The Side Street Steppers are a Memphis-based band whose repertoire consists mainly of music from the 1920’s and 1930’s, an era that has largely been forgotten. It is significant that Memphis’ first recording industry occurred during those years, in which record companies from the north rented rooms at the Peabody Hotel and recorded Black bluesmen and gospel choirs, country string bands and hillbilly musicians. This activity in Memphis continued until the Great Depression put a stop to the early independent record labels. Much of this kind of music finds its way into Side Street Steppers shows, and they are both accomplished musicians and fun to hear.
Memphis folk/country group Three Degrees performs on the Memphis Songwriters’ Assoication stage at the River Arts Festival in Memphis, 10/27/12
Memphis folk-rockers Bean (@Bean_Music) perform on the ArtsMemphis stage at the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, 9/1/12. Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/beanband/info, visit their website at http://beanmusic.bandcamp.com/ or follow them on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Bean_Music.
Last Sunday, the blues singer Redd Velvet and I headed down to Central Bar-B-Que in Midtown Memphis to check out an outdoor performance by Memphis folk/rock artist Nancy Apple and her band. It was great food, great fun and great music. 7/8/12