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Southern Avenue - Fresh Air From Memphis

2017-05-21 10:41

Southern Avenue

Fresh Air In Memphis

While deeply rooted in the blues, the up-and-coming band – guitarist Ori Naftaly, vocalist Tierinii Jackson, drummer Tikyra Jackson and bassist Daniel McKee – explores soul, gospel, rock and even pop forms. Working with producer Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin) on what has been their debut full-length recording, the  album just scheduled on Stax Records in april 2017.

The band takes its name from a Memphis street that runs from the eastern-most part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville (the original home of Stax Records). It’s a fitting moniker for this diverse four-piece: two powerhouse sisters whose musical education came from the church (Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson), a jazz bassist (Daniel McKee) and an Israeli-born guitar virtuoso who grew up a student of the blues and funk (Ori Naftaly).

When Southern Avenue reached the finals at the 32nd International Blues Challenge, Naftaly and his bandmates knew they’ll be labeled "a blues band.” And they love the blues – but Naftaly says Southern Avenue is much more. "The genre brings diversity,” he says. "It brings together everything that came from the church and everything that came from popular music. It’s roots, Americana, soul and blues. It’s Memphis music.

Musicians :
Tierinni Jackson - vocals
Ori Naftaly - guitar
Tikyra Jackson - drums
Daniel McKee - bass
Jeremy Powell - keys

Tracklist :

01 - Don't Give Up
02 - What Did I Do?
03 - It's Gonna Be Alright
04 - Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
05 - Love Me Right
06 - 80 Miles From Memphis
07 - Wildflower
08 - No Time To Lose
09 - Rumble
10 - Peace Will Come






Southern Avenue

Live at Salermo Bar

Oosterhaut - The Netherlands

August 28, 2016