Tuesday, September 1st was supposed to be a day of celebration in Memphis, Tennessee. Vandals hit Graceland, the city-owned nonprofit Levitt Shell music venue already struggling after being shut down to performances due to COVID-19, and the “I (Heart) Memphis” mural.
Dale Watson celebrated Elvis Presley’s 85th birthday in style at his brand new historic honky-tonk Harnando’s Hide-A-Way in Memphis. Hernando’s got a big endorsement on Wednesday when none other than Priscilla Presley stopped by to see what Dale has done to the legendary spot.
Johnny Cash and his imposing figure will now forever be standing at the foot of 999 S. Cooper Street in his second hometown of Memphis, Tennessee after a new bronze statue in black patina was just unveiled at the location. Based off a 1962 portrait of Cash by photographer Leigh Wiener, the statue honor’s Johnny’s first public performance.
From his important work with the throwback country outfit BR549, to his long and productive solo career, to numerous causes and enterprises behind-the-scenes few catch wind of, Chuck Mead has on the front lines of helping to save country music for a quarter century. On June 28th, the country throwback will release his fourth album.
Dale Watson was the face of the music scene, and not just in country and roots. Whenever there was a charity function involving music, a car dealership opening, or just about anything having to do with the city, Dale Watson seemed to be there. He was Austin’s music’s mascot.
In a few recent interviews, Justin Townes Earle has let slide some tidbits about big plans for the upcoming year. It was just announced today that he would be playing The Nelsonville Music Festival in the middle of May, and Bonnaroo in June, but sometime afterward he will be heading to the old continent to make some new music inspired by Memphis.