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.