Three 6 Mafia vet Juicy J announces new star-studded solo album, signature cannabis strain

Three 6 Mafia vet Juicy J announces new star-studded solo album, signature cannabis strain

commercialappeal.com | Aug 5, 2020
Memphis Music Hall of Famer Juicy J has announced a new solo album. The Three 6 Mafia co-founder will release, “The Hustle Continues” on October 14th.
Eddie Floyd Brings the Memphis Soul Sound to Life in New Memoir

Eddie Floyd Brings the Memphis Soul Sound to Life in New Memoir

americanbluesscene.com | Jul 30, 2020
Singer Eddie Floyd wrote “Knock on Wood” with guitarist Steve Cropper at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in 1966, two years before Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in a second-floor room of the same motel. The song was originally slated for Otis Redding to record and became Stax’s third number one hit. It is the best […]

July playlist: Silver Linings

dailymemphian.com | Jul 30, 2020
The music of a moment doesn’t have to be literal. This month’s playlist isn’t a collection of songs about quarantine, though one does kick off the mix: Yo Gotti’s latest, “Recession Proof.” (One mill’, two mill’/Three mill’, four cribs/Ten cars, epidemic hit/That Corona s— left no jobs) If anything is helping me access joy right […]
Stax Music Academy to “Pump It Up” with Elvis Costello to Keep Music Flowing

Stax Music Academy to “Pump It Up” with Elvis Costello to Keep Music Flowing

memphisflyer.com | Jul 30, 2020
Of all the gems in the crown of the thriving Memphis music education scene, the Stax Music Academy (SMA) may shine the brightest, by virtue of its location right beside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Though it wasn’t yet in its current building, the music school opened 20 years ago at Stafford Elementary […]
The Stax Heritage: William Bell Honored by NEA

The Stax Heritage: William Bell Honored by NEA

memphisflyer.com | Jul 30, 2020
The legacy of Stax Records lives on. In the latest national recognition of a Stax-affiliated artist, William Bell, one of the first (and also one of the most recent) hit-makers for the soul label, was named a National Heritage Fellow last week by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts program.
Musicians earn tips on virtual concerts with Crosstown Arts platform

Musicians earn tips on virtual concerts with Crosstown Arts platform

dailymemphian.com | Jul 22, 2020
Crosstown Arts launched “Against the Grain,” a web-based platform that allows local musicians to release music in exchange for donations, to provide musicians like Crivens a new way to earn cash while connecting with fans.
‘Nobody Needs Nobody’: Oral history of Memphis’ enduring rap anthem

‘Nobody Needs Nobody’: Oral history of Memphis’ enduring rap anthem

dailymemphian.com | Jul 14, 2020
Atop the 30-year canon of Memphis’ contributions to hip-hop music, Playa Fly’s 1998 single “Nobody,” a sinister symphony of synth, has gone years with an appeal untarnished by time. Though dominant billing belongs to Fly, the song finds the South Memphis rapper trading verses with co-writer and neighbor Gangsta Blac and sharing the chorus with […]
The Pandemic And Protests Are Shaping The Way Independent Artists Release Music

The Pandemic And Protests Are Shaping The Way Independent Artists Release Music

forbes.com | Jul 9, 2020
The pandemic kept indie artists at home recording music, and now protests are inspiring creatives to make music for the streets. After witnessing the video of George Floyd’s last moments, bassist Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. created the soundtrack to his anguish.
Jody Stephens, Mike Mills Talk Big Star’s Legacy in ‘Memphis Masters’ Series

Jody Stephens, Mike Mills Talk Big Star’s Legacy in ‘Memphis Masters’ Series

rollingstone.com | Jul 1, 2020
The Memphis Masters is a limited video series by Craft Recordings, celebrating albums from the legendary Stax Records and its influence on Memphis. Previous episodes include the Staples Singers, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, the Bar-Kays and more.
Memphis songwriter releases timely new single ‘Black Man’

Memphis songwriter releases timely new single ‘Black Man’

wmcactionnews5.com | Jun 21, 2020
Memphis songwriter Brandon Lewis is making shockwaves around the world this Juneteenth. The protégé of Grammy Hall of Fame winner David Porter has released a timely single called “Black Man” that Porter says is getting press both nationally in America and overseas in Europe.