MemphisConnect asked soulful local singer Candy Fox what she loved most about music-making in our city. Unable to stay confined to our standard My Top Five, this enthusiastic supporter of all things local hit us with her six fondest examples of rich Memphis music culture.
1. Favorite Memphis Song – Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful.” This song is a timeless treasure most can relate to. The Reverend Al Green deeply touches souls on this one. When I perform this song, I start in the lower register…then take it up an octave. This song elicits so much passion…that speaks to what we all want…simple beauty…reciprocal love. To love and be loved. Definitely a classic.
2. Favorite Live Music Venue – toss-up between the Levitt Shell and the Hi Tone Cafe. Both are so awesome for so many different reasons. They are juxtaposed, but I loved them both the same. Large vs. small stage…open vs. contained sound. Bring-Your-Own everything (food, wine, blankets, etc.) vs. stand up and drink Pabst Blue Ribbon. Wide open, spacious, fresh air vs. small, dark, dank. These two spots represent Memphis and everything in between. And I love them both.
3. Favorite Memphis Music Museum – STAX Museum of American Soul Music. We are so fortunate to have such a rich musical legacy in this town. The Stax Museum is the perfect shrine to the people who make Memphis music the potent, powerful art that it is. A must-visit for all locals and each-and-every out of town guest.
4. Favorite Memphis Band – I would say mine, but that’d be a little over-zealous. I love Will Graves & Soul. He’s had a couple personnel changes in the last few years, but he still stands strong. His sultry vocals, slapstick humor and pure lyrics always keep me coming back for more. You can catch them every Sunday night at Memphis Sounds on Third Street Downtown, below A&R BBQ.
5. Favorite Juke Box – The juke box at Young Ave Deli is my favorite. It has a variety of music for all ages, races, musical palettes, etc. Though I’d prefer to be on the patio, sitting inside is made heavenly because of that juke box!
6. Favorite Memphis-produced Album – I can’t lie…it’s Soul Stir by Candy Fox. This album seriously represents Memphis in a way like no other. The album features Memphis-based producers Daniel “Premo” Dangerfield (my former Free Sol bandmate), Johnathan “J-Dav” Davenport and Tim Clark. The photography and artwork were done by local graphic designer Kim Gurley of gurley-gurl design. And finally Candy Fox…born and raised in Memphis…shaped by Gospel and Soul, molded by Country and Folk and exercised in Hip Hop and Rock. This album is the epitome of Memphis music. Check it out for yourself!