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“Memphis Musicology” is a podcast from the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum that explores everything from Hi Records to the Hi Tone. Tune in and learn about the past, present, and future of the greatest music city on earth and stay up-to-date on all of the best that the Bluff City has to offer.
||CleanS2E10: Newborn Blues||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we discuss the profound legacy left by Phineas Newborn Sr. and his two sons, Phineas Jr. and Calvin. Beginning in the 1940s, these men changed the face of Memphis music for decades and had direct ties to the blues, soul, and rock n roll revolutions that sprung out of Memphis in the ensuing years. We also take a trip to The Crate to explore one of the stranger albums we’ve ever covered on this show.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E9: Speechless||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we take a survey of some of the most dynamic and important instrumental tracks to come out of the Bluff City in the past 60 years, from early rockabilly numbers all the way up to modern hip-hop beats. We also head to The Crate to dissect Gimmer Nicholson’s 1968 instrumental masterpiece Christopher Idylls, an album that despite being unreleased for years still managed to deeply influence the music of Big Star and others.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E8: Furry & Sid||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we discuss the unique friendship that existed between blues legend Furry Lewis and folk singer Sid Selvidge, two musicians who navigated their vast differenced to forge one of the most storied partnerships in Memphis music history. We also head to The Crate to discuss Alex Chilton’s divisive solo album “Like Flies on Sherbert,” a messy, free-wheeling collection of songs whose merits are still debated to this day. SPONSOR: Subscribe to the FREE Choose 901 newsletter TODAY @ www.Choose901.com/OAM||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E7: The Halloween Spooktacular||On this very special bonus episode of Memphis Musicology, we survey some of the creepiest, coolest and corniest Halloween tunes to ever come out of the Bluff City, ranging from spooky country blues to over the top dance numbers and everything in between. Happy Halloween!||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E6: Give a Damn!||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we sit down with the Stax Museum’s Jane White to discuss the new exhibit “Give a Damn!” on display now at Crosstown Arts. The exhibit focuses on Stax’s late-era legacy of political activism, both through the label’s music and direct action, and shines a particular light on co-owner Al Bell who spearheaded the change. Following the interview, we survey some of the best songs from this particular era from artists like the Bar-Kays, Johnnie Taylor, and John Gary Williams.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E5: Mempho, MMHOF, & More||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we sit down with Diego Winegardner, the founder of Mempho Fest, to discuss this year’s festival and what guests can expect. We also survey the 7 newest inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, who will be officially inducted on November 1st. Finally, we dissect Eddie Floyd’s 1971 album Down to Earth, a fascinating pairing of rock and soul.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E4: Rip It to Shreds||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we take a look at the role that Memphis has played in the development of punk and all of its subgenres. From the distortion-heavy rockabilly of the 1950s, to the infamous Antenna Club of the 1980s, to contemporary bands like NOTS and Negro Terror today, we’ll explore the many bands, venues, and individuals who helped make Memphis an unlikely mecca of punk rock.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E3: Under Covers||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we survey some of the greatest Memphis-related cover songs of the past 60 years, from classics like the Talking Heads version of Al Green’s “Take Me to the River” to hidden gems like Reigning Sound’s version of “Rainy Weather.” We also say farewell to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and dissect her 1967 classic “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,” her breakthrough album and one of the most influential soul releases of all time.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E2: If These Wall Could Talk…||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we take a look at some of the most important and influential bars, clubs, saloons, and speakeasies in Memphis music history, from the cigar counter on Beale St. where W.C. Handy composed “The Memphis Blues” to the brothel where the Rolling Stones were inspired to write “Brown Sugar.