WAMM Recommends: Week of November 30

From the We Are Memphis Music team, here’s a mix of live music picks we think you can’t afford to miss out on this week.

Anthony Wilson

7:30 p.m., Thursday December 2, The Green Room at Crosstown Arts



Endlessly inventive guitarist Anthony Wilson is evidence that the hoary old adage about apples not falling far from trees is accurate, the tree in this case being Wilson’s father, the imposing redwood of legendary jazz trumpeter and bandleader Gerald Wilson. Still, the younger Wilson’s more than made his own mark on the musical landscape in his time, having collaborated with everyone from Diana Krall to Gladys Knight, Paul McCartney to Willie Nelson, Leon Russell to Aaron Neville…the list is forever unfurling. Working within a jazz framework but blissfully untethered to genre constraints, his restlessly creative approach to archtop guitar must be experienced in person to appreciate, so catch him and his formidable collaborators at the Green Room At Crosstown Arts on Thursday, and prepare to be spellbound.



Aaron James

7:30 p.m., Saturday December 4, The Green Room at Crosstown Arts



Indie artist Aaron James is a bit of an anomaly, especially as an artist within the hip-hop oriented label Unapologetic. While his labelmates such as AWFM and Preauxx are known for their outlandishness and bravado, James has made a name with understated songs about heartbreak, anxiety, and loneliness. In his upcoming show “I Don’t Think About You Anymore” (his first since February of last year), it’s a safe bet that he will continue to explore these themes in a way that only he can, with a particular emphasis on the sense of anguish that we can all relate to during these uncertain times. In addition to playing some well-known tunes from his back catalogue, James will also be debuting several new tracks from his upcoming EP “Sunrise.”

Delta Rae, Frances Cone

8 p.m., Saturday December 4, Growler’s



Thanksgiving’s come and gone, with even Black Friday now a memory, and here we stand at the threshold of December, the days growing ever shorter as we slowly trudge towards Christmas. Distractions from the cold and dark are aplenty, thankfully, and Growler’s is your beacon through the late autumn fog on Saturday, as genre-dodging Durham favorites Delta Rae drop by, well-equipped with ample musical light for all of us to bask in. Their effortlessly-woven tapestry of close-harmony Americana and throwback country-rock has been beguiling listeners for over a decade now, and it’s well worth your time and dollars to come find out why. Nashville-via-Brooklyn indie-pop duo Frances Cone open, all rafters-shaking exuberance and enthusiastic cheer, so pencil in Growler’s to lift your own weary spirits on Saturday.

SheWolf Jones Benefit

3 p.m., Sunday December 5, Neil’s Music Room

Donations encouraged

When celebrated Hill Country Blues singer SheWolf Jones suffered a debilitating stroke in 2018, her promising career was cut tragically short and financial woes soon followed. Thankfully, the Memphis blues community is coming together for a star-studded benefit concert that aims to make her home wheelchair accessible. Performers include Memphissippi Sounds, the Reba Russell Band, Watermelon Slim, Kenny Brown, Garry Burnside, John Williams/A440, Ilana Katz Katz, and Dave Lambert, a murderers’ row of top-notch regional blues musicians. If there’s one thing we love more than an illustrious line-up of local musicians, it’s one assembled for a great cause.



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