contenders. The event’s founder Dale Watson defines Ameripolitan as “original music with a prominent roots influence.” For a full list of this year’s nominees, check out this overview from Saving Country Music.

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