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Gibson.com Gibson Guitar Partners with Venerable D.C. Blues Club to Honor Memphis Gold.
(Friday, February 20, 2009, Washington, DC) Gibson Guitar, the world's premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology will recognize the D.C. based Delta Bluesman Memphis Gold at Blues Alley on March 3, 2009. Bill Wax, host of Sirius XM Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville, will be on hand to present a classic Gibson Custom ES-335 Recognition Award to the singer.
Gibson Guitar is recognizing Memphis Gold for his contribution to the Blues and for his perseverance in getting back to his music after a tragic work-related accident on January 8, 2008. Memphis, a tree trimmer by day, fell 35 feet to the ground crushing his second, third and fourth vertebrae. Told he had only a small chance of walking again, Memphis has overcome tremendous obstacles to make a remarkable comeback with a coveted performance slot with Sly Stone, Harold Melvin's Blues Notes and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at the Heroes Red, White and Blue Inaugural Ball, a February 2009 cover story in Living Blues Magazine and a brand new CD to be released at his award show on March 3.
Issue #147 January 2006
"My father played piano and Wilkins and I played guitar, just the three of us together. Of all my family today,I’m the only one who plays the blues. My brothers and sisters are of the church. When we meet, they ask if I still play the "devil's music". I see it as a job, and I write my songs as stories. I have been married several times and my songs contain a lot of my own experiences."
Cover of Blues and Rhythm Magazine
Issue #233 October 2008
"Memphis Gold stands with one foot in the past and one foot in the present...[he] could be one of the youngest (and one of the last) to have picked cotton on the Dockery and Stovall plantations. Appreciative of his roots, yet too young to be completely anchored in the past, his original music moves forward with funky rhythms, odd chord changes and structures, and his own idiosyncratic view of life."
Cover of Living Blues Magazine
Issue #199 February/March 2009
"What I hear and what I play comes from both sides… It’s a heritage thing, and I want to try to keep it going on, keep it alive in a different form."
Cover of Block Magazine
Issue # 150 Winter 2010
"...and the night was a huge success, with performances by Parliament Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton - who is renowned for his wild live shows - David Banner, Memphis Gold and others..."