The directorial debut of Drew DeNicola, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me will screen as an Official Selection as a work-in-progress at SXSW at the Paramount Theater on March 15th (exact time TBD) with an all-star tribute show to Big Star’s influential Third album to follow the sneak preview of the film.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few.
With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews, and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a story of artistic and musical salvation.
16 Over 48: The International Blues Challenge Sessions is a series of 2 hour recording sessions over a period of 48 hours at Ardent Studios. The hope is to be able to give musicians attending the International Blues Challenge the tools to bring out their inner recording artists on state-of-the-art gear at a fraction of the normal cost.
Here’s how it works: Over a 48 hour period, the 16 IBC acts booked need only bring instruments and voices to cut in a ready-to-go environment at Ardent. Participants will record in their newly renovated Studio C, with very little setup required. They’ll have everything you need to make a professionally produced recording, including a backline of drums, guitar and bass amps, piano and organ—all setup and ready to track through their new SSL Duality console with Spectra Sonic preamps.
Keep in mind that instruments cannot be provided, just the amplification – so don’t forget the harp! They’ll have a set of cymbals and a kick pedal, but drummers are encouraged to bring their own in order to get the best out of their time here.
Hey Memphis! If you are not totally sick of Christmas already, then do we have the show for you! Some of the cities’ premiere singer / songwriters are getting together to play some songs at Otherlands TONIGHT and you are invited.
First up is Jeremy Scott of Reigning Sound / Burning Sands fame, then our very own TVD contributor Chris Milam will serenade you, and the night will be finished off by The Memphis Dawls featuring three of our favorite ladies: Holly Cole, Krista Wroten, and Jana Misener.
We were really excited to welcome young up-and-comers Kids These Days to Ardent Studios this afternoon. The 7 piece band met while still in high school and have been making music together now for close to two years.
KTP, as they call themselves, blend soul, funk and hip hop to make smooth melodies that make you want to sway along to the rhythms – but they’re keeping their options open when it comes to defining the genre of music they play. Influenced by everything from jazz to indie rock like The Pixies, they are definitely ardently trying to defy definition and make their own way through the mass musical landscape.
Take a listen to our podcast to hear some laid back versions of their songs – and then go see them at Minglewood Hall tonight to hear the uptempo versions!
The Dirty Streets stopped by Ardent Studios to give us a taste of their new album Movements before what is expected to be a sellout CD release show at The Hi-Tone tonight in Memphis.
We knew the band’s reputation proceeded them as the engineers at the studio basically clamored among themselves to get the opportunity to record the session. Adam Hill, one of our senior engineers, took the honors and also took the opportunity to record the podcast to tape because, in his own words, ‘Why wouldn’t you?’
We were super excited to have our really good friends The Memphis Dawls stop by Ardent Studios today to record an episode of The Warm Up. We’ve been following these ladies’ musical careers for the last half decade and are thrilled about this new incarnation.
You may know Holly Cole from her other project, Holly and the Heathens, Krista Wroten as the violin player in Amy Lavere‘s backing band, and Jana Misener from Giant Bear. And if you live in Memphis and don’t recognize Nahshon Benford’s horn playing, we don’t know where you’ve been the last decade since he plays on just about every Memphis album of note that has been released the last few years!
But even if you’ve never heard of any of their other projects, we urge you to take a listen to The Memphis Dawls. They’re fabulous musicians and so good looking! If you are in Memphis, you can catch them play TONIGHT at Otherlands!
Join the Memphis Music Foundation for a special South Main Trolley Tour reception celebrating the opening of Memphis Means music Month. Enjoy complimentary food, beer, wine, and of course—Memphis music. www.memphismeansmusic.com
Memphis Means Music Month Kick-off Reception When: September 30; 5:00-7:00pm Location: Memphis Music Foundation, 431 South Main St. Cost: Free Admission