BSC is proud to expand its mission and introduce I Listen To Memphis – a new weekly video series filmed in culturally relevant spaces. I Listen to Memphis is about Memphis music today, the musicians who make it, and the places and culture that fuel it. We are here to inform, inspire, and share the best of Memphis music.
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The Memphis sound is warm and abiding. There’s a jump in the rhythms, a slyness to the lyrics, and a sweetness to the tones that you can’t find anywhere else. Motel Mirrors reach back in time to the height of Sam Phillip’s powers at Sun Records and they carry these qualities forward into the modern day, treating rockabilly, country, swing, and other genres as parts of a whole. Three of the city’s most beloved solo artists, Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, and Will Sexton, as formidable as they are on their own, come together out of a mutual devotion to timeless song craft and genuine, spirited performance. The results are stunning and can be heard on their brand new release, In The Meantime, recorded and mixed to analog tape at Scott Bomar’s Electraphonic Studios.
Galloway House, a former United Methodist church, sits near the intersection of Cooper and Young, projecting serenity into the heart of an ever-changing midtown Memphis. For well over a century, the space has served the Cooper-Young community and ministered to the spiritual needs of thousands of Memphians. It seems every neighborhood in Memphis has played a pivotal role in the history of music and this spot is no different. On a cold December day in 1954, neighborhood musicians J.R. Cash, Marshall Grant, and Luther Perkins came to Galloway and performed for a church fundraiser. It was Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two’s very first public performance. Within months, they were signed to Sun Records and the single “Cry! Cry! Cry!” was climbing the charts.
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.