This week, we sit down with some special guests debate the Commercial Appeal’s list of Memphis’ 60 greatest soul songs. We also take an in-depth look at Memphis soul and funk icon Rufus Thomas and his equally talented children, Carla and Marvell. Finally, we take a trip back to The Crate to dissect Albert King’s 1967 masterpiece Born Under a Bad Sign.
This week on Memphis Musicology, we discuss the troubled yet astounding legacy of the psychedelic rock band Love, which was founded by Memphian Arthur Lee. We also sit down for a quick conversation with saxophonist Marqué Boyd about his monthly show “Trap Jazz."
S1E8: Tainted Love
This week, we talk about the brief yet enduring legacy of Jeff Buckley’s life and death in Memphis. We also take a look at Isaac Hayes seminal album ‘Hot Buttered Soul.
This month Sonosphere teams up with the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Musicology podcast to bring you 60 years of Royal Studios. We visit with co-owner and music producer Boo Mitchell on a tour of Royal Studios in South Memphis.
Royal turns 60 this year and in this episode we’ll reminisce with singer/songwriter Don Bryant on writing hit songs and singing with Willie Mitchell’s band; legendary recording artist Ann Peebles and the magical night behind her hit “I Can’t Stand the Rain;” Memphis musician Scott Bomar on Willie Mitchell’s legacy as teacher, producer and engineer of so many classic hits; and Amber Hamilton with the Memphis Music Initiative and the partnership they have with Royal to pass on its legacy to the future talent.
Come celebrate with Boo and the Mitchell family at the Levitt Shell on October 14th featuring local, regional and national artists and November 18th for the grand finale event at the Orpheum. For more information visit royalstudios.com
This week we talk to Zac Ives, the co-owner of Goner Records, who gives us his pro-tips for this year's Gonerfest. We also take an in-depth look into the Memphis Country Blues Festival, a culture-shifting showcase of Memphis talent that was held between 1966-1969.
On this episode, we take a deep dive into some of the biggest artists who helped shape and define Memphis rap in the 1990s, including DJ Spanish Fly, Tommy Wright III, and of course Three 6 Mafia. We also sit down with up-and-coming rapper Don Lifted who represents the exciting future of Memphis hip-hop.
In this episode, we talk about the enduring influence of Booker T. and the MGs, the integrated house band at Stax Records who did more to define the sound of Southern soul music than perhaps any other group in history.
S1E3: The Sultans of Soul
In this episode, we discuss some of the protest music and freedom songs from Memphis' past and present and reflect on the important role they have played in social movements for the past century.
S1E2: These Songs Of Freedom
On the first episode of Memphis Musicology, Ezra looks back into the strange past of legendary Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips!