Amy Black

Photo by Tim Carter via Wiki Commons


Thu., June 29, 9:30 p.m. 2017
$20 to $22

Location Info:

McGonigel's Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk
Houston, TX  77098
Other locales have skin in the game, no question, but no U.S. city soothes and seethes with soul music quite like Memphis. As Dusty Springfield and Shelby Lynne did before her, Amy Black heeded the Mid-South’s siren call from Alabama, where 2015’s The Muscle Shoals Sessions soared over the rustic Americana of the Nashville resident’s first two albums. In Memphis, both location and title of Black’s fourth LP (Reuben Records), she linked up with alumni of two of the R&B-rich city’s great labels, Hi and Stax, calling on their crowded pantheon of vocalists — Mavis Staples, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright — for inspiration. Black’s originals like “It’s Hard to Love an Angry Man” and “Let the Light In” strut by in a self-assured parade of church-y organs, triumphal horns and purposeful groove that matches to a T the tone of vintage tunes by Otis Clay, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Ruby Johnson.
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