Amy Black Presents The Music of Memphis & Muscle Shoals (Brunch Show) - 1/28
at City Winery New York City
- 10:00 AM
- 11:00 AM
- 2:00 PM
Join Nashville-based singer and songwriter Amy Black for a soulful evening of classic and original music recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee, including songs by Al Green, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert King, Mavis Staples and more.
Amy Black has always been drawn to soul singers. But it wasn’t until she began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she found her musical sweet spot — and knew her next stop had to be the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she was meant to make — the sound of Memphis.
Her name album, Memphis, puts Black — already considered “a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter” by Elmore magazine — on the same continuum as soul sisters from Dusty Springfield, Ann Peebles and Mavis Staples to Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne.
The album was produced and engineered by Scott Bomar, the Grammy-nominated, Emmy-winning producer and leader of the Bo-Keys. The players on the album include members of the Hi Records and Stax rhythm sections.
Infusing her vocals with Saturday-night sultriness and Sunday-morning gospel, slow-dance sexiness and fast-dance exuberance, Black goes from silky smooth to raw and rough with equal ease. Her organic sound was recorded old-school analog style at Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording studio and mixed to tape by Adam Hill at Ardent Studios. The result is pure and authentic —and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Black says she hopes her albums Memphis & The Muscle Shoals Sessions inspire listeners to dig into this music as she has, and to explore “the history, the people, the stories” of this fabled place. With her live Memphis & Muscle Shoals Music Revue, she mixes classics with her originals. But no matter how you experience her music, when Amy Black “takes you there”, it’s a journey you won’t soon forget.
"Black's new record is Memphis, a soulful and swinging collection of seven originals plus three covers of songs by legendary artists. Released on her own label Reuben Records, the aptly titled album shines a light on Black's love for the iconic city that has been home to some of the greatest blues, soul, country and rock 'n' roll ever produced.” —CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“Expertly crafted and passionately sung, Amy Black’s Memphis is worth visiting again and again.” —LIVING BLUES