Music in Memphis
|A Century of Blues in Memphis|
A Century of Blues in Memphis. "Memphis' role in nurturing the blues is undeniable. In the theaters, parks, and clubs of Beale Street; in its temporary recording units and legendary studios; in its airwaves shooting across the Delta; and in the careers of those born there and those who only stopped for a while, Memphis was the half way point where the country blues of the Delta first grew accustomed to the city. And when it moved on, catching a northbound train to Chicago and beyond, the precedent of the encounter would continue to reverberate in Memphis’ equally historic contributions to jazz, gospel, rockabilly, and soul." (See: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/25/arts/search-blues-its-roots-musing-genre-s-purity-fans-flock-mississippi.html)
Biographer Peter Guralnick discusses Elvis Presley and Memphis on American Routes.
The story of Sun Records as told by founder Sam Phillips to Terry Gross of WHYY and National Public Radio's Fresh Air.
Memphis musician and deejay Rufus Thomas talks about his career on American Routes.
Reverend Al Green recalls his singing career from soul to gospel.