Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Brian Blake
Currently based out of North Mississippi near Memphis, Tennessee, Brian Blake is a songwriter who has been active in the Memphis-area music scene for more than 25 years. With musical influences and roots stemming from both Texas and Tennessee, Brian writes heartfelt and thought-provoking folk, Americana, and blues music.
In 2021, Brian was named the Songwriter of the Year by the Memphis Songwriter’s Association for his song “Move on J.D.”. The song, about a homeless World War II veteran, is set in Liberty, Texas where Brian’s family has ties dating back more than 150 years. “Move on J.D.” will be featured on his first full-length album, Book of Life, set for release Fall 2022.
Along with songwriting, which has been his top musical priority in recent years, Brian has performed around Memphis since the mid-1990s. He first picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and by 17, he was turning heads and playing the blues with players 20 to 30 years his senior on Memphis’ storied Beale Street. Over the years, he’s sang and played lead guitar and bass with a number of bands in the Memphis area.
Brian and another Memphis-based songwriter, Tony Manard, organize a Townes Van Zandt tribute show at Lafayette’s Music Room in Midtown Memphis each New Year’s Day. The show has featured a number of up and coming and talented artists in the Memphis songwriting community.
Because of his roots and influences there, Brian has also been establishing a musical presence in Texas, where he still has family and friends. Following the release of his album, Brian plans to tour the region, including in southeast Texas and the Hill Country.
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