Despite the global pandemic, Southern Avenue is keeping busy. Last week, the Memphis blues outfit announced a Halloween concert at City Winery in Atlanta, as well as signed a new record deal with Renew Records/BMG.
Since coming off their 2020 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their sophomore album Keep On, the band has kept the momentum rolling. Southern Avenue is currently holed up at Memphis Magnetic Recording with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Susan Tedeschi) working on a new record, due out in mid-2021.
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Since releasing their debut album on Stax Records in 2017—the first Memphis act signed to the label in over 40 years—Southern Avenue has proved itself to be a touring juggernaut. Playing over 150 shows a year and performing in 15 countries on three continents, even the global pandemic couldn’t slow them down. The socially-distanced Southern Avenue Halloween show at City Winery will continue the group’s commitment to live performance, but within the confines of all necessary public health measures. Parties of between two and six guests will sit together at distanced tables, have their temperatures checked upon entry as well as complete a wellness survey, and don masks when entering the venue and moving about the facilities.
As for the record deal with Renew Records/BMG, it is merely the latest mile-marker in a breakout stretch for the band.
“To say that this year has been challenging is a gigantic understatement,” founding member and lead singer Tierinii Jackson said in a statement. “We’re so thankful for the team at Renew/BMG for believing in us and our music, now more than ever. We can’t wait to share our best album yet with y’all and hope that it has as strong a healing effect on listeners as it does on us making it.”
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