by J.D. Reager
This Sunday, May 23rd, at 3 p.m., friends and family of musician Harry Peel will assemble for a benefit show and celebration at the Blue Monkey (Midtown) in honor of the renowned local drummer.
Peel, a 30-year veteran of the music industry who has performed with Little Feat, Loretta Lynn, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, just to name a few, was recently scheduled to undergo heart surgery and will be unable to work for some time. All proceeds from the show will help defray some of the costs associated with Peel's surgery and recovery.
Performers scheduled to appear at the show include a litany of Peel's longtime musical cohorts, such as Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, John Kilzer, Susan Marshall, Pawtuckets, Rob Jungklas, the Riverbuff Clan and Reba Russell, as well as Star & Micey, Dave Cousar, and the emerging pop/soul artist Ryan Peel, who also happens to be Harry's son.
“It means a lot to the whole family,” says Ryan Peel, referring to the benefit show. “I've been getting calls from everyone offering to help and asking how my dad is doing. We're just very grateful that people remember and appreciate him.”
Donations in the form of cash or a check made out to Harry Peel will be accepted at the event, a $5 minimum donation is suggested. Donations are also being accepted via mail c/o the Memphis Music Foundation, 431 S. Main #201, Memphis, TN, 38103.