Kris Acklen is a 26 year old, multi-talented performer, songwriter, music producer, live sound engineer, and D.J. A native Memphian, he found a passion for music when he began piano lessons as a child. He started out making beats and rapping when he was about 17, and then started DJ'ing at 18. These days he is the live sound engineer at Otherlands Coffeebar.
Walks of Life is a band that reflects a melting pot of genres. Their latest album, "Show Some Love" draws heavily from the alternative hip-hop, indie, and pop genres. If you were looking for a variety in your listening selection, Walks of Life has it.
Shortly after moving to Memphis from Chico, CA, Tyler Melhaff posted an ad on Craigslist looking for musicians. Having never drummed in a band before, but always wanting to, Memphian and LFM contributor Kirk Rawlings answered. They met in a pool hall and jammed few days later. It was hot. Later, glistening in the exhausted afterglow, Tyler laid his head upon Kirk's chest carpet... and that's when they knew it was destiny.
Singer/songwriter/musician, Brad Pounders has been in and around the Memphis music and art scene for over a decade, writing, recording, producing, performing and releasing records with such groups as The Clears (incl. Shelby Bryant and Alicja Trout), Viva’ La American Deathray and Vending Machine (incl. Robby Grant), as well as maintaining his own songwriting career. He has also worked with many notable Memphis music engineers, filmmakers and photographers as well, including Doug Easley, Scott Bomar, Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, Mike McCarthy and Dan Ball.
Pounders’ many releases, both solo and with groups, have been placed in multiple films, as well as receiving both national and international press and airplay from Australia to Poland.
Maggie Louie began touring at the age of 13 with the goth/alternative band Common Myrtle. In 1989 she became the lead singer for the Atlanta-based band Buttermilk. Seamlessly blending blues, rock, jazz, and folk, the band was a southern hit and toured heavily throughout the 90s.
Currently Maggie resides in Memphis!! A writer and photographer (in addition to her lovely musical abilities) - we're glad she's here... so keep an eye out for her!
Sultry, atmospheric singer-songwriter Grace Askew is a striking presence on the local scene as something of a bluesier answer to Cat Power, and a female version of Tom Waits, whom she counts as key influences.
Michelle Bush moved to Memphis four years ago from New Orleans to study classical guitar under Lily Afshar at the University of Memphis. Since then she has become a regular of the Memphis music scene, impressing audiences at venues like Otherlands and Java Cabana. She also teaches guitar lessons at Studio 708.
Michaela Caitlin plays simple yet enchanting guitar melodies that draw you further into her space. Her songs are of love, nature and occasionally even serial killers. Though still a relatively new addition to the Memphis music scene she has numerous collaborations and an impressive catalog of solo work.