by Chris Davis
“We tried to make the sampler as culturally diverse as we could,” says Indie Memphis volunteer Aaron James who partnered with singer/songwriter Nancy Apple to collect the music and assemble a package.
“We tried to make it as culturally diverse as possible,” James says. “We’ve got everything on here from orchestral pieces to hip hop by the Teflon Don.
The sampler lists a bit toward Memphis’ rootsier artists with standout tracks like Chris Owen’s minimal “Be Still,” “Fireball,” Davy Ray Bennett’s revved up folk rocker, and “Tutwiler,” a funky slice of keyboard-driven soul by The Grip.
"Tutwiler" by The Grip
“Nancy brought a lot of credibility to the project,” James says, impressed by the depth of his partner’s connections within the Memphis music community. “At one point we realized we didn’t have a good hip hop track so she got on her cell phone and called Teflon Don who sent an Mp3 right away.”