- Southern Avenue with special guests the Mark Dufresne Band
- July 20, 8 p.m.
- Highway 99 Blues Club, Seattle
Tune in July 20 at 12 noon for a live performance by Southern Avenue on the Blue Plate Special, hosted by John Kessler.
Southern Avenue is a Memphis Street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. Some props for the band:
- #1 iTunes Blues Chart
- # 6 Billboard Blues Chart
- Top 10 on Living Blues Radio Chart
- Top 10 on Roots Music Report Blues Chart
- Top 5 on Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart
- Top 40 on Americana Radio Chart
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell.
The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, released in February 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as "Don't Give Up," "What Did I Do," "It's Gonna Be Alright," "Love Me Right" and "Wildflower." The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love."