Memphis based singer/songwriter/producer Healy releases his latest track and accompanying visual for “Back in Time” ft. Public Library Commute today (listen/watch here).
“”Back in Time,” much like “Nikes On,” has the central theme of time,” says Healy of the track. “I really overthink a lot and spend a lot of my energy reliving the past while trying to make it perfect. Time is relative–and sometimes I wish I could manipulate it by slowing it down and living a little longer inside certain moments–so I tried to convey that by slowing and warping the end of the song and offering this really saturated vignette. It only lasts 30 seconds, but it departs from the anecdotal nature of the rest of the song and exists as a really vulnerable portrayal of my core feelings that rarely see the light of day.”
In July, Healy released the track and music video for “Second Wind” which was the first track he wrote and recorded during his trip to Joshua Tree National Park. The track has nearly 1 million streams. Earlier this year, Healy released “Nikes On” as well as the music video for his track “Reckless” the latter of which was featured on his debut album Subluxe and has over 47.5 million streams on Spotify. Healy reached over 1.4 million followers on his Spotify artist page. Healy released “Tuscon,” which has garnered over 2.7 million combined audio streams. Keep checking for more music from Healy coming soon.
Performing under only his last name, Healy embodies cardinal themes of his work like self-discovery and non-dualism. He released his debut album Subluxe in 2017 in the wake of his second year of medical school. The album has nearly 60 million audio streams. The lead single, “Unwind,” caught the internet on its heels, helping to establish Healy’s fixed presence as a promising multidimensional artist in a mercurial musical climate. His work is a fearless transgression—a tonal gradient with origins in classic and indie rock, soul, and Memphis rap.
Memphis based singer/songwriter/producer Healy releases his latest track and music video, “Second Wind” today (watch here). The track was the first song to be created and recorded during a two-week writing trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
“This song sounds like redemption to me,” says Healy, “I spent a lot of 2019 doubting and second-guessing myself, and writing this song was really cathartic. The song began as a means of self-acceptance and eventually became a general commentary on life as I was seeing it. The song really opens up as it progresses, and as the second verse continues you hear a sort of push and pull between normal and pitched vocals. In the same way, I’ve really stepped into myself more fully this year—and I’ve been working toward finding a balance between humility and ego.”
Earlier this year, Healy released “Nikes On” as well as the music video for his track “Reckless,” the latter of which was featured on his debut album Subluxe and has over 26 million streams on Spotify. Most recently, Healy reached over 1.3 million followers on his Spotify artist page.
Last Fall, Healy released “Tuscon,” which has garnered over 2.3 million combined audio streams.
Listen to or Download “Second Wind” here and “Reckless” here.
At the top of the year Memphis-bred rapper, Moneybagg Yo shared his highly anticipated album Time Served. The star-studded album features collaborations with artists such as Future, Da Baby, Lil Baby, Megan thee Stallion, Summer Walker, Fredo Bang and more. It went on to debut at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart and garnered critical acclaim from Forbes, Hypebeast, Billboard and more.
Several tracks also amassed global recognition on Tik Tok as well as become certified gold by the RIAA and chart on Urban Radio. Time Served has gone to amass over a billion streams globally.
Today, Moneybagg Yo shares his visual album alongside a brand-new video for “Protect Da Brand ft. DaBaby.” On the track, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the southern superstars rap about defending what’s theirs, watch the video shot in Miami, FL match that same energy HERE.
DUKE DEUCE DROPS “KIRK (FEAT. MULATTO)” LISTEN HERE
Memphis breakout-star Duke Deuce has returned with a new single “Kirk (feat. Mulatto)” via Quality Control Music, his first release since his latest tape – the exalted Memphis Massacre 2. With his signature bounce, infectious cadence, and a feature from Mulatto (the inaugural winner of The Rap Game series), Deuce has proven yet again that he’s leading the charge for a new generation of Memphis rap. LISTEN HERE
The single is accompanied by a new music video that puts Deuce’s acting and comedic chops from social media into practice, playing a less-than-affable club owner attempting to keep things in order while conducting a twerking symphony. More to come soon from the Memphis rapper.
FOY VANCE RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO “THANK YOU FOR ASKING” LISTEN HERE / WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Northern Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance has released his brand new single “Thank You For Asking”. The track is available to stream and download starting today HERE via Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra Records. Vance has also shared an accompanying music video for the song, which premiered earlier today on Taste of Country. Watch it HERE.
Vance initially wrote and demoed “Thank You For Asking” for his Americana album To Memphis, which was released last September. After a long day of recording at Memphis’s legendary Sun Studios, Vance and creative partner Gregg Houston of Babysweet Productions filmed an impromptu video for the track on the city’s streets with Foy dressed as a character he calls “Gordon Zolah”. “Thank You For Asking” was then put on the shelf for a year, with Vance recently finishing the track in London.
