Memphis' Beale Street had been a hub of music and activity since the 1860s. As it was being plowed under for 'urban renewal' in 1976, James Luther Dickinson - who had played with The Stones, Ry Cooder and the Flamin' Groovies (later with Bob Dylan and the Cramps among others), as well as produced Big Star, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Alex Chilton (also, The Replacements, Green On Red, and Mudhoney) - decided to not only celebrate the legacy of great Memphis music, but make it back into the place where both the blues and rock 'n' roll originated. A camaraderie of Memphis musicians, photographers, artists, thespians and 'appropriate weirdos' gathered under Dickinson's direction to record the heart of Beale Street - past and present. From Furry Lewis and Sleepy John Estes to Sid Selvidge and Dickinson's own Mud Boy & The Neutrons, Beale Street Saturday Night is an unparalleled audio trip through Memphis music history. Recorded in places varying from artists' homes, to Ardent Studios, to The Orpheum Theatre, Beale Street Saturday Night was originally created as a fundraiser for the Memphis Development Foundation. This reissue will serve a similar purpose as a portion of the proceeds will go to support the radio program Beale Street Caravan which focuses on Memphis music, new and old.
Walkin' Down Beale Street - Sid Selvidge
Hernando Horn - Fred Ford
Beale Street Blues - Grandma Dixie Davis
Big Fat Mama / Liquor Store - Sleepy John Estes
Ol' Beale Street Blues - Prince Gabe
Furry's Blues - Furry Lewis
Rock Me Baby -Teenie Hodges
Rock Me Baby - Alex (171)
"Ben Griffin Was Killed in the Monarch..." - Thomas Pinkston
Frisco Blow - Johnny Woods
On the Road Again - Mud Boy & the Neutrons
"MR. Handy Told Me 50 Years Ago..." - Thomas Pinkston
Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird - Furry Lewis
Roll on, Mississippi - Grandma Dixie Davis
Each record is protected within its record sleeve by a white vellum anti-dust sleeve.
All items are shipped brand-new and unopened in original packaging. Every record is shipped in original factory-applied shrink wrap and has never been touched by human hands.