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The Return of Cat Power?

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Dramatic indie-rock cult songwriter Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) let a lot of Memphians down earlier this year when she suddenly cancelled a concert at the Gibson Lounge that was meant to debut her “Memphis Rhythm Band,” an amalgamation of local musicians (including veterans of Al Green's '70s backing band, Hi Rhythm) with whom Marshall recorded her new album The Greatest. Marshall's publicist cited “health reasons,” but no-one who'd ever seen the emotional tightrope act of a Cat Power solo show - moving or crushingly dull, depending on your perspective - was at all surprised. Well, apparently Marshall has gotten it together enough to re-launch her tour along with Bluff City backing band. No local show scheduled so far, but Marshall and the Memphis Rhythm Band are on the bill for Tennessee's Bonnaroo Music Festival June 16th. In the meantime, you can catch up with all the drama with the Flyer's before and after coverage of the aborted Memphis concert.

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