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Southern Avenue is 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. The band includes sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtly powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israel-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.
The band was founded by Naftaly, who first came to Memphis from Israel to complete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. Inspired, he moved to the city and began touring with his own band before meeting the Jackson sisters and starting over with Southern Avenue. Not waiting for a record deal, they struck out on their own, touring nationally and internationally, finally winning a record contract with Stax Records.
“If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103 FM calls Southern Avenue “the most talked about band in Memphis.”
“Southern Avenue’s debut album is the beginning of a legacy…What we have here, is a young, yet seasoned group of artists, who took everything Memphis has to give, rubbed their own magic on it, and are delivering it to us in a single serving. It’s not blues, soul, Gospel or R&B. It’s all of the above, blended in such a way to create its very own category.” – American Blues Scene
“…a deeply soulful Memphis blues band that’s turning the scene on its head…fiery guitar-led soul rock, with punchy horns, hard-shuffling beats, sparkling ballads and barroom throwdowns.” – Relixwww.southernavenuemusic.com