Movie Music: Indie Memphis Connects Musicians and Filmmakers


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Tonight—Friday, Oct 22— the Indie Memphis film festival has scheduled a different kind of meet-and-greet. From 5-7 p.m. Indie Memphis invites regional musicians to stop by Playhouse on the Square to mix with festival filmmakers and celebrate the creation of the Indie Memphis Music Sampler, 2010, a CD collection featuring a variety of local talent ranging from the well known to the completely obscure. The collection—produced on a shoestring budget and distributed to participating filmmakers only—was created to introduce area players and songwriters to the broader filmmaking community.

“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.”

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