Upbeat "Memphis Soul" music?
August 15, 2011 3:56 PM   Subscribe

Help! Looking for (I think) upbeat "Memphis Soul" music...

I'm a big fan of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, and they do a number of games involving creating songs. My current song virus from the show is Bail Me Out - the performers were given the topic "stockbroker", the title and the genre "Memphis soul". I'd like to find more music of the type they created, whether or not it exactly fits the genre of Memphis soul, but I'm not sure where to start. I really enjoyed the simple, clever lyrics, the calls to the audience, the upbeat style, and the live performance.* I must have played this a dozen times during my treadmill time today, and it was perfect brisk walking music. Is what they did representative of Memphis soul? What should I be listening to? Thanks!

* I also really enjoyed Jeff Davis like the fangirl I am, but unless he's secretly released an album, I don't think that'll help you answer the question. :)
posted by booksherpa to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Stax/Volt is the most famous Memphis soul label. Check out artists like Rufus Thomas, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, the Bar-Kays and Booker T & the MGs.
posted by box at 4:13 PM on August 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

More recent--try Marc Broussard, "Home." It's a hip-shaker.
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:15 PM on August 15, 2011

Eh, at best deriviative white boys tryin' for laughs. Genuine old school:

Sam and Dave: Hold On, I'm Comin'
King Curtis: Memphis Soul Stew
Eddie Floyd: Knock on Wood
posted by paulsc at 4:26 PM on August 15, 2011

Response by poster: Eh, at best deriviative white boys tryin' for laughs.

I do get that they're different from the real thing, thus the question. However, without the homage that I really really enjoyed, I wouldn't have asked the question. So, all's well that ends well.

I've been exploring the suggestions in Spotify; lots of good stuff, keep it coming please!
posted by booksherpa at 4:32 PM on August 15, 2011

An awesome lesser known Memphis Soul Label was Goldwax Records, featuring the likes of Barbara Perrry, Wee Willie Walker & The Ovations among others. There are quite a few compilations available for d/l from Amazon. Very highly recommended.
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:32 PM on August 15, 2011 [1 favorite]

Bettye LaVette covers Lucinda Williams' "Joy."
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:38 PM on August 15, 2011

The definitive foot stomper and 'fake saxaphone playing idiot in the living room' song from my youth:

King Curtis, Memphis Soul Stew
posted by Brockles at 5:06 PM on August 15, 2011

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posted by pH Indicating Socks at 6:59 PM on August 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

I was just reminiscing about my days DJing this music. So I will give you a secret floorfiller no one knows about but me [and whoever posted this crappy version to youtube] -- if you can find the mp3, you're golden. And yes, that is said to be Jimi Hendrix on guitar. Shhh.
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 7:09 PM on August 15, 2011 [2 favorites]

Ernie K-Doe! He's not Memphis, but was out of New Orleans.
posted by toddst at 10:16 AM on August 16, 2011

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