The Headhunters Still Grooving 50 Years Later

November 4, 2022
Marty Halpern

In the early 1970s, jazz legend Herbie Hancock wanted to shake up his musical output – he was determined to add a bigger chunk of funk to his sound. Changing styles, and the musicians playing them, was common back then; side projects have been the norm in the jazz world for decades.

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Mempho Music Festival delivers a national music festival with a local touch.

October 18, 2022
Slide & Banjo

Memphis is a city that just oozes soul. It drips from the pores of its residents and seeps out of the cracks in the sidewalks. There are few cities across the country with as rich a musical history as Memphis and the surrounding Mid-South area. From Elvis to BB King, the Bluff City’s global influence on musicians everywhere is undeniable.

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Ghost Light shines brighter than ever.

October 4, 2022
Marty Halpern

Photo: David Veltri

Ghost Light’s 2019 debut, “Best Kept Secrets,” instantly catapulted the band into the middle of the jam band scene. Technically a “debut” album, Ghost Light was the latest project of guitarist Tom Hamilton’s quarter century-plus musical career. The band, a reconfiguration of Hamilton’s American Babies, was met with overwhelming approval from the start.  

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Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, 9/1/22, Memphis

September 2, 2022
Josh Mintz

On September 1, Keller Williams teamed up with the Hillbenders to create Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass. They played to a packed Memphis crowd at the Overton Park Shell for a benefit for the Church Health Center, a medical clinic that benefits the underserved community. Here’s a glimpse at the action.

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Behind the scenes as Karina Rykman conquers Red Rocks and Bonnaroo

September 2, 2022
Marty Halpern

There are many unique concert venues across the United States. Some are known for their beauty. Some for their sound. Whichever way your musical ear bends, there is one stage that fans want to see musicians play on – Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

For bassist Karina Rykman, performing on the hallowed stage has been on her mind since age 15, when she committed to becoming a musician. On May 26, 2022, with only a handful of released singles under her musical belt, she crossed playing Red Rocks off her bucket list.

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Kenny Roby’s New Day comes to life

August 24, 2022
Marty Halpern

Like any musician in the business for over a quarter of a century, Kenny Roby has noticeable scars from his journeys. From his early 6 String Drag days through his solo career, he has battled demons. Addiction, friends dying, getting sober, staying sober…the usual list. While many have been derailed by these battles, Roby continues to emerge stronger than ever. His latest self-titled release, “Kenny Roby,” (Royal Potato Family) is a testament to his staying power. 

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Marcus King: Young Blood with an old soul

August 9, 2022
Jamie Russell

Marcus King; photo: Danny Clinch

If there was any doubt as to whether guitarist Marcus King has massive musical talent, there won’t be after people check out his latest album, “Young Blood.” The new release sees King reunited with producer Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) on a rocket-fueled journey through his personal struggles in a way only he can.  

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Marco mirrors McCartney with a little help from his friends

July 21, 2022
Marty Halpern

Marco Benevento’s musical influences are limitless. From psychedelia to jazz and everything in between, these references are easily identifiable throughout his musical resume. On his latest release, he threw these influencesˆa studio full of keyboards and other obscure instruments into the pot at once. The result, “Benevento,” is a genre-defying exploration caused by being home-bound during the Covid pandemic.

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