“‘Thank You For Asking’ didn’t work on To Memphis, but I always loved the song and now feels like an appropriate time to put it out,” says Vance. “My fans will know that I believe in the ‘joy of nothing’, and I hope that the light-hearted nature of the track and video can bring them a little joy. Gordon Zolah had a lot of fun wandering around the iconic streets of Memphis and I think that shows.” Last year Foy Vance released two companion albums, From Muscle Shoals and To Memphis, which pay homage to the Soul and Americana traditions that influence his songwriting.
Following the release of the albums, Vance embarked on a headline world tour. Vance’s 2016 studio album The Wild Swan was executively produced by Elton John, who Vance supported on his Wonderful Crazy Tour that year. The critically acclaimed album contained the BBC Radio 2 playlisted singles “Coco”, “Upbeat Feelgood”, and “Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution”, and saw Vance perform on NBC’s Today and CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden. The Wild Swan was nominated for the 2016 Northern Ireland Music Prize, which Vance won with his 2013 album Joy Of Nothing. Foy Vance is currently working on new material.
DUKE DEUCE DROPS NEW TAPE ON QUALITY CONTROL MUSIC/YRN
STREAM MEMPHIS MASSACRE 2— HERE
WATCH THE “CRUNK AINT DEAD REMIX” VIDEO FT. LIL JON, PROJECT PAT & JUICY J–HERE
Feedbacks from the public
“The fact that his record was co-signed by fellow Memphis stars, Project Pat and Juicy J, is a telling sign that Duke Deuce is truly on the rise.” – HYPEBEAST
“2020 could be Duke Deuce’s year” -CLASH
“Although it won’t be long until fans move on to the next hottest hip-hop dance, something tells us Duke Deuce has the star power and quality music to ride this moment for a whole lot longer” – COMPLEX
“Already showing the ability to stand out on the timeline, and with the support of Quality Control, Duke might just be ready to take off.” – LYRICAL LEMONADE
“He’s the best parts of every era of Memphis while being in tune with the new generation of rap.” – FLOSS MAG
Breakout Memphis Rapper
Duke Deuce drops his hotly anticipated new tape, Memphis Massacre 2 on Quality Control Music/YRN, the follow up to 2018’s Memphis Massacre. Listen to Memphis Massacre 2 HERE. Watch the video for “Crunk Ain’t Dead Remix (feat. Lil Jon, Juicy J, Project Pat)” HERE. Duke has been on a steady rise catching attention for bringing back an era of crunk music that originated in Memphis but became popular out of Atlanta.
Duke grew up around the sound and recalls the likes of Three6Mafia,8Ball, and MJG as influences as well as his father Duke Nitty who produced the Memphis classic “S.O.U.T.H. Parkway” by Gangsta Blac. Duke Nitty is also credited as a producer for few tracks on MM2. The album sees Duke navigate through diverse production and multiple styles like a veteran. An energetic listen over 12 tracks that could only be made by someone that lives and breathes this scene. It’s a true come up for a rising star in rap. Alongside his music, Duke’s unique dance moves are part of what brought him to Quality Control. After Offset saw one of Duke’s videos, he flew him out to the studio to meet and ended up signing him to QC. Gaining co-signs from the whole QC family as well as Cardi B, Duke Deuce is quickly becoming a recognizable name in the space. Late last year Duke released the video for “Crunk Ain’t Dead,” now at over 10 million views on YouTube.
Following its success, hip-hop legends Lil Jon, Juicy J, and Project Pat hopped on a remix that released just last week. Duke commented on working with them, “It was legendary working beside guys I listened to as a kid growing up in Memphis in the studio with my dad.”
MEMPHIS MASSACRE 2 TRACKLISTING
1. FEEL LIKE IT (PROD. BY DENAROLOVE)
2. BHZ (PROD. BY HITT KIDD & CHASE THE MONEY)
3. CRUNK AIN’T DEAD REMIX (FT. LIL JON, PROJECT PAT, JUICY J)
4. ON ME (PROD.HITTKIDD
5.FAT MAC (PROD. BY DUKE NITTY)
6. BAD NEWS (PROD. BY DUKENITTY)
7. TRAP BLUES (PROD. BY CHEFERY)
8. CRUNK AIN’T DEAD MOB – DUKE DEUCE, LIL THAD, LIL YACHTY
9. BODY (PROD. BY EVIL G)
10. DUKE FLOW (PROD. BY PYREX WHIPPA)
11. LOCK DOORS (PROD. BY PYREX WHIPPA)
12. BIG DOG (PROD. BY STASH 808)
Memphis’ Beale Street Historic District and WDIA Radio Station Added to U.S. Civil Rights Trail
Beale Street Historic District joins together the Historic Daisy Theater/Randle Catron Interpretive Center, the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, Historic First Baptist Beale Street Church and Robert R. Church Park.
