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Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is a soulful ,electric blues and gospel artist living and performing in Memphis. He writes smooth melodic songs with a swing and jazz feel ,drawing soulful inspiration from his new hometown. Originally from UK - his sound has been influenced by a wide range of music : basically everything from Bobby Darin to The Staple Singers via Muddy Waters! Performing weekly in Memphis he has become recognized as a familiar face on the music scene and Radio Memphis. He grew up in the 1960’s listening to the Beatles, sixties folk music such as Peter Paul and Mary,Donovan and Simon and Garfunkel- and learned to play guitar with traditional folk songs. The emergence of Punk and New Wave in 1977 in the UK , galvanized him to write songs , form a band , play live and create an individual sound - which was the requirement at the time: basically start something exciting, new and fresh! Switching to bass he fronted many different New Wave bands -inspired by the energy of The Police and The Stranglers- playing his own compositions. Playing in pubs and the university circuit in the early 1980’s toughened up his performance and songwriting chops. He has always been influenced by a wide range of music ,primarily: blues, soul ,jazz and gospel - the bedrock of all music in his view. Wilson summarizes his current writing style as follows: If you like the smoothness of Bobby Darin with the blues shuffles of Howling Wolf and a little gospel, tinged with jazz overtones - this is for you - an all original genre! He now plays solo electric guitar : an old pine Fender Telecaster into a reverb drenched Fender Blues Junior tube amp - and sings -channelling Muddy Waters , Clarence Gatemouth Brown ,Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin and Sister Rosetta Tharpe . There is also a jazz and swing feel : inspired by Cab Calloway , Les Paul & Mary Ford , Bobby Darin and Perry Como. Working in the recording industry selling analog recording tape and equipment for many years ,would eventually bring him to the USA. Now living in Memphis is a natural fit for him: the spiritual home of blues and gospel - that permeates his work and helps his writing in his view. Performing live every week , he also releases original albums every year working with other great Memphis musicians . He records “old school” using analog tape at Electraphonic Recording in Memphis. As Wilson notes : “This great city definitely helps my creativity and I am blessed to be surrounded by such great musicians.” More info and social media links at: https://galaxytracks.com/

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Cotton Pickin' Blues

Read "Cotton Pickin' Blues" reviewed by Martin McFie


Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The ...

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Jim Dickinson

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Carl Seitaro Maguire

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Imagine identical, musically inclined identical twins growing up in Hong Kong, where they seldom heard jazz, and then at 15 moving with their Japanese mother and American father to musically rich Memphis. Imagine these boys falling head over heels for jazz to the point of devoting their young lives to it—and then, during one of their regular visits to their grandmother in Japan, creating an enthusiastic following for the music in a town that had never been exposed to it. But that’s not all, folks. Imagine drummer Carl Maguire and bassist Alan Maguire going into the studio with Memphis legend Donald Brown, barely into their twenties, and recording an topflight album with the likes of tenor saxophonist Gregory Tardy, trumpeter Bill Mobley, and pianist Aaron Goldberg. It has indeed been a charmed, storybook life for the Maguire Twins, who at 21 have more worldly experience than many musicians acquire in a lifetime

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The Maguire Twins

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Imagine identical, musically inclined identical twins growing up in Hong Kong, where they seldom heard jazz, and then at 15 moving with their Japanese mother and American father to musically rich Memphis. Imagine these boys falling head over heels for jazz to the point of devoting their young lives to it—and then, during one of their regular visits to their grandmother in Japan, creating an enthusiastic following for the music in a town that had never been exposed to it. But that’s not all, folks. Imagine drummer Carl Maguire and bassist Alan Maguire going into the studio with Memphis legend Donald Brown, barely into their twenties, and recording an topflight album with the likes of tenor saxophonist Gregory Tardy, trumpeter Bill Mobley, and pianist Aaron Goldberg. It has indeed been a charmed, storybook life for the Maguire Twins, who at 21 have more worldly experience than many musicians acquire in a lifetime

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Alan Shutaro Maguire

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Imagine identical, musically inclined identical twins growing up in Hong Kong, where they seldom heard jazz, and then at 15 moving with their Japanese mother and American father to musically rich Memphis. Imagine these boys falling head over heels for jazz to the point of devoting their young lives to it—and then, during one of their regular visits to their grandmother in Japan, creating an enthusiastic following for the music in a town that had never been exposed to it. But that’s not all, folks. Imagine drummer Carl Maguire and bassist Alan Maguire going into the studio with Memphis legend Donald Brown, barely into their twenties, and recording an topflight album with the likes of tenor saxophonist Gregory Tardy, trumpeter Bill Mobley, and pianist Aaron Goldberg. It has indeed been a charmed, storybook life for the Maguire Twins, who at 21 have more worldly experience than many musicians acquire in a lifetime

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Jack Cooper

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Jack Cooper is an American jazz composer, arranger, orchestrator, multireedist, and music educator. Most notably he has written music for well-known and Grammy winning pop, jazz, and classical artists to include Aaron Neville, Joyce Cobb, Donald Brown, Alexis Cole, Tony Campise, Bobby Shew, Christian McBride, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. His catalogue of music is extensive ranging from jazz through contemporary classical; he has worked for Columbia Pictures Publishing, Warner Brothers, and Alfred Music as a staff arranger since 1993

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Tristan Barton

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Donald Brown

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Donald Ray Brown was born on March 28, 1954 in Desoto, Mississippi. At the age of two, Brown and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Donald came from a musical family, which instilled a love of music in the young boy. His first foray into music included early stints on the drums, baritone horn and tuba. In the ninth grade, he began to play the trumpet and showed a great deal of talent on the instrument, winning several awards for his abilities. Brown’s first musical mentors were his cousin Lloyd “Stan” Anderson, a gospel pianist and his sister Waddia, who was a gifted singer and pianist

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Charlie Wood

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Charlie Wood is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose work incorporates elements of jazz, blues, traditional r&b and popular music. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Charlie headed down the Mississippi to New Orleans at seventeen, spending a few formative years soaking up the music and culture of the Big Easy and playing keys with local favourites like Charmaine Neville. He returned to Memphis in his early twenties to join the band of legendary blues guitarist Albert King, with whom he toured the US and Europe. Having established a musical reputation for himself, Charlie took up a long-standing residency with his Hammond organ trio at King's Palace on Beale Street


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