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by Memphis the Band

Pick a sound such as rock, folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly and psychedelic; take the energy of those genres; focus them into musical harmonies, and you get undiminished soul of Memphis the Band.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stretched Out For Miles
3:47 $0.99
2. Dead Man's Curve
5:57 $0.99
3. Ballad of Whatever
3:46 $0.99
4. Down
5:45 $0.99
5. $12 Madness
3:31 $0.99
6. Never
5:19 $0.99
7. July Third
3:52 $0.99
8. Sleeping Pills
2:30 $0.99
9. I Feel Bad
3:57 $0.99
10. The Island
3:36 $0.99
11. The Ways
6:23 $0.99
12. Wasted
1:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
February 15, 2007

Memphis the Band, Radio (Independent)
Scott Morgan, lead singer of Memphis the Band, has a voice pitched somewhere between the southern-rock inflection of Black Crows front man Chris Robinson and the R&B swagger of Mick Jagger. But once you’ve got used to this, the spit-and-sawdust roots-flavoured garage rock that the five-piece have been honing since their inception in 1998 starts to whip up a storm. In fact, the group’s fourth album sounds like one hell of a Saturday night at their local juke-joint down in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Just listen to Morgan’s scuzzy blues guitar and the bombastic drums of Jeremy Thompson (he also produces here), pushed to the fore on opener “Stretched Out For Miles”, or Pete Lucey’s ‘60s retro organ fused with Ryan Davis’s fat bass guitar riffs on the smokey funk grooves of “Dead Man’s Curve” and you can almost see the crowd cutting loose. Things do tend to slow down some when Morgan’s wife Shannon steps up to the mic and provides swooning backing vocals to a handful of country twangers. But overall, these guys are an energetic party band who, while only sporadically engaging on record, remain a mouthwatering proposition live. [PopShop, Amazon, Amazon UK]

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The Daily Tar Heel
February 1, 2007
Memphis the Band - Radio (self-released)

Though the sound of Memphis the Band has a distinct rock edge that comes through in the rough-hewn guitar, energetic drum fills and Hammond B3 organ parts, the overall feel is still undeniably twangy.

Scott Morgan's smoke-and-whiskey voice spins the story of a fallen soldier on "The Ballad of Whatever" over a roadhouse backbeat and wails on "Sleeping Pills" in a way that brings visions of Bob Dylan to the head of the listener.

The full sound of the band works to create parts that play amongst themselves and propel the lyrics to the fore. And fortunately for Memphis the Band, most of the lyrics ain't half bad.

Granted, despite some vocal similarities, these are not songs penned by Dylan or Willie Nelson, but they still convey stories and emotions clearly and convincingly.

-Bryan Reed

"What do you get when you mix heroes of Chapel Hill rock, Southern charm, and big old American cars? Memphis the Band - Derek Stills, Praxis Magazine

"Memphis takes me home to the Southland I knew when I was young, then Memphis takes me places I've never seen, not in my waking hours anyway." - Billy Jones, Idle Hands Magazine

"Jim Morrison and The Doors meet Austin, TX." - John Pisciotta, President, Paradiso Music



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