WDIA Radio and the Beale Street Historic District are now stops on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail as announced today by Gov. Bill Lee; Commissioner Mark Ezell, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development and Secretary/Treasurer of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance; Memphis Mayor Strickland; Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris; and President and CEO of Memphis Tourism Kevin Kane. The announcement was made during a press event hosted by Memphis Tourism at the original B.B. Kings on Beale Street.
“Today is a special day as Tennessee shines a brighter light on the brave men and women who stood up for equal rights,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “I am proud that with the addition of these two sites, travelers from around the world will have the opportunity to learn more about Memphis’ deep civil rights history.”
This acceptance is in large part due to Memphis Tourism’s efforts alongside Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s continued leadership and their sustaining membership of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance.
WDIA Radio was the first radio station in the country programmed entirely for African Americans. Efforts to break down racial boundaries pushed WDIA Radio to the top of the charts, both on the air and in the Memphis community.
The Beale Street Historic District is a National Historic Landmark. The 15-block area was a hotbed for several African American businesses, a Freedman’s Bank, the headquarters of Ida B. Wells’ anti-segregationist newspaper, “Free Speech,” and churches after the Civil War. African Americans came to work, entertain and be entertained, shop and strategize during the Civil Rights Movement.
“The addition of Beale Street and WDIA to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail will help spread the word of the historical significance of this community to our country’s long journey to equality and human rights,” said Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Mayor. “Both these sites will be invaluable additions to the trail and these additions will lead to countless conversations and learning opportunities for visitors and our residents.”
WDIA Radio and the Beale Street Historic District join original stops in Memphis which include Clayborn Temple, Mason Temple Church of God in Christ and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.
The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks in the Southern states and beyond that played a pivotal role in advancing social justice in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, shifting the course of history.
With the newly-added stops, Tennessee now has 12 stops on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail including Fisk University and Woolworth’s on 5th in Nashville and Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton. Visitors from around the world travel to Tennessee to explore where history was made.
About the U.S. Civil Rights Trail
The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other landmarks primarily in the Southern states where activists challenged segregation in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s to advance social justice. Famous sites such as the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Greensboro, North Carolina, Woolworth’s where sit-ins began; the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee; and Dr. King’s birthplace in Atlanta, to name a few. The people, locations and destinations included in the Civil Rights Trail provide a way for families, travelers, and educators to experience history firsthand and tell the story of how “what happened here changed the world.” For details about dozens of significant sites and to see interviews with civil rights foot soldiers, visit civilrightstrail.com.
Memphis is a world-class sports destination that is complemented by the legendary food and music the city is known for around the world. The city is headlined by live music and full of one-of-a-kind experiences that include Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Memphis Zoo, home to two giant pandas. Stunning Mississippi River views, mouthwatering barbecue, lively festivals, and intriguing galleries and museums round out the many attractions and activities for visitors to experience in Memphis. These only begin the list of what’s so great about the Home of the Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll. For more information, visit www.memphistravel.com
About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll-delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” In 2018, Tennessee’s tourism industry generated $22.02 billion in economic impact, more than $1.81 billion in state and local tax revenue and more than 187,757 tourism-related jobs. Explore more at tnvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “tnvacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube or “Tennessee” on Snapchat.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 journalists arrived bright and early at the Memphis International Airport and were met by Geiger & Associate staff, and were shortly off to lunch. Lunch was held at The Beauty Shop, which is a hip spot located at the center of the Cooper-Young Entertainment District. The name of the restaurant is the theme. 1940’s beauty dryers are scattered around the salon. Along with this old-fashioned décor, the trendy restaurant also serves amazing, American cuisine. Grilled peaches with blue cheese and balsamic vinegar, herb-crusted trout, cheese grits, and succotash are just a few of the delicious bites they have. After breakfast, the groups split for afternoon activities. The journalists were able to choose between three different activities.
First day activities include taking a tour of Graceland – Home of Elvis Presley, visiting Cooper-Young Entertainment District and Overton Square, and taking a tour of the Memphis Botanic Garden.
Dinner was held at Blues City Café, located on Beale Street. Their ribs have been featured on many food channels and in Bon Appetit’s barbeque issue. Then after, having the options to go out for the night.
Beale street is known for its music, and soul so it’s no doubt that was a must-see on this trip.
This trip was full of opportunity. Tennessee has so much culture, soul, and influence that it’s a no brainer why people fall in love with it. Although the trip mainly focused on food and sight-seeing, some history was thrown in there as well. Tours of the National Civil Rights Museum were given. The museum was established in 1991 and is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. This museum offered the visitors a full immersion experience through the American civil rights movement.
