Some readers may recognize the Masqueraders from their many years on Beale Street, often at the Blues City Café, sometimes playing with only a keyboard to back up their sublime harmonies. Others with a historical bent may recognize them as featured artists on rare and collectible singles from the La Beat, Wand, Bell, AGP, and Hi record labels, stretching back over 50 years. You might also know their background harmonies on albums by the Box Tops and Isaac Hayes, and even an LP of their own on Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul imprint.
Either way, you may have done a double take if you happened to see them two weeks ago on NBC's America's Got Talent! It was heartening to see them playing before the huge studio audience, not to mention the millions tuning in on their televisions and devices. I'll let you be the judge, but for once I tend to agree with the celebrity panel: they killed it!
Note that with the judges behind them all the way, they will advance to the "Judge Cuts" rounds, which begin on Tuesday, July 18th. Tune in to see how they fare, and we'll keep reporting if and when they advance through future performances.