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Marcella Simien’s parents say she was a restless creative from the start. As a child she captured daydreams in her journals, weaving pages into song, filling the spaces with accordion and piano. By the time she was a teen, Marcella was joining her father (a multiple, Grammy award-winning Cajun and Zydeco artist) on the road and stage on a regular basis. Marcella eventually moved to Memphis to attend art school and Memphians knew right away that we’d lucked up. We know soul around here and Marcella is the genuine article.

Serendipitously joining Marcella on the Wurlitzer piano in this performance is Spooner Oldham. Spooner is an icon of American music, having written many of soul music’s greatest hits and performing on countless others – including this song, I’d Rather Go Blind, originally recorded by Etta James in 1968. Spooner called Memphis home in the 60’s and was one of the principal forces behind American Studios’ legendary run at the top of the charts.…

The P&H Cafe is a rite of passage for Memphis artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians, and comedians. It’s like a grittier Les Deux Magot for Memphians, if Les Deux served pitchers of domestic beer and unbelievably good patty melts. For multiple generations the P and H has provided an indispensable watering hole, a stage, a meeting place, and a home away from home for the Poor and Hungry of the Memphis scene. 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.


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