The Memphis Radio Kings are a trio who formed in Seattle in the late '90s, made up of lead vocalist/bassist Charlie Beck, lead guitarist Tim Jones, and drummer Tony Leamer. Reminiscent of early-'80s R.E.M. and the Replacements, the Memphis Radio Kings borrow copiously from indie pop, rootsy rock, blues, gospel, and alt-country. They cleverly blend these sounds together into what can best be described as bluesy country-pop.
In 2001, Memphis Radio Kings released their first CD, an eight-song self-titled EP. They released No Band in the Happy Place, their first full-length album, in 2002, after a few "boys' weekends out" in Vancouver, British Columbia's Mushroom Studios. The album was produced by Colin Nairne and was well-received by the local media. Songs from the album were played often on local radio stations and even received airplay as far away as Australia.
Memphis Radio Kings have garnered a loyal following in the Seattle area, in part due to their full schedule of live performances. Readers of The Stranger, Seattle's popular alternative weekly newspaper, picked Memphis Radio Kings to attend the annual South by Southwest music conference in a contest sponsored by the paper.