Southern Avenue

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“Southern Avenue’s debut album is the beginning of a legacy… It’s not blues, soul, Gospel or R&B. It’s all of the above, blended in such a way to create its very own category.” —American Blues Scene Named for the Memphis Street that encompasses Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records, Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. Their self-titled debut album on the Stax label is its own unique blend of gospel-tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds: Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle, powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band’s newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax’s legendary music academy. “If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue, “The most-talked-about band in Memphis.”

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