The Latest: Oct. 24

From folk to hip-hop to Halloween novelty tunes, it’s been another banner week in Memphis music. As always, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest national stories from the past seven days in one spot for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Folk Alliance conference to honor Memphis

The Folk Alliance International will honor Memphis as its inaugural “City of Honor”as part of its 35th annual conference set for Feb. 1-5 in Kansas City, Missouri. Launched in 1989, the Folk Alliance has historic ties to Memphis as the organization was based in the city for seven years, holding its annual festivities Downtown between 2007 and 2014. Confirmed Memphis artists who will perform at the 2023 Folk Alliance conference include roots-pop vocalist Amy LaVere, Americana artist Talibah Safiya, singer-songwriter Bailey Bigger, Delta blues/hop-hop alchemist Yella P of Memphissippi Sounds and fiddler Alice Hasen & The Blaze. Singer Valerie June, a West Tennessee native and former Memphian, will serve as keynote presenter. To learn more, check out this article from the Commercial Appeal.

“Sivad Buries Rock n’ Roll” Reissued

Between 1962 and ’72, Memphian Watson Davis portrayed the ghoulish vampire character Sivad on the TV show “Fantastic Features,” which regularly aired horror and sci-fi B-movies. The popular “monster of ceremonies” also released a novelty track called “Sivad Buries Rock n’ Roll,” which was a regional hit. Now, for the first time in nearly 60 years, the single has been rereleased by Black & Wyatt Records, complete with new cover art and write-ups from several locals who knew him best. To learn more and/or to purchase the single, head here!

Drumma Boy says Memphis was hip-hop’s mecca before Atlanta

In a new piece from Yahoo!, Memphis super producer Drumma Boy makes the argument that Memphis is posed to retake the hip-hop crown from Atlanta. We been the hip-hop mecca. The only difference is we don’t have unification,” Drumma Boy said. Considering the ongoing dominance of artists such as Moneybagg Yo, Glorilla, and NLE Choppa, it’s a hard argument to deny. You can read the whole article here.

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