In May the Johnny Memphis Band has a brand new six-song cd coming out called Rarities. “Well, there’s only six songs, so they must be rare,” said bandleader Memphis. In 2014 the Johnny Memphis Band released a full-length, debut album of original roots music, described as “single-stream rock ‘n’ roll.” “This time the idea was to release a batch of music that is the length of an album record side, or a half-hour TV episode,” said Memphis.
On the new cd the band serves up classic country (“Every Other Day at a Time,”) northern soul (“Never Been to Memphis,”) and re-fried doo-wop (“Buddy,”) a tribute to the legendary deejay Buddy Rubbish. “We like to think it’s a bit like a good potluck where you end up with a plate of delicious dishes that all go together,” said Memphis. When they play live the band throws a fine party with danceable mix of funky blues, Louisiana mambo and Celtic stompers. The Johnny Memphis Band features fiddler Katherine First, guitarist Dave Pinkerton, bassist Paul Hartshorne, drummer Jason Smith and mandolinist/leadsinger Johnny Memphis. The Johnny Memphis Band is based in Florence. MA.