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Our Honoree: Frank Stokes

Our Honoree: Frank Stokes

Frank Stokes  was an American blues musician, songster, and blackface minstrel, who is considered by many musicologists to be the father of the Memphis blues guitar style.  Stokes was born in Shelby County, Tennessee, in the vicinity of Whitehaven, located two miles north of the Mississippi line. His parents died when he was a child,(…)

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Our Hosts for the Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser:    Mount Zion Memorial Fund

Our Hosts for the Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser: Mount Zion Memorial Fund

  T. Dewayne Moore, Executive Director Non-profit cemetery group that erects memorials for blues musicians, maintains forlorn cemeteries, and advocates for strong legal protection of cemeteries. Hollywood Cemetery and the Frank Stokes event is their first major venture outside of Mississippi.  Welcome to Tennessee!!  Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/blackandbluescemeteries/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/events/1037083906414037/    

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Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser:  Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day:

Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser: Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day:

    This Memphis, TN~area contemporary country-blues guitarist/singer-songwriter’s most recent accomplishments have been daily airplay on XM/Sirius Satellite radio; inclusion as featured artist twice on Dan Aykroyd’s ‘House Of Blues Radio Hour’; and NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘World Cafe’ programs. Coen has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar and vocal(…)

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Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser:  Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day

Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser: Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day

Jason Freeman and Michael Graber of the Bluff City Backsliders Hometown boys that are part of a hard hitting Post-modern, barrelhouse music band. They have played all over Memphis.  We are fortunate to have them with us this Friday night.  Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/bluffcitybacksliders/ and check out more information about Friday night’s events at(…)

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Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser:  Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day

Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser: Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day

Moses Crouch They say he sounds like Bob Marley, R. L. Burnside, Curtis Mayfield, Junior Kimbrough, Marvin Gaye. Now THAT’s an interesting combination.  Some of his recordings are “Falling Down Blues,” “Boom Boom Room,” and “Green-Eyed Monster.”  We look forward to him throwing down with us this Friday night.  Check him out here:  https://www.facebook.com/Moses-Crouch-and-Memphissippi-Medicine-193141220763206/timeline  and(…)

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Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser:  Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day

Frank Stokes Headstone Dedication and Fundraiser: Highlighting One of the Blues Performers Each Day

Eric ‘Scrappy’ Hughes Cascade Blues Association writes: “Chances are if you’ve ever spent any time on Beale Street looking for the blues, you’ve come across the Eric Hughes and his Band. Long time mainstays on Beale, you can usually find them in one of several venues throughout the week. His popularity amongst the performers has(…)

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Calendar Updates:

Calendar Updates:

Thursday   June 16th         Fathers’ Day Wreath Ceremony      CANCELLED **  Thursday   June 30th         Independence Day Ceremony         Starting at Mt. Carmel at 4:00 p.m. – Ending at Hollywood around 4:45 p.m. ** We will be decorating the gates at both cemeteries, but due to schedule conflicts it will need to be done this weekend, but we will not be able(…)

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For Chris…….

For Chris…….

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Memorial Day Salutes:

Memorial Day Salutes:

A very special thanks to Hal Mandelman of Mashuga Marketing, LLC for providing invaluable assistance in installing the Memorial stone for Christine Smith. The sun was very bright and I couldn’t see my phone screen very well.  Looks like I hit the Slo-Mo button in error. 🙂

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UPDATE to Calendar for this Thursday, May 26th

Thursday         May 26th         Memorial Day Tribute to Chris          Between 2-3 p.m. – Laying of marker at Hollywood Cemetery Thursday         May 26th         Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony      At Mt. Carmel around 3:00  Thursday         June 16th         Fathers’ Day Wreath Ceremony         Starting at Mt. Carmel at 4:00 p.m. – Ending at Hollywood around 4:45 p.m. Thursday         June 30th         Independence(…)

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