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Memphis Flyer

Memphis Flyer

The Memphis Flyer, first published in 1989, is a free weekly alternative newspaper serving the greater Memphis, Tennessee area.

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MTV's Unconventional Amp Takes A Stab At Reinventing Popular Music for the 21st century

Report by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, 27 March 1997

SO YOU'VE HEARD about this new craze that's all the rage with the kids. Although it has yet to produce its first teen idol, 'electronica' ...

Alan Lomax: Outstanding In His Field

Profile by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, 24 July 1997

I AM AN American citizen," he muttered, glaring around. "These Memphis cops call me vagrant, but I'm a musician. These Southern laws don't recognize a ...

Fleetwood Mac Won't Stop

Comment by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, 12 November 1997

IN THE SUMMER of '95, Fleetwood Mac found themselves slogging across the country on a dismal rock-and-roll revival tour, sandwiched between (God help them) REO ...

Isaac Hayes: Who Is the Man? Isaac Hayes

Interview by Matt Hanks, Memphis Flyer, 9 March 1998

IT'S 11:30 A.M. in New York City, nearly lunchtime for most people, but Isaac Hayes sounds like he just rolled out of bed. At first, ...

Andre Williams: Bait and Switch (Norton)

Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 24 August 2001

R & B LEGEND Andre Williams first achieved acclaim the mid-'50s on Detroit's Fortune Records with classics like 'Bacon Fat' and 'Jail Bait' on which ...

Robert Randolph: Sacred Steel… Live

Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 11 October 2001

Pedal-steel guitar virtuoso Robert Randolph delivers The Word at B.B. King’s. ...

Ryan Adams: Gold

Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 1 November 2001

I FELL IN LOVE with Ryan Adams the moment I first heard his voice. It was in the early fall of ‘97 and I was ...

Roots-Music Renegades: Fat Possum Records

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, December 2001

With artists Robert Belfour, T-Model Ford, and Hasil Adkins, Fat Possum Records captures the last gasps of a dying art. ...

Lazy Lester: Blues Stop Knockin’

Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 24 January 2002

ONE OF THE LAST of that great fraternity of Excello bluesmen – and a throwback to the days when harp-blowers like Little Walter Jacobs, Jimy ...

Gillian Welch: Revival: Gillian Welch

Profile and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 18 March 2004

Roots renegade Gillian Welch tries to resuscitate classic rock with a two-person band. It worked for the White Stripes. ...

Hi Rhythm, Willie Mitchell: Hi Rhythm: Love and Happiness

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 2 July 2004

Hi Rhythm, Memphis' other soul house band, made music into a family affair ...

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet: The Third Rail of Rock & Roll : Paying Respect To The Greatest Of Gospel Groups

Retrospective by Tom Graves, Memphis Flyer, 2 July 2004

Note: The following article of mine appeared in the July 2 special issue of the Memphis Flyer that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the birth ...

Alvin Youngbood Hart: Alvin Youngblood Hart: His Way

Profile and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 20 July 2005

Ignoring the "blues Nazis", Alvin Youngblood Hart patches rock, blues, and country into a musical crazy quilt. ...

Cat Power: Silence and Soul

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 10 February 2006

With an all-star Memphis band, Chan Marshall lets her music do the talking. ...

Annie Leibowitz: Captured the Magic

Review by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 1 June 2006

Annie Leibovitz's American Music at the Brooks. ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: Love Story

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 17 August 2006

Psychedelic-rock legend ARTHUR LEE began and ended his life in Memphis. In between was quite a journey. ...

Tony Joe White: Just Like Fonzie

Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 14 September 2006

Nearly 40 years into his music career, Tony Joe White still feels cool. ...

Bettye LaVette: Betty Lavette: On the Comeback Trail

Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 28 September 2006

Soul singer Bettye LaVette on the path from obscurity to sensation. ...

Frank Black: Open Your Minds

Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 5 October 2006

The good news and the bad news, according to Frank Black ...

Big Star, Alex Chilton, Jim Dickinson: 40 Years of Ardent

Retrospective and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 26 October 2006

The little recording studio on Madison has played a big part in Memphis music history. ...

Joe Boyd: The Music Man

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 15 February 2007

Legendary producer Joe Boyd hits Memphis. ...

Blue Mountain: Back to Blue Mountain

Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 30 August 2007

WAS 1993 REALLY so long ago? It seems like almost yesterday when Oxford, Mississippi's Blue Mountain arrived on the alt-country scene. With songs such as ...

Speaking Of Dying: R.I.P. Vibe

Comment by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 2 July 2009

A MERE three years after purchasing the 16-year old Vibe magazine from founder Quincy Jones, the Wicks Group pulled the plug this week, dumping the hip-hop publication on the top ...

Chris Bell, Big Star: Big Star Boxed Up

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 10 September 2009

Big Star is celebrated with a lavish musical "scrapbook." ...

Big Star: Behind the Scenes of the Big Star Box Set

Report and Interview by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 15 September 2009

DURING HIS seven-year career at Ardent Studios, 34-year old engineer Adam Hill has worked with the White Stripes, Cat Power, George Thorogood, Montgomery Gentry and the Raconteurs. One ...

Al Green, Willie Mitchell: Sunset Serenade: Saying Goodbye to Memphis Music Legend Willie Mitchell

Obituary by Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer, 14 January 2010

AT 7:25 A.M. ON Tuesday, January 5th, 81-year-old producer "Poppa" Willie Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital. An entire chunk of local music history died with ...

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