Various Artists (from the album Memphis Rent Party available on Fat Possum Records)
Memphis, Tennessee and music have a long-standing relationship. Connected by the Music Highway with Middle Tennessee and Nashville, Memphis has been a boiling pot curator of Rock’n’Soul for several decades. Celebrating the musicians who have called the city home, Memphis Rent Party plays a soundtrack that pays homage to the home of the Blues, the birthplace of Rock’n’Roll, and a flashpoint for Soul music. The soundtrack is a companion piece to the sixth Robert Gordon book, Memphis Rent Party. With many of the tracks unreleased, Fat Possum Records spans time with tracks from a vast musical history, connecting the sounds as well as bloodlines with music from father and son Dickinson. Memphis Rent Party premiers “Chevrolet”, a pairing of Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars) and Sharde Thomas (granddaughter of Otha Turner) alongside Jim Dickinson with “I’d Love to Be a Hippie”, a rare track that, according to the label’s website, was recorded live at a mescaline-fueled blue moon hippie ceremony.
Two tracks on Memphis Rent Party come from cassette recordings that Robert Gordon made live on location. The album offers a listen to Junior Kimbrough (“All Night Long”), recorded in the Bluesman’s living room in the middle of a Mississippi cotton field and “Little Bluebird” by The Fieldstones, captured at the band’s longtime gig at Green’s Lounge, directly across from the Memphis Junkyard. Another living room session is on the album with a 1960 recording of Furry Lewis with “Why Don’t You Come Home” as Memphis Rent Party turns around the sadness of “Harbor Lights” in a rousing footstomper from Jerry Lee Lewis. Sun Records artist Jerry McGill opens Memphis Rent Party, recording outside the famed studio while on the run from the law, acquiring over 97 arrests from the Memphis P.D., and offering Guy Clark’s “Desperadoes Waiting on a Train”, backed by Mud Boy and the Neutrons. Calvin Newborn builds a Jazz melody line for “Frame for the Blues”, Tav Falco moans as The Panther Burns tango on a tune from their second gig with “Drop Your Mask”, and Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star, solo) delivers his take on “Johnny Too Bad”, bringing the soundtrack from The Harder They Come and a tune from Jimmy Cliff to Memphis Rent Party.
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