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Nancy Apple
Toni Price
Fish Tree Water Blues
I Remember Keith Whitley
The IsoTope Clan
Big Ass Truck
One Word Name

I'm not sure if these would be considered to be part of the Memphis scene or not, they are originally from Martin but are getting gigs in Memphis. This is probably the youngest band I have ever written a spotlight on.

Ernie and Don started mass confusion a year ago this summer. it could have been the boredom or it could have been the heat. Don started playing guitar when he was a mere eleven years old. The math would be mean that he has been playing for four years. Ernie is seventeen and is currently the drummer, he started playing bass but when they couldn't find a drummer he picked up the slack. Ernie's uncle who used to play for TNN got arthritis and couldn't play any more gave him his old set. He used to play in another local punk band that have since spilt and he played trumpet in an old school ska band. Jason is also seventeen and has been playing guitar for about a year now. What's in the name you may ask? Well when I asked Ernie how they got the name he stated that "we're just sticking with Mass Confusion, because that's what we sound like." After I complied all of this information from them, I was informed that they changed their name from Mass Confusion, to (The Band With) The One Word Name. The name was changed to make fun of sellout bands that go by just a one-word name. They go by just "One Word Name". For the most part this is strictly a punk/ska band. They are currently looking for a recording studio to record some originals. They are not looking for a small two or three song demo tape they want to make a full-scale cd.

What does the future hold in store for them? Ernie is a senior in HS and is going away to college in a year. So in a year they will be without a drummer, The rest of the band has already acknowledged this fact. Ernie stated that they would look for a replacement but will more than likely just fade away.

So the point is to see this band before they fade in college! Go to Martin and see them or better yet book them in you home town. They play cheap.

you visit their page at: One Word Headquarters.

Copyright: Eve Morris and Memphisrocks Dot com

It may be their first release on Peabody records but It certainly won‘t be their last. Big Ass Truck has mounted together to release their 4th full-length record. That’s not counting the solo record by the vocalist and lead guitarist, Robert Grant.

I was shocked and glad in the same breath to see a cover of "nine bullets" a Drive By Truckers anthem on this album. Only Big Ass Truck could do justice to it, the Truckers would be proud. By far one of the best tracks, "Queenie come clean", is a mixture of rock with scratching vinyl. Speaking of Mixes, one might be stumped while trying to explain the gender in which Big Ass Truck or collectively known by fans as BAT, would be categorized. Is it funk? Is it Techno? Is it Rock? What is it? If you ask me plain and simple, it’s Memphis Music, enough said. A different out take of  "Queenie Come Clean" can be found on the compilation record entitled "Memphis ain’t like it used to be." The record was released in 95, I believe, on Memphibian records. It spotlights some of Memphis’ most promising stars and also benefits the habitat for humanity.

Back to the music. There seems to be quite a few instrumentals on this record, I guess you would consider them instrumentals, there is lots of sound effects throughout the entire record. There is an array of catcalls in "Yums" or maybe you would favor the dialing of phone numbers in "Portuguese Man O’ War"? "The March of the Dirty Razors" yet another instrumental in the classic march sound, lets of a dark mysterious mood.

The record's line up consists of some notably fantastic players amongst other things. Robert Barnett is the one keeping the backbeat going strong, and even a little guitar of "Yums." The scratches you hear on the old vinyl is the one and only Colin Butler. Robert Grant does the vocalizing and six strings. Andrew Liposcak is the quick tick beat keeper on the bass, and I might add he also played with the voice mutilator.

Steve Selvidge vocalized "Taylor Mississippi" and "Here We Go", he also wrote them. Selvidge played guitar and keyboards for the rest of the CD. I personally favor Selvidge’s vocals, he has that tenor voice that is perfect for Big Ass Truck. Special appearances by local favorite Ross Rice also spiced it up, he played organ and clavinet on a few. Ross released a solo CD a while a go and he was playing in a local band Viva Satellite but they have since spilt. Rice has been playing in Kim Richey’s road band more recently.

Other notable songs on the album are "Who Let You In Here?" complete with voice distortion. Through distortion it’s hard to make out lyrics but then again that’s what makes it great. "Rascacielo", spotlights Luther Dickinson on slide guitar, this is another instrumental. In my humble opinion Big Ass Truck is it in for the long haul, this is a wonderfully produced and recorded record. They are certainly one of the best in whatever genre they are considered, you choose.

Copyrighted 1999 Eve Morris/Memphis Rocks Dot Com

Most band names aren’t something near and dear to the members. It's just something be known by as one well “long4thday" has a deeper meaning to the band, and more importantly to Chris Wilhite. The twenty-one year old, lead vocalist and guitarist went on a Christian retreat back in January of 1994 called Chrysalis. Chrysalis was 3 days long and changed his life dramatically. In the Chrysalis community the rest of your life is referred to your "4th Day". So after many bands that broke up and bombed and he decided to start over they decided to name the band “long4thday”, to signify the commitment of the band and to each other.

