by J.D. Reager
This Wednesday night Murphy's will host a rare local solo/acoustic appearance by legendary punk musician Exene Cervenka, member of the seminal Los Angeles band X, as well as the X off-shoot country project The Knitters. The show is a benefit for Memphis music scene supporter and fixture Raven Lorthos, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently facing tremendous financial hardship.
According to Cervenka's website, the songwriter/musician is currently hard at work on an as-yet untitled fifth solo album (a follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Somewhere Gone), but will make a special trip to Memphis just to lend support to Lorthos, a personal friend.
"We did a benefit for Raven about a month ago, but Exene couldn't make it," says local singer-songwriter Mike Dees, who will open the show with Cervenka along with Jason Pulley and D.J. Steve Anne. "This second one was set-up entirely at her (Cervenka's) behest, and she's coming all the way across the country just to do it, which I think speaks to the effect Raven has on people."
w/ Mike Dees, Jason Pulley, & D.J. Steve Anne
Wednesday, November 17, 9 p.m.