f8inmemphis This green-glazed brick building with cast-iron columns and copper-clad bay windows at 306 Cherry St. in downtown Helena, Arkansas, housed the Black Diamond Drug Store from about 1890 until the 1920s, then became Bradfield Printing Co. 1d

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f8inmemphis Billy Joe Shaver brought his songs about hell-raisin', drinkin', lovin' and losin' to Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge in Midtown Memphis tonight. There's a reason Willie Nelson considers Shaver the best songwriter alive today -- his tunes are that good. 2d
  •   clivejd Must check him ! 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @graffarid Thanks! 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @rlmegan He really is; Bob Dylan doesn't cover many songs written by others, but he does sing Shaver's "Old Five and Dimers Like Me." 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @vivalasvegaslorrie Definitely, Lorrie 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @thejamiedarling He's written lots of great stuff, witness Waylon Jennings' Honky Tonk Heroes album, almost all songs written by Shaver. 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @clivejd His songs pretty much launched the whole "outlaw" country thing 2d
  •   maritahodges Thank you so much, Mike. I was gonna if you said "oh, I just use my iPhone! 1d
  •   f8inmemphis @maritahodges Haha! No, the iPhone is good, but in low light even the 5s struggles ... and its wide-angle lens doesn't have much reach in a concert situation. 1d

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f8inmemphis Musical things ... in downtown Helena, Arkansas. 3d

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f8inmemphis Lucero bassist John C. Stubblefield wades into the crowd in front of the stage during tonight's show at Levitt Shell. 4d

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f8inmemphis Lucero plays to a big hometown crowd tonight at Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis. 4d

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f8inmemphis Hank Williams III onstage tonight at Minglewood Hall in Memphis. 5d

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f8inmemphis Just a portion of a mural on the levee wall in downtown Helena, Arkansas, illustrates some of the many who have contributed to the city's rich musical heritage. From left:
-- "Sunshine" Sonny Payne, longtime host of King Biscuit Time, the legendary radio program broadcast on KFFA 1360 AM in Helena, a show that's done much to popularize blues music.
-- Bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson II, who frequently played the King Biscuit Time show.
-- James Cotton, a harmonica player, singer and songwriter who played with Wiliamson, Howlin' Wolf and many others.
-- Levon Helm, drummer and a lead vocalist for The Band, who grew up in nearby Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, and cited KFFA programming as an early influence.
The mural was created by artist Larry Spakes.
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f8inmemphis High atop an old building that once housed a Montgomery Ward store in downtown Helena, Arkansas, is this artful emblem in tile. Based on an earlier sculpture and known as the “Spirit of Progress,” the emblem appeared on many of the mail-order retailer's stores in the 1920s and '30s and also was depicted in a bronze statue at Montgomery Ward’s main offices in Chicago. The Helena store closed in the 1970s, but the old Ward's symbol remains. 1w

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f8inmemphis New Hope Missionary Baptist Church was established on April 28, 1918, near Estill, Mississippi. I've shot a lot of rural churches in the past three years, but this is my favorite. Wanted to try a #bnw re-edit from my visit there early last year. 1w
  •   tiff_greer Yes! We have tons of old buildings and run down places to shoot. plus the best sunsets you'll ever see. Nothin' like a delta sunset over a field. @f8inmemphis 1w
  •   f8inmemphis @tiff_greer You're preachin' to the choir there, Tiff ... agreed, agreed and agreed! 1w
  •   dkwhist Gorgeous piece of history! Did you make it inside? 1w
  •   iflashpr Beautiful! 6d
  •   cgmccall Killed it! 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @dkwhist A belated thank you, Darla ... And no, it was locked securely, but I would love to see the interior some day. 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @iflashpr Thanks much there, Willo! 2d
  •   f8inmemphis @cgmccall Thank you kindly, Cheryl! 2d

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f8inmemphis Um, I've heard of one-stop shopping, but ... #wtf? (Found near West Helena, Arkansas.) 1w

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f8inmemphis Sun Studio was originally called Memphis Recording Service when it was opened by Sam Phillips on January 3, 1950. (See previous posts.) 1w

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f8inmemphis A Sun Studio tour guide talks with visitors just outside the window separating the business office from the recording studio at what once was Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service. The walls of the legendary recording studio are lined with 1950s-vintage acoustic tile -- and dozens of photos of Sun Records stars like Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rufus Thomas, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash ... oh yeah, and some guy named Elvis. 2w

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f8inmemphis Sixty years ago this week, Elvis Presley's first hit song, "That's All Right," was broadcast by WHBQ disk jockey Dewey Phillips from this booth at the Hotel Chisca in downtown Memphis. The radio booth has been moved and is now the newest exhibit at Sun Studio, where Elvis made the recording on July 5, 1954. The song was first broadcast on July 8, 1954, and DJ Phillips got such a response from listeners that he ended up playing the song more than a dozen times that night. The old Hotel Chisca is being renovated to become apartments and retail space. 2w

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f8inmemphis The Cleburne Hotel on Cherry Street in downtown Helena, Arkansas, is boarded up now, but for years there's been talk of restoring it. The hotel was built in 1905, and this ghost sign near its front entrance describes some of its amenities. The hotel had two floors of rooms and a barber shop, tailor's shop, gentleman's furnishings store and bookstore on the ground floor. It was named after Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne of Helena. The town is on the Mississippi River about 80 miles south of Memphis. 2w

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f8inmemphis A guitar-slinger's evening commute ... on Beale Street in downtown Memphis. 2w

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f8inmemphis Green, mindless, unkillable ghosts.
In Georgia, the legend says
That you must close your windows
At night to keep it out of the house.
The glass is tinged with green, even so…
-- From the poem “Kudzu," by James Dickey
... (Found near Helena, Arkansas)
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f8inmemphis Mississippi Boulevard and Saxon Avenue, in South Memphis. 2w

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f8inmemphis Helluva Fourth of July fireworks show set off tonight from the parking lot next to the Buccaneer Lounge, one of the finer dive bars in Midtown Memphis. The display drew a crowd of several hundred folks. 2w

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f8inmemphis Here's my take on one of the most-photographed scenes in Midtown Memphis lately, the demolition of the old Belvedere apartment building to make way for a new, bigger Kroger store. I shot this from across Union Avenue through the arches outside Idlewild Presbyterian Church. 3w

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