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 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]