That Hellhound Sound

When the Talking Heads' David Byrne sang Memphis/Did I forget to mention Memphis?/Home of Elvis and the ancient Greeks, he was celebrating a major wellspring of Western Civilization — and we're not talkin' about Athens. Memphis, Tennessee, has long been a massive musical incubator, from Booker T. & the MG's to Aretha Franklin and Big Star. Although the Hellhounds hail from South Florida, their family tree's undoubtedly rooted in the blues-drenched Tennessee soil. On the Hellhounds' debut disc, Halfway Between Somewhere and Nowhere, the group's origins are clear from start to finish. The Hellhounds aren't joking when describing their sound as "Memphis Bar-B-Q for your ears." The album was cooked up right in Memphis by none other than executive chef, er, producer, Donald "Duck" Dunn of the MG's. Though based in blues, the Hellhounds draw on many tributaries of the Memphis sound. The band members may exist Halfway Between Somewhere and Nowhere, but their sound never strays far from home.

The Hellhounds play at 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Bamboo Room, 25 S. "J" St., Lake Worth. Admission is free. Call 561-585-2583.

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Mark Keresman