Band: The Old Memphis Kings with Melissa Summersell
Date: Saturday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., www.thelisteningroommobile.com
Tickets: $20 at the door
Old Memphis is a little place situated in Pickens County, Alabama, near the Mississippi state line. In this rural town, the Old Memphis Kings reign as the area’s musical royalty. With bluesman Willie King as their teacher, the Old Memphis Kings have played regular gigs at such notable Mississippi venues as Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern in Starkville and Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. The band touts King’s philosophy of spreading a “message of love and blues healing while not starving in the process.”
The Old Memphis Kings serve as representatives of the musical styles founded in the areas they frequent. Their album “Haven’t You Heard, Vol. 1” is filled with an abundance of blues and rock influenced by the legends who created these genres. The Old Memphis Kings use this album to deliver serving after serving of Delta, Chicago and Hill Country Blues sounds as well as bebopping rock numbers.