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Loverly Music: The Singles 1993-1994

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Loverly Music is a small Memphis label that put out 7-inch singles in the early/mid-'90s. The label's catalog is assembled on a two-CD collection, The Singles (1993-1994), and it's further proof of the cultural collision that's defined Memphis music for many decades. Sort of picking up where It Came from Memphis (the companion CD to Robert Gordon's book on Memphis music) left off, this is a fun, boot-stomping collection of some of that Mississippi River city's newest bands: the lonesome cowboy moan of Greg Hisky and his Dixie Whiskey Boys, who sing two Hank Williams songs with full-moon gusto; the hard rockabilly blues of James Eddie Campbell; the versatile voice of Nick Name, who does his best Roy Orbison ("I Love How You Love Me") before switching to Kris Kristofferson ("Why Me"); and bands like Professor Elixir's Southern Troubadours, the Bum Notes (who cover Butch Hancock's "Boxcars"), and the Goosebumps.