Memphis guitarist Garry Goin is a fairly well-known figure in the local music scene, who often appears at Memphis Grizzlies games at Fed Ex Forum, or at the annual Stax to the Max Soulsville Festival at the Stax Museum in South Memphis. Memphis saxophonist Pat Register is also very well known around town, and when he and Goin came together, the result was a band called Dual Drive, whose debut album The Memphis Project was recently released on Memphis-based blues label Icehouse Records. The album celebrates the Memphis music legacy, with new smooth-jazz-leaning arrangements of classic Memphis soul songs like “Take Me To The River” and “Dock of the Bay”, and on Tuesday July 1st, Garry and Pat were at Spin Street Music in Memphis to play a few of the songs from the album and to sign copies of it for enthusiastic fans. The crowd that gathered included a lot of Memphis musicians and music industry people, from Johnny and Jeff Phillips of Select-O-Hits, to Jack Cooper from the University of Memphis, and drummer James Sexton, who played on the recording.
The long-awaited new collaboration between Nashville rap veterans Haystak and Jelly Roll drops tomorrow. Entitled Business As Usual, it is coming out on Haystak Entertainment and being distributed by Memphis-based Select-O-Hits Music Distribution. To get you ready for it, in addition to the authorized single leak above, here are some videos of Jelly Roll discussing the new album and of behind the scenes footage.
The panel I was a part of at A3C was called “Monetizing Your Message”, and it encompassed distribution, publishing, social media, marketing and more. I was one of two representatives of distribution companies, the other being a guy from Ingrooves/Fontana, and there was a filmmaker, a social media expert and more. Despite its fairly early start time, our panel was actually well attended, and there were lots of conference attendees out and about throughout the Melia Hotel.
Mobile, Alabama rap artist Sonny Bama shot the video for his most recent single “The Bottom” at Orange Beach on the first weekend in June. The song is taken from his debut album The Long Way Home which comes out nationally on June 25, distributed by Select-O-Hits Music Distribution. The full album is available for download on iTunes here.
Dallas alternative rap artist Dustin Cavazos will release his new album “In And Out of Sleep” through Music Access and Select-O-Hits on March 19, 2013. In the meanwhile, here’s a new video from the album to tantalize you and make you want the album. Enjoy!
Select-O-Hits’ trippy Christmas (at Select-O-Hits Music Distribution)
“Blackrock” was the name of an incredible band that appeared for a short time on the Memphis scene, first appearing it would seem at the 1970 Memphis Country Blues Festival at what was then the Overton Park Shell, sharing the line-up with artists such as Sid Selvidge, Electric Blue Watermelon, Furry Lewis and Bukka White. Formed by two session musicians from Stax Records and two session musicians from Hi Records, Blackrock recorded two incredible sides of a 45 single for the Select-O-Hits label in North Memphis. “Yeah Yeah” was an amazing slab of funk with a rock-hard foundation of drumming provided by Cornell McFadden, a sometimes session drummer for Stax who had recorded on albums by John KaSandra. The flip side, “Bad Cloud Overhead” was more dark and foreboding, with lyrics about the drug culture and “getting busted.” Both singles were edited out of a longer, continuous performance that had been recorded.
Although what in Memphis was called “Black rock” would later be called funk (and the Bar-Kays would name an album “Black Rock” later that same year of 1971), the single was perhaps ahead of its time, and generated little interest, at least until the 1990’s, when crate-digging DJ’s discovered the A-side “Yeah Yeah”. A crew of Memphis DJ’s known as Memphix included the song on an underground compilation of funk known as “Chains and Black Exhaust.” Soon after that, copies of the 45 began to sell on eBay for $35, then $60. When Select-O-Hits began the process of restoring the tapes recently, they discovered the existence of other songs besides the two that saw release in 1971. They provide a remarkable glimpse into the way that soul transformed into funk, at least in Memphis, Tennessee.
Purchase “Yeah, Yeah” on iTunes here:http://itunes.apple.com/album/blackrock-yeah-yeah-single/id560221632?v0=9989&ign-mpt=uo%3D1.
Purchase “Bad Cloud Overhead” on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/bad-cloud-overhead-single/id560228135?v0=9989&ign-mpt=uo%3D1.