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Song Premiere: Southern Avenue “Don’t Give Up”

January 05, 2017

Photo credit: David McClister

On February 24 Stax will release the self-titled debut from Memphis quintet Southern Avenue. The group features church-bred sisters Tierinii (vocals) and Tikyra Jackson (drums), Israeli-born blues guitar acolyte Ori Naftaly, jazz-infused bass player Daniel McKee; and keyboardist Jeremy Powell, a Stax music academy alum. Southern Avenue is the first Memphis band signed to the legendary label since the 1970s.

Today we premiere “Don’t Give Up” from the forthcoming record. Naftaly tells Relix, “Life brings ups and downs. In those hard times you have to remind yourself to keep going. "Don't Give Up" is an anthem of self empowerment. If the song helps just one person, it's a hit in our book."

The group's upcoming tour dates appear below the stream.


Jan 05Lafayette's Music RoomMemphis, TN
Jan 06Duling HallJackson, MSTickets
Jan 12Eddie's AtticDecatur, GATickets
Jan 13Acme Feed & SeedNashville, TN
Jan 14Beale On BroadwaySt Louis, MOTickets
Jan 202017 Sundance ASCAP Music CafePark City, UT
Jan 222017 Sundance ASCAP Music CafePark City, UT
Jan 28Cincinnati Blues FestivalCincinnati, OH
Feb 01Rum BoogieMemphis, TN
Feb 03Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxville, TN
Feb 08Lafayette's Music RoomMemphis, TN
Feb 17Hotel LafayetteMarietta, OH
Feb 18A&R Music BarColumbus, OH
Feb 20Club CafePittsburgh, PATickets
Feb 22Daryl's HousePawling, NYTickets
Feb 23Mercury LoungeNew York, NYTickets
Feb 24MilkboyPhiladelphia, PA
Feb 26Jammin JavaVienna, VATickets
Mar 03Loflin YardMemphis, TN
Mar 10Bottleneck Blues Bar - Ameristar CasinoVicksburg, MS
Apr 2121st SaloonOmaha, NE
Jun 03Smokin' in Steele BBQ & Blues FestOwatonna, MNTickets
Sep 09BIG BLUES BENDERLas Vegas, NV
Sep 10BIG BLUES BENDERLas Vegas, NV

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