January 20, 2005

Blues Society Sponsoring Concert At V.F.W.

Memphis is known for the blues and jazz music. Of course, most big names travel to the home of Elvis in Tennessee, not its little namesake here in northeast Missouri.

However local fans have banded together to form the Lil’ Memphis Blues Society, which once again is bringing a big name in the industry to entertain local music connoisseurs.

James ‘Jimbo’ Mathus and his band Knockdown South, will be performing Saturday, January 22nd at the Memphis V.F.W. The mix of rock, blues and country will get underway at 2:00 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Mathus is a two-time Grammy Award winner from Clarksdale, MS.

“Big name musical talent shows up in Memphis all the time,” said Lil’ Memphis Blues Society president, James Parker. “But Tennessee is so far away from the V.F.W., you wonder if Jimbo Mathus is a bit taken back by our Memphis.” He’s won not one, but two Grammys… you know… big time, like on TV.”

Mathus and Knockdown South have played over 100 dates. Knockdown South is the debut release for Knockdown South Records, and Mathus’s first since returning home to Mississippi.

Prior to the new album, Jimbo had been serving as the second guitar for the infamous Buddy Guy, winning a Grammy for Blues Singer.

Other releases by Mathus and his band are Stop and Let the Devil Ride, a 2002 album; National Antiseptic in 2000 and Plays Sons for Rosetta from 1997.

“Jimbo and his wife, Katharine Whalen, first formed the Squirrel Nut Zippers and they sold over two million records,” said Parker. “Last year they recorded a version of the theme song for the Drew Carey Show. Now ain’t that something.”

In addition to recording his own music, Jimbo opened the Delta Recording Service in Clarksdale.

The Lil’ Memphis Blues Society is open to all music lovers.

“Please come out and give this boy a real big Memphis welcome,” Parker said.

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