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Don Bryant is Memphis music personified. Steeped in the musical traditions of the church and street corner jams in South Memphis neighborhoods. Fronting vocal groups for WLOK broadcasts as a child. As a teen, the musical phenom was the frontman for Willie Mitchell’s band at night and he wrote hit songs for Mitchell at Royal Studios during the day. One of those hits, 1973’s “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” he co-wrote with Hi Records’ newest signee, Ann Peebles. The duo married the following year and Don’s career as an artist took a backseat to behind-the-scenes production work and to supporting his wife’s burgeoning career. But, he never stopped singing and, in 2017, he took to the studio and crafted his first record in almost 50 years, Don’t Give Up On Love.
Memphis’ music reputation was built on blues long before gospel or soul, so it’s no surprise that real-deal blues is still the thing in neighborhood joints throughout the Memphis area. Perhaps the most well known of these nightspots is Wild Bill’s, a long standing, North Memphis institution on Vollintine Avenue that’s been serving up hot music and cold, 40 oz. beers for 30 years. Some of the South’s biggest blues artists have cut their teeth within these walls. Wild Bill’s is a must for anyone looking for an authentic, Memphis blues experience.
Director – Christian Walker
Produced by Waheed AlQawasmi “WA Films”
Cinematographer – Jordan Danelz
Camera Operator/Editor – Jared B. Callan
Special thanks to Pigeon Roost Collaborative and Inherent Media.