“Keep On reminds us of the power of the ensemble and serves as an important example of how the past can shine a bright light on the future … “Savior,” the latest single from the new collection, offers listeners a glimpse of the collective's soulful and seeking nature.” — Pop Matters

We expect Southern Avenue to make another leap toward fame with their second album, Keep On ... The dynamic outfit has expanded its vision to embrace new musical challenges, and these prodigiously talented young musicians have met them all.” —ELMORE MAGAZINE

Of all the threads of blues and soul woven through this year’s Beale Street Music Festival, few have been more inspiring than Memphis’ own Southern Avenue. From the beginning, they've struck many as marking a watershed moment, not only for their youthful enthusiasm for older forms, but as a flagship act for the briefly revitalized Stax label. Since their first gig in September of 2015, they’ve gone from success to success, to the point where an appearance at Memphis in May’s musical extravaganza is the norm, not the exception.— MEMPHIS FLYER

Toronto, ON – May 10, 2019 –
The boundary-breaking Memphis combo Southern Avenue continues its musical revolution, which began with its debut album on the Stax record label in 2017. The group embodies an effortlessly organic soul/blues/R&B fusion reflecting the band members’ diverse roots.  With its second album, Keep On, released on May 10, 2019 via Concord Records, the dynamic outfit has expanded its gritty style to embrace new musical challenges and a more expansive creative vision.

Southern Avenue combines the talents of a prodigiously talented set of young musicians who bring their individual backgrounds and wide-ranging musical interests to the table, carrying the Southern soul legacy into the 21st century while showcasing the powerful chemistry and electrifying live show that they’ve honed through extensive stage and studio experience. Since the first release, they’ve played in more than a dozen countries, wowing audiences at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Electric Forest and Lockn’.

Guitar phenom Ori Naftaly originally built his reputation in his native Israel before joining forces with deeply expressive Memphis-bred singer Tierinii Jackson and her subtly powerful drummer sister Tikyra Jackson. The band’s lineup is rounded out by versatile keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax Records’ renowned music academy.

Keep On brilliantly captures Southern Avenue’s combustible chemistry, with the emotion-charged energy of such distinctive originals as Whiskey Love, Savior, Too Good for You, and We Are Not So Different, reflecting the players’ evolving talents as well as the influence of the extensive roadwork that they’ve invested in the band. The album was recorded with producer Johnny Black (Jessie J, Daughtry, Estelle) at Memphis’ legendary Sam Phillips Recording, and includes guest appearances by seminal Stax Records artist William Bell, and a horn section comprised of Art Edmaiston (JJ Grey & Mofro, Gregg Allman) and Marc Franklin (The Bo-Keys, Gregg Allman).

Notable upcoming tour stops include the Doheny Blues Festival in Dana Point, Calif. and Dingwalls in London in May; Electric Forest in Rothbury, Mich. in June; Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Ore. and Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, in July; Telluride Blues in Colo. in September; and a Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas run in November with Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The very busy and ever evolving full tour schedule is available below.

May 11 – Natchez, MS – Bishop Gunn Crawfish Boil
May 18 – Springfield, MO – Stomp the Blues of Homelessness
May 19 – Dana Point, CA – Doheny Blues Festival
May 24 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
May 25 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
May 26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
June 21 – Tulsa, OK – Vanguard
June 22 – Pine Bluff, AR – Pine Bluff Regional Park Amphitheatre
June 27 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
June 28 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
June 29 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
June 30 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
July 3 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
July 6 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival
July 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
July 11 – Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand
July 12 – Nescopeck, PA – Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 13 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
July 25 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival
July 26 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival
July 27 – Scranton, PA – The Peach Music Festival
July 28 – Edmonton, AB – Interstellar Rodeo
August 1 – Lander, WY – Lander Live
August 2 – Montrose, CO – Montrose Summer Music Series
August 4 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammothe Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza
August 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Café
August 8 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
August 10 – Burnaby, BC – Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival
August 17 – Roseland, VA – Music in the Blue Ridge
August 24 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Druid City Music Festival
September 12 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
September 13 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues and Brews Festival
September 22 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon and Beyond
October 26 – November 2 – San Diego, CA – Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise
November 6 – Houston, TX – The hObby Center for the Performing Arts
November 8 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
November 12 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
November 14 – San Antonio, Tx – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
November 16 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Center