When exploring Tennessee, it’s hard to not eat everything that comes into view. Luckily on this trip, it offered multiple foods. This trip was all about the food and travel destinations, so without a doubt, there was going to be some great food options. Food varied from fried chicken sandwiches to impossible burgers which are made from plant-based meats and even deep-fried oysters.
What’s a good trip, without good alcohol? Wine tasting, beer tasting, any alcohol tasting you can think of, Tennessee has it. Century Farm Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that is located right on a working farm. Journalists were able to tour the winery and enjoy a selection of handcrafted and award-winning wines. The wine wasn’t the only alcohol being tasted, good olé’ moonshine was available for taste as well. Samuel T. Bryant Distillery was a hot stop on this tour as well. Just like with the Winery, the journalist was able to have a tasting and tour at the Distillery. Samuel T Bryant Distillery tries its hardest to use locally grown produce in their products. The berries in the Blueberry Moonshine and the Blackberry Moonshine come from local farms and the corn they use comes from Madison County farms. They even use local Sorghum Molasses to make a very unique rum product.
The Memphis and West Tennessee Media Tour was filled with so much culture, inspiration, passion, and warmth. Journalists were able to put their creative skills to the test; write and visit places they’ve never been before. When traveling it’s important to try new things and always think outside the box. New foods, drinks, experiences, and great times are what make a trip unforgettable.
Memphis is definitely a place that needs to be on everyone’s travel list. It’s full of so much culture, experiences and food. Memphis is the definition of an affordable visit, foodie town with tons of music history.
Nine Inch Nails God Break Down the Door heard on Beats 1 this morning is now available everywhere. Download / stream the track HERE or view the visualizer HERE. Listen to Trent Reznor’s conversation with Zane Lowe HERE.
The song is from Bad Witch, the final volume in the trilogy that began with 2016 Not The Actual Events and2017 ADD VIOLENCE. Set for release on June 22, Bad Witchis now available for preorder HERE. Fans who pre-order the record in digital format, or from NIN.COM, will instantly receive God Break Down the Door.
Nine Inch Nails will bring their “musical, visual, emotional sensory onslaught as hailed by The New York Times, to some of the most iconic venues in the USA this fall. As previously announced, The Jesus and Mary Chain will provide direct support. Today, Nine Inch Nails revealed the openers for COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018. Opening acts will vary as the tour moves across the country, and include TOBACCO, Kite Base, Daniel Avery, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor), Death in Vegas and HMLTD. See below for details.
To encourage fans to explore the music of each opening act, Reznor has curated a playlist of their songs. Listen HERE.
In what Reznor describes as part of the experience tickets for the fall run go on sale this weekend, in person only. All seats (including the best seats) to COLD AND BLACK AND INFINTE NORTH AMERCA 2018 will be available at The Physical World presale events, taking place May 19th at each venue’s box office, with the exception of Red Rocks for which the presale will take place on May 20th at the Denver Coliseum Box Office.
Fans can purchase up to four tickets per show. Visit nin.com/tickets2018 for a complete list of box office locations and further information. Limited quantities of tickets may be released via additional ticketing channels, subject to availability, at a later date to be announced. Ticket inventory available via phone and online channels will include ADA tickets.
Today, BBQ fans from Memphis, Texas, the Carolinas and Kansas City momentarily paused their barbecue battles to unite over KFC’s newest southern-inspired flavor: Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken. The crispy chicken with an undeniably delicious, sweet and smoky BBQ sauce blends recipes from Memphis and the Carolinas, briefly bringing peace to the BBQ belt.
“Our new Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken blends the best flavors from the BBQ belt for a sweet, smoky flavor that everyone can agree on,” said Andrea Zahumensky, CMO, KFC U.S. “And unlike most BBQ, it’s crispy. The combination of KFC’s sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, combined with our Extra Crispy Chicken, creates an unexpected experience.”
Barbecue recipes have strong geographic origins in the U.S. The region known as the barbecue belt stretches across the southern United States, including the Carolinas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Texas. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Oklahoma also offer their own unique (often blended) BBQ options.
KFC’s take on the southern mainstay boasts a touch of vinegar to please North Carolinians, a little bit of sweetness for the Kansas City-style faithful and a crispiness that even Memphis dry rub fans will appreciate.
As KFC’s third southern-inspired flavor, Smoky Mountain BBQ joins spicy and smoky Nashville Hot Fried Chicken, and sweet and tangy Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ in KFC’s Taste of the South menu line up.
Beginning January 29, KFC Smoky Mountain BBQ will be available in participating U.S. restaurants in Extra Crispy™ Tenders, Chicken Littles® and Extra Crispy™ Chicken.
Individual Smoky Mountain BBQ basket meals will be available for $4.99 and include three Extra Crispy™ Tenders or two pieces of Extra Crispy™ Chicken, an individual mashed potatoes and gravy and a biscuit (prices may vary; tax extra).
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