Chris Started playing in the band manover, 5 long years ago. Before Manover came to an end Chirs met up with the ex-front man for Merrill, Jason George. Jason was in need of a guitarist at the time. Chris was invited to come along, there he meet up with Freddie Bargiacchi and Charles Pinkham. At the time Freddie was the Bassist and Charles was on drums for Jason, who was of course the vocalist. Merrill played about town and got the honor of going on a small tour in Willie Nelson’s old bus. Soon enough the members began to feel Jason’s pull toward what he wanted and not what the band wanted. Charles, Chris and Freddie packed their stuff and left Merrill. After the three got together and worked out some written songs they asked guitarist David Kemp to join them. David was once a member of local bands such as Yellow-5 and Lockdown. The new band was formed and creatively named Charlemagne which means Charles the great, in reference to drummer Charles Pinkham. Charlemagne parted due to college factors, Chris being older than the others was going into college while the others were still in high school.

Two years passed, Chris stated “I was at a local show and started remembering what it was like to just be up on stage. It didn't matter if you only had 9 people listening to you, you were having fun.” Chris called up what was left of the old band, Charles now being eight-teen years old and Freddie now being twenty. David had left town and became more hardcore, so the search was on for a new lead guitarist. With direction from band members of further, Chris found Kevin Pease. Pease, who is a graphic design major at u of m, had some local experience too. He played two years with 50.august and released an album entitled, ASE. Chris and the other members were blown away by, Kevin’s writing and playing ability. “long4thday” with newly written material and a lot of things behind them are now playing the scene.

Trust me these are things that matter, It’s about what it means to the people who make it and I assure you this band is out for a good time and to make music you can relate to.

You or your friends can check out the official
Long4Thday website


Influenced by Emo, Christian Punk, and Jazz Willy10Speed is a new up
and coming project, with a very promising future. This band formed
from Kayla in June of “98” which is if you may remember being the
5-piece band fronted by a female singer. Things didn’t work out and
three people spilt the band, leaving Ben Hardy and Duane Craig. They
met up with Evan Wilons who had worked with Protocol as the bassist
and after the rearranging of players; Duane was now on bass and Evan
on Drums and Ben singing and on lead guitar. During a long bout with
depression after a break up of 2 years, Ben wrote most of
Willy10Speeds material, focusing all of his creative energy into
writing songs paid off. Ben Hardy started playing guitar 6 years ago;
he soon started a ska/punk band called the Fisticuffs, which over
time fell apart. An Emo band called Herway was Ben’s next focus.
Herway gigged around for about a year then Ben formed Kayla, which is
now Willy10Speed. Ben is the guy credited for bringing most of the
Emo bands into town like JimmyEatWorld, Camber,
Juliana Theory, Burning Airlines, and Fireside.
(when you see him, thank him!) Now what does hardcore and jazz have
in common? Everything. Just ask Evan. He started out playing Jazz and
still does to this day. Because of this he became very technical in
his playing style which is a character of 10speed’s sound. Duane
started playing in a Christian punk band named Lucidsmile, which over
time too fell apart. When Kayla formed he joined on guitar. Though it
was unexpected his move from guitar to bass proved to be quite
promising. Duane is credited as being the older, wiser, cynical one
of the band . Willy10speed had already experienced local success by
playing with the likes of ninety pound wuss and JimmyEatWorld. June
the 22nd Willy10speed is releasing a four-song demo tape
entitled "Things You Lose". The songs include Midnight, Nowhere Left
To Go, Euthanasia, Lavender, and Palace. You can pick it up at a show
or order it direct through the band.
Visit 10speed's page at

This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris, and Memphis Rocks Dot Com, all rights reserved.

After seeing the local Memphis scene explode with wonderful talent
like Lockdown, Whalebone, and 11:29 Gote and Weezil, who had been
friends for 7 years decided in September of 98 they wanted to be part
of it. Marty and Weezil had grown up together so naturally they
asked him to join. The embryo of Isotope was developed. A few months
later Marty found out his co-worker at Johnny Rockets, Zilkha, had
some hidden talents also. They asked Zilkha to front the now a four-
piece band. With a fresh young and energetic line-up containing
Gote on bass coming in at a whopping 16 years old, Weezil on guitars being
16 years old also and Marty providing a steady back beat and Zilkha
kicking out the vocals both being almost 18, Isotope was ready for
the scene. After a year of gigging and writing some original material
they found out their name had already been copyrighted, so in May of
99 they were forced to change their name to The Isotope Clan, Same
great music, just a different name. They are most noted for their
live performances, it’s been said “If you haven’t seen Isotope live
you haven’t seen them at all.” I’m not going to bother to compare
them to some of the talentless mainstream rock bands, because this is
nothing like the things you have heard before, as a matter of a fact
one of the many many motto’s behind the band is "We try to make
original music. If it meant no one liked it but it was original, to
me it is better than doing the same thing everyone else has done just
to please people I don't care about anyway." I think the rest of the
band would agree with Weezil on that one. I highly recommend you get
off your lazy bum and go to a live showing of one the most talented
bands in the Midsouth area.
you can hear Isotope Songs, above or visit
Isotope's page

This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris, and Memphis Rocks Dot Com,
all rights reserved.

