Photo by David McClister
DRUM! presents Southern Avenue’s public premiere of “It’s Gonna Be Alright” from the Memphis band’s forthcoming self-titled album.
“This song resonates with me in a way that no song ever has before,” says drummer Tikyra Jackson. “So many aspects of my life, my comfort zone, are changing…but every time I hear that melody, sing those lyrics, I feel a bit more uplifted. It is truly a beautiful message that no matter your age, your situation, your circumstances, it’s gonna be alright!”
Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own.
Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle, powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band’s newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax’s legendary music academy.
The band members’ diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys.
But it’s Southern Avenue’s own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as “Don’t Give Up,” “What Did I Do,” “It’s Gonna Be Alright,” “Love Me Right” and “Wildflower.” The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles’ Memphis soul classic “Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love.”
Find more information about Southern Avenue at www.southernavenueband.com.