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  • Reverend John Wilkins

    Reverend John Wilkins is a gospel blues guitarist and vocalist. He is the son of the influential blues musician Reverend Robert Wilkins, who was famed for the song “Prodigal Son” which the Rolling Stones covered on their 1968 album Beggar’s Banquet. Reverend John Wilkins got his start playing guitar alongside his father at church, and by the age of 9 he was playing for gospel groups around Memphis. Playing both blues and gospel in his teens, he eventually felt he needed to make a choice between the two styles though he still retains blues elements in what he sees as primarily gospel music, letting the more religious based lyrics drive his sound. Since 1985 Reverend John Wilkins has also served as the pastor for the Hunter’s Chapel Church in Como, Mississippi. In 2011 he released an album called You Can't Hurry God.

  • Brian Venable

    Brian Venable is the lead guitarist of Memphis-based rock band Lucero. The group released their debut in 2001, but it was 2005 that was the true breakthrough year for the band. That year they released Nobody’s Darlings, a disc produced by Memphis fixture Jim Dickinson, and director Aaron Goldman put out a documentary on the band called Dreaming in America. With a hectic touring schedule and two additional studio albums over the next few years, the group stayed busy. Most recently in 2012 they put out Women and Work, a record that saw the band experimenting with the addition of a full horn section.

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