|It Came From Memphis festival
Barbican, London, April 2005
6 nights live events, and 5 film sessions at the Barbican, London, initiated by Robert Gordon (producer of other It Came from Memphis recordings) along with the releases of a double CD and a book.
ARDENT STUDIOS - Sun 3 Apr – 7.30pm
North Mississippi All Stars, Mud Boy & the Neutrons (Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwait), Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Jack Oblivian, Chuck Prophet
pictures from the April 3rd show
Tav Falco flyer for the show
MUSCLE SHOALS - Sat 9 Apr – 7.30pm
Rhythm section: David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Bryan Owings, Spooner Oldham, Clayton Ivey, Larry Byrum Guests: Bonnie Bramlett, Donnie Fritts, George Soule, Larry Jon Wilson, Tony Joe White Special Guest: Mavis Staples
DELTA BLUES - Sun 10 Apr – 7.30pm
Bobby Rush, Little Milton, Kenny Brown, T-Model Ford
SUN STUDIOS - Mon 18 Apr – 7.30pm
Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm+ Sonny Burgess & The Pacers, Billy Lee Riley & The Big Town Playboys, Cowboy Jack Clement
HI RECORDS - Fri 22 Apr – 7.30pm
Rhythm section: Teenie Hodges, Leroy Hodges, Marvell Thomas, Archie Turner, Lannie McMillan and Steve Potts + Guests: Ann Peebles, Percy Wiggins, Syl Johnson
STAX - Mon 25 Apr – 7.30pm
Booker T. & the MGs, Bo-Keys, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Mable John
ARDENT STUDIOS - Sun 3 Apr 2005 – 7.30pm
North Mississippi All Stars, Mud Boy & the Neutrons (Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwait), Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Jack Oblivian, Chuck Prophet.
and previous FreeStage from 4pm, with: Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, Jack Oblivian's Tearjerkers and a Talks and Q&A's: "The Catfish that Ate Memphis: Blues, Rock, and the Counterculture" with Jim Dickinson, Sid Selvidge, Jimmy Crosthwait introduced by Robert Gordon
"This evening’s rare reunion of Mud Boy and the Neutrons will reveal how the Rolling Stones would sound had they learned from blues musicians and not recordings. Mud Boy (with Jim Dickinson) shaped Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, who in turn shaped the North Mississippi All Stars (featuring Dickinson’s sons). Since the early 1960s, Ardent Studios has been a haven for musical free-thinkers (and for clean sounds). As the home of Big Star, Ardent has more recently attracted a starry host of bands such as REM, the Replacements, Primal Scream and Spiritualized, all searching for the Memphis ‘sound’ and inspiration." (barbican.org.uk)
"Regarding the actual gig, Jim Dickinson started it with 'How she dances' (on Tav's Ditch Diggin' album). Later he played along with Syd Selvidge an Alex Chilton song 'Nighttime', which for me was one of the best moments of the night.
Tav Falco, with an Italian new guitarist played around 9 or 10 times, but he didn't play 'She's the one
that's got it' nor 'Stranded in a dateless night'.
Later, the North Mississippi All Stars, with Jim Dickinson and Sid Selvidge played 'The dark side of
the road', 'Money Talks' and other songs [...] The show ended with all the line-up together for a version of Tav's 'Tina, the go-go queen' and finally Dickinson leaded the all-star band to a climax with a version of 'Power to the people'. "
report by Jesus Martinez, Alex Chilton group.
pictures from the April 3rd. show - Tav Falco flyer for the show
Films given all days of the festival, including films by Robert Gordon and four shorts by Tav Falco capturing Memphis and the blues, presented Sun.10th April 2005 : HONKY TONK (US 1974), JOHNNY WOODS (US 1974), SLEEPY JOHN ESTES (US 1975) and MEMPHIS BEAT (US 1989)
More on http://www.barbican.org.uk/memphis