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Memphis is Elvis, and Memphis is Beale Street, and Memphis is the Mississippi and the heartland. The city’s namesake is an ancient capital, adjacent to one of the most ancient of rivers, that was the final resting place of the gods; this was not an accident. There is heavy mojo here. The music is in the air, in the ground, it is everywhere. It comes from the church, from gospel, from ancient rhythms. https://open.spotify.com/track/6PgVDY8GTkxF3GmhVGPzoB The city...
“Ballads can really make a difference in people’s lives,” says William Bell, 76, of his musical tendencies. “I go uptempo some, but my forte is the soul ballad." As one of the finest American pop balladeers of the past half-century, Bell should know. His love serenades have forged romances and broken hearts in bedrooms and dancefloors for decades, ever since the Memphis-born singer recorded his very first hit in 1961 with “You Don’t Miss...

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