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About Southern Avenue

BREAKING NEWS: Southern Avenue represented the Memphis Blues Society as a finalist in the 2016 International Blues Challenge!

Originally from Israel, Ori Naftaly leads Southern Avenue, a bluesy/funky/rock 'n soul band now based in Memphis. The band has quickly built support from the international blues community and a worldwide fan base.

Ori Naftaly — founder, producer, songwriter, and lead guitarist — has gained increasing accolades for his wicked guitar licks. Paired with the high-energy, gospel-infused soul of Memphis native Tierinii Jackson and a crack band, Southern Avenue is headlining blues festivals and packing venues around the world.

Ori has shared the stage with some of the best acts in blues, including Tab Benoit, Ana Popovic, Bernard Allison, Shemekia Copeland, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ron Holloway, Marcia Ball, and many more.

For a healthy dollop of international flavor to your down-home blues, check out Southern Avenue.

Top Reviews for Southern Avenue

"Something about the sum of these strangely matched parts works perfectly... (Southern Avenue) seems well poised to transcend the niche blues world they've been inhabiting in favor of a greater commercial destiny." -- Memphis Commercial Appeal

"If this is what blues is like in Israel, we want more! Full of texture, soul, and righteous blues." -- American Blues Scene

"Low and slow like good barbeque. The band rocks it a little funkier than those steeped in the tradition, but you can't call it nothing but the blues. See what the international scuttlebutt is all about." -- Rochester City News

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