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Can you hear it? It's the beat you can only find halfway between Memphis' Beale Street and Nashville's Broadway. This is where Elvis cut his teeth with Carl Perkins and Rock-A-Billy was born. Blues music flowed throughout the cotton fields of the region and today's talent is an exciting cross between the numerous genres of the region.
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Take a look at West Tennessee native Carl Perkins and his friend Paul McCartney Documentary.
Ash Bowers is an all-around country music guy. He was originally lead vocalist of the group Forty5 South which released the album “We're Country So We Can” in 2003. In 2009, he introduced his solo career with the hit song “Stuck.” Shortly thereafter, he followed up with the singles “Ain't No Stopping Her Now” and “I Still Believe in That”. In January 2013, he released a fourth single, entitled “Red.”
Since 2009, Bowers has opened for country music legends Jason Aldean and Eric Church. He has co-produced with Noel Golden and Billy Decker. Randy House, Bucky Covington, and a score of independent artists have covered songs penned by Ash Bowers. He has also played in Guam, Japan, Korea, and Marshall Islands with Armed Forces Entertainment.
Country music is what Ash Bowers does. He has been quoted as saying, “… at the end of the day, all I’m asking for is – I just want to play music and feel like I’m writing great music and make a living doing it. That’s it.”
Get to know Ash Bowers and his music a little better at http://www.ashbowers.com, https://www.facebook.com/ashbowers, and https://twitter.com/ashwbowers.
Brian Moffit grew up on all genres of music –from Classic Country to Southern Rock to Rock-a-billy to Motown to R&B and Blues. Influences included Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Elvis Presley. At 14, he got his first guitar and learned to play by watching a cousin who was taking guitar lessons at the time.
When Brian Moffit was around 19, he started playing weekly up at Little David Wilkins Country Kitchen in Lexington along. He would play a few of his original songs, others sang and played along. Since those days he has opened for Country acts such as Trent Tomlinson, Daryle Singletary, Darryl Worley, Mickey Gilley, Gene Watson, Georgette Jones, Little David Wilkins, and W.S. Holland. He currently has several songs on Froggy 104 such as "Gasoline," "The Stone," and "Joanie." He still plays regularly around West Tennessee and embraces the opportunities to help organizations such as The Carl Perkins Prevention of Child Abuse Center, Relay for Life and Help for Holly Bobo benefits.
Moffit has always had a passion for music with a dream of making a living by doing what he loves – playing and singing. So far, he’s made that dream a reality.
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Carl Lee Perkins was born near Tiptonville, Tennessee in 1932. At 7, he began playing a guitar that his father had made from a cigar box, broomstick and baling wire. With inspirations from country music, gospel, and blues, he made appearances on WDXT radio in his hometown of Jackson, Tennessee from 1950 to 1952. Then in 1954, Carl signed a recording contract with Flip Records, a subsidiary of Sun in Memphis. His first release was Movie Magg. This was followed by other songs such as “Gone, Gone, Gone,” “Let The Juke Box Keep On Playing,” and “Blue Suede Shoes
An excellent guitar player, he made music in his own style, which was pure rockabilly. His songs “Honey Don't,” “Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby,” and “Matchbox” were covered by the Beatles. Latter day pop artists who acknowledged the influence of Carl Perkins include Rick Nelson, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Paul McCartney, who said "If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles." For his musical talents, Carl took his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Perkins was also a strong advocate for the prevention of child abuse. He worked with the Jackson Exchange Club to establish the first center for the prevention of child abuse in Tennessee.
Denise LaSalle is a seriously talented songwriter. Her soul-blues style has strong urban contemporary overtones at times. She writes funny songs full of sassy attitude, and it is an attitude she carries with her on-stage. Off-stage, LaSalle accommodates all autograph seekers and gladly obliges journalists and radio disc jockeys.
She continues to work as a live performer, particularly at festivals, and more recently has issued more gospel-tinged material. In 2011, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
Singer, songwriter, producer Denise LaSalle resides in Jackson, TN with her husband James E. Wolfe. Not only is Denise LaSalle expressive through her musical talent, she expresses great culinary talent in her restaurant “Blues Legend Café,” which is located at 436 E. Main Street, here in Jackson.
Jackson Plectral Society
The Plectral Society meets every Thursday night in the Casey Jones Village for open jam sessions. Come join us sometime as we carry on the tradition that is Oldtime String Music. This is a free event.
In the mid 1950’s there was a new music sound that was starting to be heard and would have an everlasting effect on the world of music. This music blended blues, gospel, and rock and roll that was being recorded in Memphis, and the country music that as coming out the Nashville all into one. The name give to this music was “Rockabilly.”
Jaxon Records Recording Studio is committed to preserving and catering to, not only the bevy of music talent from the Jackson community, but also to providing an excellent recording plant for singers and musicians from all over the world. Come record with us and feel that Jackson vibe.
