Check this out–in tough times 5$ ain’t much to pay to see some great Memphis bands. In fact, this is even cheaper–free! Looks pretty kewl & features a whole bunch of great musicians & Friends of Shangri-la Projects–including our very own Tim Regan! Word is that it is debuting at South x Southwest this year, of which we will be attending & pimping our new releases by the Memphis Goons among other nice new listening surprises.
In the ya can’t keep a good man down dept., check out Stax’s Al Bell’s new website. Be sure to click on the Rufus Thomas video!!! Holy Smokes, Rufus is still the freakin’ best ever. I miss him more than any other Memphis musician who has died in the last fifteen years with the possible exception of Junior Kimbrough. Anyway, Rufus’ live show at Wattstax was the shiznitz–one of the two best ever (besides Sam & Dave live on ‘the ‘67 European tour!) Be sure to buy the dvd from the Stax Museum. Watch Rufus work that crowd!
Mad love to Bill Black, DJ Fontana, & especially Spooner Oldham for their inductions to the Rock & Roll Hall of Hame! Spooner not only is one of the greatest songwriters ever, but he showed up with Dan Penn at his in-store at Shangri-la Records a couple of years back and was the nicest guy in the world! I also enjoyed him touring with Neil Young back in 2000. Great show & good on ya, Spooner, for a lifetime of great tunes!