Memphis the Band Plays O'Donnell's Pub Saturday
In a different twist, there will be a book reading from "Paradise The Last Place on Earth," a book written by band member Scott Morgan, and a musical review based on the novel. Morgan is originally from Carthage.
The book reading and musical review begin at 7:30 p.m. Memphis will also play the late show at 10:30 p.m.
Memphis was formed in 1998 in Chapel Hill. The group includes Morgan, who sings as well as playing acoustic and electric guitar, banjo and harmonica; Jeremy Thompson, drums, percussion, backing vocals; Shannon Morgan, backing vocals, percussion; Ryan Davis, electric and acoustic bass guitar, backing vocals; Peter Lucey, organ, piano, accordion and backing vocals.
The music performed by Memphis is a blend of many musical genres.
"Pick the sounds of rock, folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly and psychedelic, take the energy of those genres, focus them into musical harmonies, and you get the undiminished soul of Memphis," says a spokesman. "The individuality of each of these distinct parts allows the music to cross over any limits that may exist in the faces of today's music."
The group released "Radio" this summer. It was recorded and produced by Jeremy Thompson at Selling Days Studios in Pittsboro.
The band previously released "Last of the Cadillac Days," "Cheap Poems," and "Mulberry Creek."
Described as "a wonderful collision of The Wallflowers, Dylan, and Widespread Panic," the band has been characterized as Garage Roots Rock.
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