Born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee, Lauren Pritchard began writing songs when she was 14 years old. She later moved to Los Angeles and lived with Lisa Marie Presley and tried to make it as a singer in a reggae band. She eventually succeeded as a musical actress, by originating and playing the role of the 15-year-old runaway "Ilse" in the hit Broadway show Spring Awakening for two years.
Pritchard later settled in the United Kingdom, and signed with Universal/Island Records. In August 2010 she released the single "Painkillers", and the song was also released in a remix with rapper Talib Kweli. Her debut album, Wasted in Jackson, was released in October 2010 and was also scheduled for physical release in the US in February 2011
To get a greater feel for this artist, follow her YouTube videos. Additional details on Lauren Pritchard can be found at http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/bio/lauren-pritchard/4843825.
Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame
Rockabilly is the term used to describe the unique combination of early rock and roll and hillbilly music which became popular in the early 50s thanks to acts like Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Bill Haley. The museum traces the history and highlights of rock-a-billy music and features memorabilia and photographs.
The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, Inc. and Museum is the brainchild of Henry Harrison of Jackson. Harrison felt it was appropriate for the museum to be in Jackson since the city is the hometown of rockabilly star Carl Perkins and is located between Memphis (home of rock & roll and blues) and Nashville (home of country and hillbilly music).
Sonny Boy Williamson
Sonny Boy Williamson, was born John Lee Curtis Williamson on March 30, 1914, in Jackson, Tennessee. He picked up the name Sonny Boy when he was only about 16 as he started to follow the Mississippi River north with his harmonica to seek a life as a musician. By his late teens, Williamson was touring with established musicians, playing what was called "country blues."
His first recording took place in 1937 with "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." This was an instant classic that was later covered numerous times by bands such as the Yardbirds and the Grateful Dead. Through to the late 1940s, Williamson continued to record such popular hits as "Sugar Mama Blues," "Hoodoo Hoodoo," "Blue Bird Blues," and "Shake the Boogie." His name spread like wildfire in the blues world.
His unrivaled harmonica playing and vocal skills were unique and instantly recognizable (due to a speech impediment). With this, Williamson churned out records that redefined the blues sound, cutting more than 120 tracks over the next 10 years. Songs such as "Decoration Blues," "Whiskey Headed Woman Blues," "T.B. Blues," "Tell Me Baby," and "Jivin' the Blues," went a long way to solidify his reputation and made him the most influential harmonica player of his generation.
His musical talents were cut short. At the age of 34, on June 1, 1948, he was robbed and murdered in Chicago, Illinois as he returned home from one of his musical sets. It is undeniable that he left behind a music legacy like no other.
Tina Turner was born on November 26, 1939 as Anna Mae Bullock. An early move to St. Louis, Missouri in the 1950’s introduced her to Ike Turner, a musician with whom she began to perform and record, and later married. In the early '60s, they became known as the Ike and Tina Turner Review, achieving popular acclaim for their powerful live performances and recordings.
Tina left Ike in the '70s, however, after enduring years of physical abuse. Following a slow start to her solo career, Turner achieved massive success with her 1984 album, “Private Dancer,” which sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Since that time, she has continued to top the pop music charts with subsequent recordings, has won countless awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has starred in several films.
Trash the Brand
Trash the Brand is a new music project from the stretch of I-40 known as the “Music Highway” between Memphis and Nashville, TN.
Blending styles and influences that range from Delta Blues to Country Gold to Hard Rock and Metal, Trash the Brand has developed a sound and style all their own. No other band on the radio sounds like these guys. The group is comprised of Scotty Austin of Parsons, TN on guitar and vocals; Scott Little of Jackson, TN on bass and vocals; and Steven Pulley on drums. The group refers to their dynamic sound as “Swamp Rock.” The influences behind the sound known as Swamp Rock are country music, heavy metal, rock & roll, blues, and raw attitude.
For a taste of their music, visit http://www.trashthebrand.com/ or http://www.reverbnation.com/trashthebrand/song/17683248-social-call.
Born in Jackson, TN and raised in Humboldt, TN, Valerie June has a sound of her own which she refers to as organic moonshine roots music. Her stylistic musical influences early in life came from gospel R&B, and soul music. She later incorporated the sounds of blues and Appalachian folk into her sound to make it what it is today. Not only is she an astounding vocalist, she’s also savvy with the guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar.
Valerie June moved to Memphis in her late teens and became part of the duo Bella Sun, but she never gave up on her solo career. As a solo artist, she was honored by the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission at the Emissaries of Memphis Music event in 2011. Shortly after this she formed collaborations with producers Kevin Augunas and John Forté, and artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, The Wanderings, and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
Check out her album “Pushing Against a Stone” on her webstie www.valeriejune.com, and find more about her on YouTube, Facebook (valeriejunemusic), and Twitter @thevaleriejune.