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Tribute to Andrew Love (The Memphis Horns)

Here we go again... another tribute show this week on Time for the Blues (6/3/12)--we hate doing them but it’s important that we remember the great artists that pass. This time it’s Andrew Love, fantastic sax player (and half of the duo that headed up the Memphis Horns) who left us in April. We’re jamming the show full of examples of their incredible career!

So, John Porter and I had just started doing Time for the Blues in 2006 and we were so impressed with the Memphis Horns sound that we featured them on our third show! While the Horns started out as the Stax label’s house horn section, they became so legendary that they ended up with their own releases as well as working on sessions for Elvis PresleyU2, Buddy Guy and Jack White (to drop a few pretty impressive names)! We’ll be featuring tracks from their 1995 CD you see pictured!

You probably heard the Memphis Horns and never realized it--but their “fat” sound created a blueprint for blues and R&B in the 60's! We love the term “fat”--they sound so big but they don’t overwhelm the singer or the song! Wayne Jackson (Trumpet, Trombone) and Andrew Love (Tenor Sax) groomed the Horns’ reputation leading a six player horn section that backed up Albert King, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett (among many others) but it eventually became Wayne and Andrew as the trademark for the Horns over years and you’re going to get to hear some of the best work they did with all these artists on the show! Amazingly, the Horns worked pretty much continuously from the 60's through the 90's and into this century!

Unfortunately, Andrew Love was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2002 and retired the next year, but Wayne Jackson has continued the Horn’s tradition and they received a Grammy Lifetime Acheivement Award in 2012! We’re sad to say goodbye to Andrew Love, but we’re hopeful Wayne keeps the Memphis Horns going strong for years to come!

One more treat for you this week--more new tracks from “Soul Shot”, the latest from Curtis Salgado! He has the spirit of Stax’s R&B and soul-shouting so we thought it fit in very well with our theme this week! We’re also going to tease you with a track by rising bluesman JT Coldfire from his new CD “Always and Never”! Some say JT has a Stevie Ray Vaughan sound but that’s not fair... his guitar work smokes, but he has a crunch to his music that really is his own sound--curious? You know what to do...

Grab that nap, put on your jammies and stay up late with us! Make some hot chocalate and popcorn! Save us some! Time for the Blues with John Porter and Henry Cook airs Sundays at 1:00 AM!

Have a favorite horn player we haven’t featured (yet)?  Let us know and we’ll do right by you!