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E1: Style & Design||In this episode of Memphis Musicology, we explore the life of Style Wooten, an enigmatic and eccentric record label owner who specialized in vanity recordings. Although Style ran upwards of six labels at a time, his gospel label Designer has come to define his legacy. Uninhibited, authentic, and deeply soulful, the music of Designer Records is a window into a bygone era of Southern gospel and a further testament to the fact that some of the best music is buried deep underground.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E20: Ruffled Feathers||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we explore the strange and perplexing life of Charlie Feathers, a rockabilly pioneer whose penchant for telling tall-tales was the only thing bigger than his sound. We also head to The Crate to discuss The White Stripe’s 2001 breakthrough album “White Blood Cells” which was recorded right here at Memphis’ Easley-McCain Studio.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E19: DOUBLE DYNAMITE||On this episode of Memphis Musicology we sit down and talk to Christian and Christopher Underwood, the twin brothers behind the soul and R&B duo The PRVLG, about their single “What You’re Missing” and their upcoming album. We also take a deep dive into the triumphant yet tragic story of the original dynamic duo of soul, Sam and Dave, who gave us the iconic hit songs “Hold On, I’m Comin’” and “Soul Man.”||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E18: Memphis Jug Band||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we go back to the early 20th Century to a time when jug bands were the kings of the city’s party scene. Despite heavy competition, no other jug band was as popular or influential as Will Shade’s Memphis Jug Band, who were a favorite of high and low society alike. We also head to The Crate to dissect Al Green’s 1977 genre-bending classic The Belle Album.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E17: Enfant Terrible||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we explore the brief yet amazing life of James Lee Lindsey Jr., better known by the stage name Jay Reatard. Before his untimely death in 2010, Jay was a blazing force in the worlds of punk and garage rock who left behind a legacy of crass genius that won’t soon be matched. We also discuss musician Pat Hare, the man whose blistering and heavily distorted guitar playing from the 1950s helped to lay the groundwork for heavy metal.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E16: Buried Gold||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we explore the history of Goldwax Records, the largely forgotten soul label that was the home to deep soul legends like James Carr, O.V. Wright, and Spencer Wiggins. We also head over to The Crate to dissect the obscure yet influential 1973 concept album “Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth” from the Stax Records group 24-Carat Black.||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E15: The British Are Coming!||This week on Memphis Musicology, we discuss the symbiotic relationship that existed between Memphis and British musicians during the 1950s, ‘60s, and beyond. We begin with an in-depth look at The Beatles’ deep connection to the Bluff City, including their plan to record an album here, before heading to The Crate to dissect British soul singer Dusty Springfield’s seminal blue-eyed soul album “Dusty in Memphis.||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E14: Why the Caged Bird Sings||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we go behind bars to explore the surprisingly long history of music created in and about prisons. We begin with an exploration of The Prisonaires, a doo-wop prison quintet who made waves during the 1950s, before heading to The Crate to dissect Johnny Cash's iconic 1968 live album "At Folsom Prison.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E13: Memphis Belles II 1960-1980||This week on Memphis Musicology, we sit down with Music Export Memphis founder Elizabeth Cawein to discuss the many ways that MEM is working to showcase Memphis musicians outside the city while simultaneously bolstering the city’s brand. We also take a look at several women from Memphis’ “golden age” and explore how they helped to shape the city’s musical legacy, sometimes decades after their careers officially ended.||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E12: Tribute to a King||In honor of MLK Day and the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, we take a look at the special role that music played in Dr. King’s life and how it informed his worldview and his work during the Civil Rights Movement. We also review how Dr. King’s tragic death affected musicians and their art, particularly here in Memphis.||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E11: Memphis Belles: 1900-1960||This week on Memphis Musicology, we explore the invaluable role that Memphis women played in developing, refining, and crafting the earliest forms of American music. Through the stories of Memphis Minnie, Lil’ Hardin Armstrong, and Kay Starr, we’ll so how these women challenges the status quo and inspired generations of future musicians of every gender.