Praise for "Memphis" - The Reviews Are In

“We have a blue-eyed soul singer who is now following in the footsteps of her original idol, Mavis Staples, and new ones like Ann Peebles and O.V. Wright.” —ELMORE

“Black’s new record is Memphis, a soulful and swinging collection of seven originals plus three covers of songs by legendary artists Otis Clay, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Ruby Johnson. Released on her own label Reuben Records, the aptly titled album shines a light on Black’s love for the iconic city that has been home to some of the greatest blues, soul, country and rock ‘n’ roll ever produced.” —CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Black has thoroughly absorbed the Memphis sound, incorporating the chugging rhythm, spritely horns, and soulful beats. Meanwhile, her voice and method of interpretation echo the greats like Dusty Springfield, Mavis Staples, and Ann Peebles. And let’s not forget the huge importance of Memphis in the blues world as Black’s music bridges the worlds of blues and soul.” —POP MATTERS

“The record places Black in the mold of gritty soul-blues singers Ann Peebles and Shelby Lynne.” THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL (Memphis)

“Recorded at Scott Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording, the album earns its title with compositions perfectly suited to the Hi Rhythm Section sound… The horns on Memphis are pitch-perfect…he result is a classic Memphis soul stew.” —MEMPHIS FLYER

“Expertly crafted and passionately sung, Amy Black’s Memphis is worth visiting again and again.” —LIVING BLUES

“The closer Amy Black gets to “home base,” the better her music becomes. Memphis is for lovers of the old school, soul sound. It’s for a younger generation too, so they can hear for themselves, what all the hubbub has been about for 50+ years. Trust us when we say you want this one in your collection.” —AMERICAN BLUES SCENE

“On seven originals and three well-chosen covers, Black goes from silky smooth to raw and rough, balancing Saturday-night sultriness with Sunday-morning gospel.” —ELMORE

“A week ago I’d not heard of Amy Black; but I’ve just spent a small fortune buying her back catalogue…and I think you will too.” —THE ROCKING MAGPIE

“The performances are rich and satisfying and the songwriting throughout is quite strong on another solid release from Black. (4 out of 5 stars)“ —ALL MUSIC

“An album steeped in bluesy grooves, brassy grit, and soulful emotion.” —THE DAILY COUNTRY

“Ten songs that embody all the facets of Memphis from the danceable exuberance to the slow sexiness to Sunday morning gospel.”—NO DEPRESSION

“Amy Black has, indeed, delivered a Memphis-worthy album; obviously, a labor of love, which you can feel and hear.  And when it comes to Memphis soul, it’s what counts more than anything else.  So get online – go to a record store – and get a copy of this modern soul stomping classic.  Amy Black has got it going on – and she does Memphis proud…Highly recommended.” —POPDOSE

“Amy Black’s vocals are powerful when required but she’s also learned what many young singers fail to grasp; if you tone things down at just the right moment you can still achieve maximum impact. That’s what the Memphis musicians know and they and Amy combine to make a great team.” —SOUL AND JAZZ AND FUNK

Memphis is a good record. It’s very true to the spirit of Memphis soul.” —INK 19

“She has created not only several odes to the genre’s titans, but also written her own chapter in that city’s fabled musical history. Wherever her musical muse takes her next (Chicago or Detroit seem logical), she’s proven a consistent enough student to make you want to tag along.” —AXS

“As Black affirms here, short of a personal pilgrimage, there’s no better way to sample those sounds than to drop the needle on Memphis in the meantime.” —GLIDE

“I can absolutely say that Amy Black is a Southern soul powerhouse.” —BLUE RIDGE OUTDOORS

“The sound of Memphis plays out the love of Soul music and its history in every note.” —THE ALTERNATE ROOT

“With her last album, Amy Black dipped her toes in soul, covering and recording with the Muscle Shoals Sessions. She heads up the Mississippi River to fully immerse herself in the sound for her latest release, Memphis” —THE ALTERNATE ROOT

“Genuine effusiveness and feeling.” —RECORD COLLECTOR (U.K.)

“What counts the most on an album like this isn’t who did the songs first or even who wrote them, but rather do they nail the listener’s heart to the wall and spread understanding and joy in a time that could use huge dosages of both. Put this one in the alley and call it mission mightily accomplished.” —Bentley’s Bandstand, THE MORTON REPORT

“Black (brings) a rich, authentic Memphis sound and a sense of genuine emotion. It would be easy to come off as a poseur with this kind of ‘retro’ material, but it’s a testament to Black’s real affection for the music that “Memphis” feels so honest and lived-in. It’s transcendent.” — WICKED LOCAL (Massachusetts)

“Black’s songwriting also soon took on the aura of those soul music immortals. Her songs are fresh and new and modern, yet suffused with the sounds and attitudes of those Stax Records and Hi Records artists who made Memphis soul stand out.” —PATRIOT LEDGER

“There’s a precedent for Memphis; Black’s 2015 album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, found her traveling to the venerable Muscle Shoals, Alabama, studios to work with Spooner Oldham, no stranger to Memphis sounds. So triangulating from her home in Nashville was a natural for her. For Memphis she cut tracks at Bomar’s Electraphonic Recording studio and then mixed it at Ardent. And as noted above, a cream of Memphis musicians pitched in to infuse the new record with authenticity.” —BLURT

“All that’s missing is some Church’s Fried Chicken or dried rub BBQ from Corky’s and you’re set for the night.” —JAZZ WEEKLY

“Showcases the vocalist’s deep understanding of the sound and aesthetic of music made decades ago at Stax, Ardent, Sun, Hi and other studios in the Bluff City.” —COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT

“With Memphis, Black uses the city’s musical legacy to make a strong statement on her own,” —ICON

“Bet on Black; she has another winner in Memphis!” —MAKING A SCENE

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“Stunning” —POPDOSE