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Lily 2013
Lily 2013
Lily 2013

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  • Hope Clayburn Puts a Spotlight on Meanwhile in Memphis

    Hope Clayborn

    You never know what kind of musical genius you’re going to happen upon on a Saturday night in Memphis. We ran into Hope Clayburn last week at The Cove playing to a packed house for a fund raiser for a local music documentary, Meanwhile in Memphis, which was directed by her Soul Scrimmage band mate Robert Allen Parker.  Clayburn is prominently featured in the documentary and the North Carolina native has come to see Memphis as her musical home.

    The Soul Scrimmage ensemble  has had a revolving cast of players over the years, the current line-up includes includes guitarist Robert Allen Parker Jr., bassistKhari Wynn, trumpet player Victor Darnell Sawyer and drummer Paul Taylor. The band is an eclectic mash-up of of jazz, R&B, reggae and Afro-pop, and they throw a dance party like you would not believe!

    Clayburn kicked off her musical career while attending college at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Her first band was called Baaba Seth and has been described as a “world beat-styled jam band” and is credited with turning Clayburn onto African music.


  • Jason “Hex” Freeman Prepares to Release First Solo Album, Hex & Hell


    Jason “Hex” Freeman has partnered with award-winning film director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Blacksnake Moan, Footloose) to release his debut album via Brewer’s BR2 Music Publishing. The ten-song LP is a menagerie of the swampy blues sound Freeman taught Samuel L. Jackson’s “God-fearing bluesman” character in Black Snake Moan It is available on iTunes where it is a “New & Noteworthy” and can be streamed in full on Spotfiy or on Kangaroo’s Soundcloud.   

    It’s surprising that there haven’t been more homegrown contemporary blues artists to spring forth in into the mainstream from Memphis in the last decade. The city is home to Beale Street, The Blues Foundation, and The Blues Hall of Fame, plus a plethora of musicians from ZZ Top to John Mayer have dropped in temporarily to soak up the bluesy soul of the city over the years. But there has yet to be a breakout local star to cast a shining light on the mid-south’s oldest musical tradition. That could change with the release of Hex & Hell.

    The album is a marriage of groove heavy blues and rock,  a note-perfect juke joint soundtrack created with the help of some of Memphis’ finest players, including Amy Lavere and Khari Wynn (Public Enemy) on bass, Adam Woodard (Harlan T. Bobo, Jack O., Star & Micey) on organ, Krista Wroten  (The Memphis Dawls) on violin, Jana Misner (The Memphis Dawls) on cello, Suzy Hendrix on sax, and Daniel Farris (The Coach and Four) on drums.


  • Paul Taylor: Memphis’ Own Prodigal Son

    Paul Taylor

    Multi-instrumentalist Paul Taylor is often regarded as one of the best musicians in Memphis. A sought after session player and solo musician, he’s dabbled in a little bit of everything over the years. Currently he is leading his own band The  Merry Mobile and on occasion filling in on drums with Hope Clayburn’s Soul Scrimmage.  He grew up the son of local musician Pat Taylor and has had music infused in his psyche since he was born.  He spent his teenage years hanging out with other second generation musicians like Steve Selvidge and Cody and Luther Dickinson, eventually forming DDT with the son’s of Jim.

    He also spent several years being a member of Amy LaVere‘s group (as featured on the MTV series $5 Cover), and playing with other local legends like Shelby Bryant, bloodthirsty lovers and Antenna Shoes.  He has released two solo albums, 2007′s Open/Closed aND 2009′s Share It!, on Makeshift Music.

    He spent the last few years touring with with worldwide acclaimed singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet, but his main focus these days is definitely The Merry Mobile. You can catch him live every Sunday night at The Buccaneer.