The Latest | February 28

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine understandably dominating the headlines this week, it’s been hard to focus on news stories from our own backyard. That said, we’ve rounded up some of the best (and most uplifting) Memphis music stories from the past few days to help you catch up.

Memphis Songbird Valerie June Profiled in Style Blueprint

This week, Style Blueprint interviewed local Americana superstar Valerie June about her new album, “The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers,” and the release of her first book, “Maps for the Modern World”, which showcases her art, poetry, and other creative works. The always charming artist opens up about her upbringing, the inspiration for her music, her unique style, and much more. As we prepare to kick-off Women’s Music Month, the timing couldn’t have been any better.

The Orpheum Releases Next Season’s Line-up

While Memphis is lucky to have a plethora of great live music venues, the Orpheum is amongst the best when it comes to hosting marquee names and top-notch stage productions. This week, they released their full slate of 2023 shows, which you can check out here. Some of our personal highlights include the soul music-focused productions “TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” and “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations.”  While you patiently wait for next year’s exciting line-up of shows, don’t forget that there are plenty of great options just around the corner. You can see the Orpheum’s 2022 line-up here.

Celebrated Singer-Songwriter Mark Edgar Stuart Releases New Album “Until We Meet Again”

It goes without saying that Memphis has always produced more than its fair share of excellent songwriters, from David Porter and Isaac Hayes to Chris Bell and Alex Chilton. That tradition continues today and Mark Edgar Stuart is undoubtedly at the vanguard. This week, he released his much-anticipated album “Until We Meet Again,” which he calls a quasi-concept album about love, life, and afterlife. You can check out the album now and then see him perform all of the new songs live in The Green Room at Crosstown Arts on March 4th.

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