When I left the Delta Blues Alley Cafe, I walked across the street to Ground Zero Blues Club where the Final Touch Band was playing featuring Albert King Jr on bass, who claims to be the son of the late blues guitarist Albert King. The club wasn’t particularly crowded (which was unusual), and I had no problem finding a seat near the stage. After the first set was over and the band went on break, I left Ground Zero and walked back to Red’s Lounge on Sunflower Avenue at Fourth, where Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry was on stage performing. There wasn’t a huge crowd there either, but as Red’s was a smaller venue, the room seemed crowded by comparison. After Perry performed a few blues numbers, he invited up a local singer named Junebug to do a song, and then a fellow bluesman named Terry “Big T” Williams. The patrons were a good mix of local residents and out-of-town visitors, and the mood was jovial. Bill Perry came back up around 11 and played until midnight, when I left to make the long drive back to Memphis.
The Go DJ’s are Louisiana’s main DJ coalition, and DJ Phat should be familiar to anyone in the Grambling, Ruston and Monroe areas. Now they have released their first mixtape of the year, The Street Supplier, which features three segments, one mixed by DJ Phat, one by DJ J-Weezie and one by DJ Dat Boi. The mix features plenty of Louisiana artists from the familiar to the obscure, including Lil Cali, Boosie, Kevin Gates, 3 Feet and Juvenile. Download and enjoy!
On Thursday October 10, Memphis rap artist Young Dolph held a listening party at Ardent Recording Studios for his new mixtape South Memphis Kingpin. There was plenty of food and drink, and a good turnout, including legendary producer DJ Squeaky and up-and-coming Memphis rap artist Skool Boy. The South Memphis Kingpin mixtape can be downloaded here.
Memphis indie rocker Holly Cole has been fairly well-known in Memphis for several years, but this year has been the real break-out year for her latest venture, the trio with Jana Misener and Krista Wroten known as the Memphis Dawls. The Dawls, judging from their performance at the Levitt Shell for the Recording Academy shindig, bring a punk/indie sensibility to the kind of country/folk ethos that fueled Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. But there are tinges of jazz and soul as well, and appearance-wise, the trio cultivates a decidedly late-1940’s aesthetic. Certainly we’ve been hearing more about them this year, and from what I heard at the Shell, with good reason. All their recorded music can be mailordered by going to http://thememphisdawls.storenvy.com/, or it can be purchased for download at their Bandcamp site.
The Memphis rap group known as the Trap Mob is a regular feature at the Tate Street Block Party each year, which isn’t surprising, since one of its members Supa J is Lionheart’s younger brother. The group was founded in 2008, and so far has released only one album, entitled Get With It Or Get Lost. It can be downloaded here.
Code 6 is a New Orleans rap artist from Algiers on the West Bank, closely associated with the producer and DJ Ice Mike. Since this particular show was held on his home ground, the crowd was considerably enthused with his performance. Code 6 recently released his new album Gangsta Music which can be downloaded here.