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Memphissippi Sounds

Aug 14, Sunday - 2:15pm
Blues/Big Easy Stage

Memphissippi Sounds is the partnership of multi-instrumentalists Damion Pearson and Cameron Kimbrough. Hailing from Memphis and North Mississippi, respectively, this dynamic duo bring together musical traditions from American landscapes which are essentially adjacent and also worlds apart. 

 



In Memphis, Damion studied his father’s record collection, which leaned toward George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, and then the sounds of the city’s legendary radio station WDIA—the electrified blues of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and both Sonny Boy Williamsons.

Grandson of blues legend Junior Kimbrough, Cameron brought the original blues of North Mississippi to the duo, along with a taste that included Metallica, Nirvana and Saturday morning Holly Springs “Southern soul circuit blues.”

When they met, Damion realized, “I was having my own kind of feeling and that feeling, once I really honed in on it, just worked with Cam’s type of old-school blues. Like James Brown said, ‘Trust in the one.’ And follow the groove.”

In Memphis, Damion studied his father’s record collection, which leaned toward George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, and then the sounds of the city’s legendary radio station WDIA—the electrified blues of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, and both Sonny Boy Williamsons.

Grandson of blues legend Junior Kimbrough, Cameron brought the original blues of North Mississippi to the duo, along with a taste that included Metallica, Nirvana and Saturday morning Holly Springs “Southern soul circuit blues.”

When they met, Damion realized, “I was having my own kind of feeling and that feeling, once I really honed in on it, just worked with Cam’s type of old-school blues. Like James Brown said, ‘Trust in the one.’ And follow the groove.”