I remember Keith Whitley
Eve Morris

I first heard Keith Whiitley when I was a small child my mom
would listen to LA to Miami over and over in the car, being the
young child I was and always going against everything mom did , I
of course hated it and wanted to put poison in. I remember the
day I started liking his music very vividly, we were driving
through town and when we passed the radio station the song came
on it was Miami My Amy I finally caught the irony in the song
itself and fell in love with it. I remember when they put the
black ribbons on the lamp post, I remember watching the news,
I remember every bit of it although I didn’t understand,. Later
mom lost the tape
Keith and His mom Faye
I grew older and fell into the wrath of the
80’s glam bands. When I was 12. I was a local dance see around
here every fire department has a dance on Saturday night . well
I was down there and the band played “don’t close your eyes”, I
fell in love with it! I asked my friends who sang it they didn’t
know. I asked mom and she remembered Keith Whitley . I ran out
and got the greatest hits and when I heard Miami my Amy I
remembered all of it and that it was the same person because over the
years I had forgot the singers name, but I could never forget the music.
And since I was 12 ive been on the Keith Whitley crusade
Spreading his memory to all who care to listen. Though I don’t
play country music and though I may stray to other music and genders
When it comes down to it I always come back to Keith. The emotion
that he can convey with in his music is overwhelming . The guy could
sing a doctor Seuss book and bring me to my knees.
Keith and a girl
That’s my story, from being too young to understand to understanding
way too much.
And on my end Keith is missed very much, I regret taking for granted
the talent when death was beyond my understanding.
greatest Hits cover
Also check out my
Keith Whitley page

This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris, and
Troy Elder, all rights reserved.


Before we go any further lets get a acquainted with Further
Jason Babin on Guitar/Backing vocals studied classical violin for
over 10 years, but later found his calling, Aggrock? Starting young
like most guitar GOD’S do, Jason began playing at the tender age of 15.
After the spilt of his first band union, he experimented with others
and then joined up with Loudermilk, Which he stayed with for 2
years. Most of the songs on Loudermilks last release, “Kills” was
written by Babin, Well how did Babin end up with further?
Loudermilk spilt and Babin decided to join/move on to better
things. Jake Cook does the vocals after allowing others to lead
in vocals in his past bands that fell apart he decided that the
vocals was his in Further. His past bands were Union (With
Babin), Dashsix, and southdown, Cook writes most of Further’s
lyrics to add to the dark and manic nature of Babin’s and
Further’s altogether. Chris Mitchhell switched over to bass
during the absence of Umsted then back to guitar where he resides
today. Mitchell was once part of the downstream project where he
was the vocalist and guitarist. At the time further was a small
three-piece band and he joined thicken the sound.
Patrick Umsted is an original member of further being the key
songwriter in 206 and Down by Association. He moved for a while in
which brought Mitchell on bass, he now has moved back to Memphis,
and Joined back up with Further. Backing the Band up is Jason
Lefkowitz Cook and Babin met Leftkowitz while working in the
Southdown Project. Jason is also a producer in his very own
professional studio,
Jason has never had any instruction on his drums techniques, every
bit of it comes naturally…

Visit Further's Site at

This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris,
Memphis Rocks Dot Com, all rights reserved.

Nancy Apple's Release HIGH ON THE HOG

The Cadillac Cowgirl as she is also known
Nancy combines country with a flare of upbeat folk/rock,
you can also sense some Lucinda Williams in there
Apple is also a great writer. Every song on the cd
is either written or co-written by her
teaming up with writing giants like Keith Sykes...
and the song
"gunshy " came out of that
keith sykes
Keith sykes (right)

songs like wishful drinking immortalizes what its all about

--if money is the root of all evil then I must be a saint--

whether she's singing about
--kissing cousins with Jesse James

or her --Cadillac man...
its all good

this is truly one of the most talented people in Memphis she really stays true to her heart.
this is a person that worked hard to get where she is
and has a rare talent
and knows how to use it
a true original... its a must, to see her live
her live show are packed with full fledged energy that only Nancy can possess
and of course buy the CD a proud owner of it and it never leaves my player..

