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About Bluff City Backsliders

Memphis-based Bluff City Backsliders delivers high-powered, hip-shaking, barrelhouse hoodoo music that's as authentic as it is glorious.

Finger-plucked guitar, high-dollar fiddle, vamping banjos, bottleneck and lap-style resonator guitar, dog-bite mandolin and dulcet kazoo, sliding trombone and growling trumpet or crying clarinet, and stride and strut pianos produce a joyous cacophony of early jazz, jug band, old-time country, and proto-bluegrass sounds. The Backsliders reach from Memphis to Appalachia and all the way down to New Orleans, often all in the same song.

Something archetypal in the band’s music thrills music lovers of all kinds, old and young. Feet stomp. Throats howl. Grandparents dance with grandchildren. Joy abounds.

Featuring an amazing and ever-evolving cast of the region's finest roots performers, the Bluff City Backsliders are a unique musical tour-de-force.

Top Reviews for Bluff City Backsliders

"The Bluff City Backsliders' loving homage to the region is like a little dirt scraped from the fingernail on Robert Johnson's pinky — it contains more strata of soul than an archaeological dig." -- Blogcritics Music

"The Bluff City Backsliders can deliver the soulful, spirited, and often very funny sounds that first made Beale Street famous." -- Memphis Flyer

"If W.C. Handy and Memphis Minnie were still alive, they'd be dancin' hand-in-hand down Beale Street with a devilish fervor. The Bluff City Backsliders are that good!" -- Miles of Music

"In a town with more blues bands than you can shake a porkpie hat at, the Bluff City Backsliders truly stand out as something unique." -- Memphis Commercial Appeal

"Well-timed and unquestionably interesting, the Bluff City Backsliders balance gravity and levity, verisimilitude and the grotesque." -- Blues Revue

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