Beale Street Saturday Night

Beale Street Saturday Night

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Memphis, Tennessee has long been one of America's great cities for music, but the '70s saw the town going through a difficult and often painful transition. The city's place in the civil rights movement became a troubling legacy in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination, and urban renewal and changing tastes came together to turn Beale Street, one of the city's landmarks, into a testimony to poverty and neglect. In 1979, musician, producer, and proud son of Memphis James Luther Dickinson paid homage to the musical and cultural history of his hometown with the album Beale Street Saturday Night, an audio vérité collection that features the music and stories of Beale Street's past and present. The album includes performances from veteran blues artists Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, and Grandma Dixie Davis, as well as younger interpreters of the Memphis blues traditions such as Sid Selvidge and Mud Boy & the Neutrons, interspersed with interviews with people who witnessed the glory days of Beale Street as a haven for both music and wild living. Created with both love and vexation, Beale Street Saturday Night is a fascinating time capsule of Memphis' past and a meditation on the challenges of the future, many of which remain relevant in the 21st century, while the music is timeless.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
Label: Omnivore Recordings
UPC: 0816651016754
catalogNumber: 101675
Rank: 59661

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beale Street Saturday Night   Primary Artist
Thomas Pinkston   Narrator

Technical Credits

Greg Allen   Art Direction
James Luther Dickinson   Producer
Joe Hardy   Engineer
Jim Lancaster   Liner Notes,Reissue
Cheryl Pawelski   Reissue
Knox Phillips   Engineer
Stanley Booth   Liner Notes
William Eggleston   Cover Photo
Luther Dickinson   Reissue
Bryan George   Licensing
Mary Lindsay Dickinson   Reissue
Pat Rainer   Memorabilia,Reissue
William Brown   Engineer
Brueck   Cover Design
Joker Shoe   Engineer
Berry Shankman   Engineer
Sid Garwood   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Richard Rosenbrough   Engineer
Pat Halloran   Reissue

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