SXSW Day 5: Discussing Memphis Music and “Take Me To The River’ @ALKaponeMEM @MemphisMeansMusic


After a fairly late breakfast at Magnolia Cafe, I headed over to the Austin Convention Center to meet my friend Travis McFetridge, who had an afternoon panel. I was torn, because I wanted to see his panel, but I also wanted to attend the Memphis Music panel which Al Kapone was on, so I ended up going to the second one. This panel, held in conjunction with the Martin Shore film Take Me To The River, featured Al Kapone, Boo Mitchell, Cody Dickinson, Booker T. Jones, Frayser Boy, William Bell and Al Bell, and was sponsored by the Memphis Music Foundation. MY homeboy Miscellaneous was not on the panel, but was in the audience. Noted author Robert Gordon was the moderator.

Memphis Music Holiday Party at @MinglewoodHall @MemMeansMusic


On Tuesday December 16, the Memphis Music Foundation and the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy sponsored a Memphis Music Holiday Party at the 1884 Lounge of Minglewood Hall in Midtown. The event featured some great barbecue and desserts, as well as live music from the Steven Lee Trio featuring trumpeter Johnny Yancey and his son, drummer Nigel Yancey, and the Hill Country blues inflected rock band Turchi. Over a hundred people came to get in the festive spirit, including legendary producer Boo Mitchell and Elizabeth Montgomery of Ardent Records.

On October 1, the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy sponsored an event called Grammy GPS at the Stax Academy, while the Memphis Music Foundation sponsored the Plug In Memphis event next door at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Both events were well-attended. 

On October 1, the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy sponsored an event called Grammy GPS at the Stax Academy, while the Memphis Music Foundation sponsored the Plug In Memphis event next door at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Both events were well-attended. 

On October 1, the Memphis chapter of The Recording Academy sponsored an event called Grammy GPS at the Stax Academy, while the Memphis Music Foundation sponsored the Plug In Memphis event next door at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Both events were well-attended. 

On Friday September 30, 2011, Select-O-Hits Music Distribution and the Memphis Music Foundation sponsored a reception for the Plug In Memphis event at the Foundation offices in the South Main district. 

On Friday September 30, 2011, Select-O-Hits Music Distribution and the Memphis Music Foundation sponsored a reception for the Plug In Memphis event at the Foundation offices in the South Main district. 

On Friday September 30, 2011, Select-O-Hits Music Distribution and the Memphis Music Foundation sponsored a reception for the Plug In Memphis event at the Foundation offices in the South Main district.