Album rock super group Wishbone Ash returns to Memphis and Neil’s Music Room on April 22, 2014.
Wishbone Ash is one of those great groups of the late sixties and early seventies that got lost in the transition from Album Rock Radio (AOR) and Classic Rock Radio. Classic Rock claims to be what Album Rock used to be. That is simply not true. Classic Rock plays Album Rock artists but only two or three songs from each artist. Classic Rock also ignores many of the best Album Rock artist like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After and of course Wishbone Ash.
Wishbone Ash is already a part of Memphis music history. In 1972 they did a live broadcast from Ardent Studios over then Album Rock station WMC-FM100. That was at a time when Jon Scott was the king of the Memphis air waves from seven to midnight. He emceed the show during his shift from Ardent. John Fry, the owner of Ardent is very proud of that night and apparently so is Wishbone Ash because there are three songs from that night included as bonus tracks on the Argus CD.
The Memphis bonus tracks are "Jail Bait", "The Pilgrim" and a seventeen minute version of "Phoenix".
In a way it is good that Classic Rock forgot about Wishbone Ash because instead of having three of their songs beat to death, now when we hear their songs it takes us back to a time when things were simpler. When music was not only expressive, but the bands could be unique with their sound. Wishbone Ash’s lyrics were mainly about medieval themes with songs like "The King Will Come" and "Warrior" adding a majestic tone to their music. Their arrangements, with twin lead guitar parts and open spaces for jamming was what made the songs work so well.
Now you can go back to that space in time when Wishbone Ash was at their peak thanks to Neil Hines and Neil’s Music Room. Tickets went on sale yesterday (April 3, 2014) for $30 at Neil’s Music Room 5727 Quince or by calling 901-682-2300. The show will be on April 22.