Brass note, lo­cal show, new EP fill Sykes’ cal­en­dar

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - MUSIC -

It’s shap­ing up to be a busy spring for vet­eran Mem­phis singer-song­writer

Next week, Sykes will of­fi­cially re­lease a new sin­gle, “Come As You Are Beach Bar,” from his forth­com­ing EP “Songs from a Lit­tle Beach Town.” The track has al­ready been get­ting reg­u­lar play on Sir­ius XM’S Mar­gar­i­taville Ra­dio, the sta­tion op­er­at­ing un­der the ban­ner of Sykes’ long­time pal and cham­pion Jimmy Buf­fet.

Sykes’ record is set to be re­leased na­tion­ally April 22. Be­fore that, on March 11, Sykes will be back in the Bluff City to per­form at Down­town venue

(lo­cals will serve as his back­ing band). As part of the event, Sykes will also be honored and pre­sented with a Brass Note on Beale Street.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The Brass Note cer­e­mony be­gins at 8 p.m., with mu­sic to fol­low.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to kei­th­sykes.com.

RAP ON THE CHARTS

It proved to be a big week for Mem­phis rap­per Yo Gotti (pro­filed in last week’s col­umn). The Bluff City vet­eran’s big week pro­mot­ing his new al­bum, “The Art of Hus­tle” —which in­cluded na­tional TV ap­pear­ances and a con­cert cameo by Kanye West — yielded se­ri­ous re­sults. Gotti en­joyed his high­est chart de­but, hit­ting No. 4 on the Bill­board Top 200, by sell­ing more than 61,000 copies of the disc (which also net­ted an ad­di­tional 14 mil­lion stream­ing plays) for the joint CMG/EPIC la­bel re­lease.

Gotti’s pre­vi­ous chart high came in 2013, with his al­bum “I Am,” which topped out at No. 7.

Fel­low lo­cal MC Young Dolph also made an im­pres­sion on the charts with his in­de­pen­dently re­leased new al­bum, “King of Mem­phis.” The disc hit No. 49 on the Top 200, show­ing ma­jor prom­ise for the revered un­der­ground rap­per, who put the record out through his own Pa­per Route Em­pire la­bel.

LIT­TLE ROCK, BIG NAMES

While Mem­phis has its fair share of stars com­ing for con­certs this spring and sum­mer, North Lit­tle Rock’s Ver­i­zon Arena will be host­ing per­for­mances from a hand­ful of other no­table acts that are skip­ping the Bluff City (at least for now).

Those in­ter­ested in see­ing coun­try queen Car­rie Un­der­wood — out on the road with her “The Sto­ry­teller” tour — can catch her April 28 at the Ver­i­zon. Bri­tish pop-metal king­pins Def Lep­pard will ap­pear there on May 11. The Dave Matthews Band will pass through the Nat­u­ral State on May 18. R&B diva Janet Jack­son (who al­ready made a Mem­phis stop a few months back) will play on May 31, and a Steely Dan/steve Win­wood dou­ble bill stops there June 25.

Tick­ets for the con­certs are avail­able at all Tick­et­mas­ter out­lets, tick­et­mas­ter.com or 1-800-745-3000.

LAFAYETTE’S NA­TION­ALS

Over­ton Square’s Lafayette’s Mu­sic Room has ramped up its na­tional book­ing this month, bring­ing a mix of roots acts from out of town and out of state to per­form at the Mid­town venue.

This past week’s sold-out show by Mis­sis­sippi singer-song­writer Paul Thorn will be fol­lowed by a rare Mem­phis ap­pear­ance Thurs­day, March 10, by Ge­or­gia Satel­lites singer Dan Baird (see story on page 6).

Be­fore that, how­ever, Lafayette’s of­fers the lo­cal de­but of ris­ing coun­try star Wil­liam Clark Green, who plays the club at 10 p.m. Satur­day. Re­leased in 2015, Green’s lat­est al­bum, “Ringling Road,” earned crit­i­cal praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, and is help­ing to break this Texas tal­ent na­tion­ally.

Other note­wor­thy acts pass­ing through Lafayette’s in March in­clude Nashville coun­try in­génue Hai­ley Whit­ters (March 14), and the Jeff Austin Band ( March 27), the new pro­ject from the long­time Yon­der Moun­tain String Band man­dolin­ist.

Con­tact Bob Mehr at mehr@com­mer­cialap­peal.com or 901-529-2517

Keith Sykes will launch a new al­bum in April and ac­cept a Brass Note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame on March 11 dur­ing what will be a busy spring for the vet­eran singer-song­writer.

BOB MEHR

MEM­PHIS MU­SIC BEAT

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