MEMPHIS, TN — 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 Memphis quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene in response to their debut album, produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars) and released on Stax Records.
At the core of Southern are Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a skilled, subtle drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple; and keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax’s legendary music academy. Southern Avenue is popping up on festival lineups all over the world, including such heavyweights as SweetWater 420, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Lock’n.