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E10: The Memphis Musicology Holiday Extravaganza||On this episode of Memphis Musicology, we survey some of the greatest holiday tunes to ever come out of the Bluff City, from John Lee Hooker to Reigning Sound. We also sit down with the founders of the Memphis Music Mansion, Kate Hackett and Bill Myers, to discuss what has become one of the hottest concert series in Memphis. Finally, we talk to Hunter Thompson of the band Detriment about their upcoming reunion show with Zigadoo Moneyclips||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E9: The First Family of Funk||This week, we sit down with some special guests debate the Commercial Appeal’s list of Memphis’ 60 greatest soul songs. We also take an in-depth look at Memphis soul and funk icon Rufus Thomas and his equally talented children, Carla and Marvell. Finally, we take a trip back to The Crate to dissect Albert King’s 1967 masterpiece Born Under a Bad Sign.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E8: Tainted Love||This week on Memphis Musicology, we discuss the troubled yet astounding legacy of the psychedelic rock band Love, which was founded by Memphian Arthur Lee. We also sit down for a quick conversation with saxophonist Marqué Boyd about his monthly show “Trap Jazz."||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E7: Mystery White Boy||This week, we talk about the brief yet enduring legacy of Jeff Buckley’s life and death in Memphis. We also take a look at Isaac Hayes seminal album ‘Hot Buttered Soul.||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E6: Sonosphere special "Sixty Soulful Years"||via https://sonospherepodcast.com/2017/09/29/sixty-soulful-years-the-story-of-royal-studios/ This month Sonosphere teams up with the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Memphis Musicology podcast to bring you 60 years of Royal Studios. We visit with co-owner and music producer Boo Mitchell on a tour of Royal Studios in South Memphis. Royal turns 60 this year and in this episode we’ll reminisce with singer/songwriter Don Bryant on writing hit songs and singing with Willie Mitchell’s band; legendary recording artist Ann Peebles and the magical night behind her hit “I Can’t Stand the Rain;” Memphis musician Scott Bomar on Willie Mitchell’s legacy as teacher, producer and engineer of so many classic hits; and Amber Hamilton with the Memphis Music Initiative and the partnership they have with Royal to pass on its legacy to the future talent. Come celebrate with Boo and the Mitchell family at the Levitt Shell on October 14th featuring local, regional and national artists and November 18th for the grand finale event at the Orpheum. For more information visit royalstudios.com||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E5: The Best of the Fests||This week we talk to Zac Ives, the co-owner of Goner Records, who gives us his pro-tips for this year's Gonerfest. We also take an in-depth look into the Memphis Country Blues Festival, a culture-shifting showcase of Memphis talent that was held between 1966-1969.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E4: Tear Da Club Up Vol. 1||On this episode, we take a deep dive into some of the biggest artists who helped shape and define Memphis rap in the 1990s, including DJ Spanish Fly, Tommy Wright III, and of course Three 6 Mafia. We also sit down with up-and-coming rapper Don Lifted who represents the exciting future of Memphis hip-hop.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E3: The Sultans of Soul||In this episode, we talk about the enduring influence of Booker T. and the MGs, the integrated house band at Stax Records who did more to define the sound of Southern soul music than perhaps any other group in history.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E2: These Songs Of Freedom||In this episode, we discuss some of the protest music and freedom songs from Memphis' past and present and reflect on the important role they have played in social movements for the past century.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E1: “Tell 'em Phillips sentcha!”||On the first episode of Memphis Musicology, Ezra looks back into the strange past of legendary Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips!||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Entertaining and educational
I live in Memphis. I listen to music.
Still, on every episode I learn something new from Ezra, sometimes something incredibly entertaining
After almost every episode I wind up looking up something I learned and wind up down a musical rabbit hole I didn’t know existed.
Smooth and Easy Listening
Interesting and really easy to listen to. It’s the right mix of information and music. Enjoy learning more about Memphis Music!
This is a really great show. I’m only a couple episodes into it but it seems to cover lots of genres, artists, and history of Memphis music. You’ll hear the about the people you’d expect, and a ton more. Give it a listen if you’re into music, I think you’ll like it.