Nancy Apple’s Song Slinger Showdown comes to Cooper-Young
Nancy Apple, long time denizen of the Memphis music scene, has brought her nearly world famous Song Slinger Showdown to the Theatre South theater space at First Congo Church.
Scheduled usually for the first Sunday of each month, March marks the third performance in the revamped series, which started at Kudzu’s in 2005. The original Showdown ran once a month for almost four years. DVDs from the old days have aired on WYPL and RFD-TV, “rural America’s most important network.”
The March 3 concert features local favorite Delta Joe Sanders and Sandy Carroll, a former local whose songs have been covered by Jim Dickinson and the late great Luther Allison. The musicians perform in-the-round, song swap style, with Nancy holding down the middle.
April 7 is booked as an all-girls show, featuring Susan Herndon of Okemah, Okla., birthplace of Woody Guthrie, and Voices of the South’s own Virginia Allis Ralph.
Not to be outdone, the boys throw it down at the May 12 outlaws show, with Billy Don Burns, whose posse includes none other than Willie and Waylon themselves, and Memphis maverick R.T. Scott.
“I’m so excited to have such an intimate venue to present these national treasures to Memphis music lovers,” Apple said. “Everyone has been so respectful, which is great for audience and musician alike.”
All shows are family friendly and non-smoking, although Voices does have beer and wine available. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 6:30, with a suggested donation of $10. If you love music but hate bars, you owe it to yourself to check out this uniquely Memphis event!
Sponsors include Stone Soup Café, Young Avenue Deli, Voices of the South, K Haze Reclaimed Art, Shure Microphones, TSS and Amro music.
– Aaron James