Monday, 26 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
On my trip to the States in August, I had a very fruitful day out taking photos in some of Memphis' darker and more distressed corners. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the light lent itself to getting some good results. These were taken in the "Soulsville Gateway" on South Bellevue, where portraits of Memphis music legends adorn both sides of an underpass below the two Frisco railway trestles. The whole undertaking was a wonderful thought, though best experienced on foot - probably not a choice many make in a town so reliant upon the automobile.
On my recent trip back to Mempho in mid-August, not only did I get to play a "power trio" show with Linda Heck and Kurt Ruleman (bassist extraordinaire John McClure was otherwise engaged with Death Week gigs) at the Escape Alley venue, which is child-friendly, so my kids could come and see dad grimace and make awful noises, I also got to spend a day with Linda recording a demo of this great new song. It was all very experimental, using GarageBand on Mac, and we had no end of technical difficulties, but it was good fun, and I like the result, ragged and raucous. Song, vocal, acoustic guitar, engineering and production by Linda Heck. Electric guitars, bass, drums, shaker, pillow, coffee can by Jimi Inc.