----Eve Morris


This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris

Fish Tree Water Blues Various Artists
Bullseye Blues and Jazz
BEYE 11661-9616-2

Making music for a good cause.
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund’s
campaign has sent out this record to
help benefit saving wild salmon,
ancient forests and free flowing waterways. Wondering what exactly is
Earth justice defense is about? The album is also CD-ROM enhanced
giving a short overview of the needs and goals of this organization.
Containing five unreleased songs, some were
written specially for this album. J. J. Cale’s “Stone River” being
one of those. From Little Plastics Castles is “Fuel” by Ani Difranco.
“Fuel” is actually a poem that was recorded over the band’s jam
session it’s about creating a fuel for change – and how everything
we do is fuel for the big fire in the end.
She has been noted as the lyrical genius of the nineties. She even
started her own recording label, Righteous Babe Records. It
seems everyone is ready to point fingers when it comes to the shape
Mother Nature is in, but Keb’ Mo states it very clearly that we are
the only ones to blame in “Victims of Comfort. “The Road You
Choose” brings together two great instrumentalists, the jazz
saxophonists Branford Marsalis and blues guitarists Joe Louis Walker.
Together they bring a great message about living your life
for yourself, not worrying about the other guy or what he’s got,
reading the fine print, playing your own hand and being
nobody’s fool. John Lee Hooker learned to play guitar
sitting in Mississippi forest so it would make sense for him to
get involved with this organization. Hooker teams up with
John Hammond for “Highway 13” Hammond has been an active supporter
of environmental issues for many years now. Nearly 30 years ago
Tracy Nelson recorded “Mother Earth” but still to this day the meaning
is as clear as can be, “I don’t care how rich you are, I don’t care
what you’re worth. When it comes down, you’ve got to get back to Mother Earth.”
Roomful of Blues with a new lineup pulls out “Blue Blue World”
which was written by guitarist Chris Vachon. Another song recorded
for this album and unreleased on any other would be Mavis Staples
version of the traditional gospel song “I’ll fly Away” with
Melvin Seals on Hammond B-3 organ. Alvin Youngblood Hart also
has an exclusive version if “Rollin’ River” along with The Robert
Cray Band delivering a live rendition of “The Forecast (Calls For Pain)”.
Loudon Wainwrigth III asks the question of how much is
our progress really worth? On “Hard Day on the Planet”.
Ruth Brown covers Johnny Otis’ “Ice Water in Your Veins.
The live recording of The Eagles’ “Take it to the Limit” is transformed
by Etta James into a song that celebrates the
perseverance of life and giving life all you can. Charlie Musselwhite
joins RatDog on Al Green’s “Take Me to the River”, Musselwhite
grew up along the Mississippi, he states that Clean water and
healthy forests are the natural state of things and should be
preserved for posterity.
Great Artists from many different genres
coming together for a good cause and making great music,
is what this album is about.
Just how important is our natural state of earth?
Just ask anyone of these artist.

Soulful songs for Mother Natures soul.
You can visit Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund’s Web page at

This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris, and Blues On Stage, all rights reserved.

Don't expect this hot act to come to a town near you unless of
course you live in Austin Texas. Every Tuesday at the continental
club she plays to a packed capacity of 200. She has also been
racking up the awards including Female Vocalist of the Year
(1994, 95, 96 & 97), Album of the Year (Hey) Song of the Year
(Tumbleweed) and Blues Artist of the Year. With songs like the Bonnie
Raitt ditty "Out The Front Door" to "Why Is Love Like That" (by
Charlie Brown, who passed away earlier in the year) this record
is bound to be nominated for another album of year.
Price was born in Philadelphia but when she was five she moved to
Nashville, where in 1989 she left for Austin. At age 10
she "changed" her name to Toni, before then she had been known as
Luiese Price. The change took place after her debut performance where
she sang "One Tin Solider," and told the announcer her name was
Toni. Since then she's been known as Toni Price although she only
legally changed her name when she was 21.

On her fourth release most of the songs are either written by
Charlie Brown which is understandably Price's favorite writer or
Gwil Owen, who Price met while playing with a local Nashville
band, Mel And The Party Hats. Price doesn't write her own songs
claiming writing isn't in her soul. But obviously the heartache
and loss of love that this album represents is in her soul with
lyrics like "can't hear nothing but the sound of the door
slamming shut" in the title track "Lowdown And Up." "Loserville
Blues" shines a little light on losing all of it while "Why Is
Love Like That?" adds somewhat of a more comical tinge to it with
shoeshine Charlie (Brown) opening the track with some words of
wisdom. I would recommend this album for someone with a more
folksy taste in music considering that the whole record is done
acoustically. But overall the quality of this record is pretty
amazing and everyone at some point can relate to it all.

You can order the CD through Toni at P. O. Box 650080 Austin, TX, 78765

or visit the Toni Price website at
This review is copyright 1999 by
Eve Morris, and Blues On Stage, all rights reserved.