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Arlington, VA
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Portrait of Memphis 59
With a name lifted from the chronicles of Rock and Roll history,
Memphis 59 is a band that hails from Arlington, Virginia. The band
features singer-songwriter Scott Kurt, Richard Lewis on bass, and
Chris Zogby on drums. Memphis 59’s sound, influenced by artists like
Tom Petty, Keith Urban, and Steve Earle, is described as a combination
of rock, country, and pop. “Ragged but right”, says Grammy-winning
producer John Jennings of Memphis 59’s musical style – a description
the band liked so much that it was adopted as the title of their first
full-length album.

Memphis 59 released their debut CD “Ragged But Right” in 2010 with the
assistance of a trio of Grammy winners who helped produce, engineer,
and play on the record. The album stays true to the band’s
straight-ahead, guitar driven roots rock sound. Featuring 12 original
tracks, “Ragged But Right” was recorded at the award winning Bias
Studios in Springfield, Virginia and produced by John Jennings who is
best known for his work with Grammy-winning artists Mary Chapin
Carpenter, George Jones, Lyle Lovett, and The Indigo Girls.

Since forming in 2008, Memphis 59 has made a noticeable impact on the
Mid-Atlantic music scene by reaching the finals of the Mid-Atlantic
Region Band Battle (more than 130 bands entered), and being nominated
by the Washington Area Music Association as Best Roots Rock Band and
Best Roots Rock Recording for their CD “Ragged But Right”. Recognizing
the importance of giving back to fans and to the local community,
Memphis 59 donates a portion of the proceeds from every CD sold to the
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and frequently plays benefit
shows around the mid-Atlantic region. In addition to headlining shows
in the Washington DC area, Memphis 59 has shared the stage several
times with Academy of Country Music nominee The Randy Rogers Band, The
Clarks, Third Eye Blind, The Gourds, and The Bangles to name a few.
The band is also in regular rotation on WMZQ one of the leading
Country Music radio stations in the Washington, DC area and has also
charted on Radio Free Texas which is the largest online radio station
in Texas.