Few Memphis musicians are remembered as fondly as Sid Selvidge, who passed away from a lengthy battle with cancer in early May. Coming up on Tuesday, the city will remember him with a memorial concert at the Levitt Shell. Appearing onstage will be Crawpatch, John Kilzer and The Way Band, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Sons of Mudboy (with special guests). There will also be film clips of Sid and friends throughout the years.
Sid’s career in folk music spanned decades, but he always managed to keep himself out of the limelight. True to himself, he created music that he loved and held on to this uncompromising approach to his career. Most recently, he has released a handful of albums on Archer Records and was last on tour in 2010 promoting “I Should Be Blue.” A former professor at Rhodes College, Sid also helped found Beale Street Caravan, an internationally broadcast blues program, for which he served as executive producer.
Sid’s legacy lives on through his extensive body of work and effortless talent. Here’s Sid performing with his son, Steve, also an incredible Memphis musician:
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