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John Fry, Jody Stephens, John Hampton, and Jim Dickinson

John Fry, Jody Stephens, John Hampton, and Jim Dickinson

Memphis is stunned by the loss of John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios. Following the loss of engineer John Hampton last Saturday, our music community feels like a biblical plague is upon us.

Fry’s combination of technical diligence and artistic experimentation was unique. His legacy is larger than the studio or recordings that he leaves behind. The mics, the rooms, and the records are sacred objects in Memphis. But it’s the people he influenced who will determine his legacy.

One of Fry’s many proteges, Pete Matthews, recently said in passing, “Memphis guys just know how to record acoustic guitars.” It’s true, and most learned from Fry or from someone who learned from him.

Jim Stewart’s studio is gone. Sam Phillip’s studio was restored. Fry’s place endured, a testament to his love for music and audio. We miss him and wonder how Memphis’ production world will survive in his absence. We look forward to reflecting on his and John Hampton’s influence in this community and the world at large. From a musical standpoint — from Hot Buttered Soul to Skillet — Fry’s influence is fortunately inescapable. Losing him and Hampton at the same time seems like a lot to endure, even for Memphis. Hang in there, and make a joyful noise for the lord of the manor. Rest in peace, John Fry.

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New @BraboGator Video: “Shotguns & Secrets”

Antioch, Tennessee rap artist Brabo Gator has released a new single and video entitled “Shotguns & Secrets”. Enjoy!

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New Video from Miscellaneous: “F@#K The Industry”

“F@#K The Industry” is the first single and video from veteran Memphis rapper Miscellaneous’ forthcoming full-length album Broke & Famous, which is scheduled for release in February of 2015 on the Phixieous Music imprint.

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The Bar-Kays Celebrate 50 Years.

Larry Dodson and James Alexander

Larry Dodson and James Alexander

If you had asked Larry Dodson and James Alexander a few decades ago if they planned to still be recording music in 2014, their answer would have been no. But on December 4th, the two leading members of legendary funk and soul collective the Bar-Kays will be honored for their 50th year in the music industry.

It’s been a long road for the Bar-Kays to get to the point where they are today.

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DJ Paul Responds to Project Pat’s Comments about Da Mafia 6ix


In a recent interview with VladTV, Project Pat revealed neither he nor Juicy J would be involved with Da Mafia 6ix’s upcoming album. He also explained Juicy’s absence from the group, which is comprised of Three 6 Mafia’s original members.

DJ Paul took time out to address Pat’s statements in an interview with HipHopDX.

Paul said he hasn’t talked to Pat in years, and doesn’t understand why Pat would publicize his decision not to work with Da Mafia 6ix.

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Mel Waiters Finds “True Love” With New Release

Mel Waiters is one of Southern Soul’s biggest and best-loved stars, and his hits rule clubs and juke joints from coast to coast, from “Got My Whiskey” to “Hole in The Wall.” Now he is coming with his latest album, entitled True Love, featuring 11 all-new tracks, in stores February 3, 2015.

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Doyle Lawson Performing Live at the Museum of Appalachia

Bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson was the one of the highlighted artists at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming in October at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee, and if you weren’t fortunate enough to witness it in person, you can enjoy it by clicking on the video above. Lawson and his band Quicksilver will release their latest album Reading, Riting & Rhythm on the Mountain Home label in January of 2015.

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“Intelligence and Intimidation” Coming Soon From Quietus Khan and Hustler E

Waco, Texas’ two most prominent rap veterans now come together on the upcoming Texas Family Entertainment release Intelligence and Intimidation which will be available in stores everywhere next Tuesday May 27, 2014. (@TheRealQKhan @TheRealHustlerE)

New @Lil_Wyte_ & @JellyRoll615 Video “This Down Here”

Check out this hot new video from Lil Wyte & Jelly Roll on the song “This Down Here”, taken from their current album No Filter, which is in stores everywhere, or available from iTunes here.

Hood 2 Hood Part 3 In Stores Now!


After the success of reality DVD’s Hood 2 Hood Part 1 and Part 2, the long-awaited Part 3 has been released by Rich Kid Entertainment and is available in stores everywhere. It is also available from the Select-o-Hits Store here or at