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A blues legend’s confessions carry decades of wisdom.
Jon Sparks and I partnered to put together this package together about Bobby Rush. Bobby is reflecting on his days on the Chitlin CIrcut, black history, civil rights, the music business and what he has learned from his friends over the years.
The Memphis Ukulele Flash Mob is a ukulele club in Memphis, Tennessee that meets on Tuesday evenings at Central BBQ on Summer Ave between 6-8. The leader of the club is a colorful Memphis character named Pete McCarty, AKA Petey Mack. Everyone is welcome. We have members as young as 5 and visitors as old as 92. On occasion people passing through town stop in and play and sing along.
On occasion we get out in to the community to play for children, the elderly and parades.
Please refer to our Facebook page for current status. We meet most every week, but on occasion, we miss one for a variety of reasons.
While our weekly play-a-longs are free, we ask for voluntary donations and put any money raised towards a ukulele festival we hope to host in 2019.
As a photojournalist in Memphis, I have covered Jerry Lee Lewis many times over the years. I moved to Memphis in the late 80's and I have always enjoyed watching Jerry Lee Lewis perform. I consider myself a fan as well.
I was originally introduced to him by my fellow coworker Jim Kingsley, who has since passed away. Jim who was a stereotypical newsman, was also in the inner circle of Elvis Presley. Jerry was married to his sixth wife Kerry Lynn McCarver at the time. I remember Lee (Jerry Lee Lewis lll) as a toddler.
Lewis is passionate about his music and loyal to his fans.
I have photographed him in clubs, festivals, on Donald Trumps yacht and have been lucky enough to visit his ranch many times. I watched him get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I watched the IRS remove his piano from his home when he owed back taxes.
Jerry Lee has lived a turbulent life and he has a wild reputation. While I admit he is a bit of a flirt, I can say my personal experience with him has been that he has always been a kind man and a gentleman, each and every time I have interacted with him. It has always been my pleasure to photograph him.
I recently watched him bring in the new year once again at age 82, at his namesake club, Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe and Honky Tonk on Beale Street in Memphis. I realized what an honor it has been to cover him for 30 years. I still get a kick out of watching him and he still gets a kick out of playing for his fans who come from all over the world to see him. You can see in the video that he stills smiles at the end of Great Balls of Fire, his signature song that he must have sung thousands of times since it was a hit in the 50's.
I have decided to share a glimpse of my photo collection in this photo gallery (above) and share a current video in this blog space below.
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Photojournalism photo exhibit by Memphis Photojournalist Karen Pulfer Focht/Read More
Lisa Marie Presley most graciously greeted her father’s fans at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee on the 40th anniversary of his death. Fans lit their vigil candles as she thanked them for their devotion to her father. (Photo by Karen Pulfer Focht/Reuters©)
Forty years ago, Aug. 16, 1977, the world became all shook up when news broke about the unexpected death of Rock and Roll star Elvis Presley, of Memphis, Tennessee. Since then, fans and pilgrims flock to Memphis from all over the world, every August, for what has become known as "Elvis Week." With this, the 40th anniversary of his death, Elvis Presley Enterprises will show off many changes and renovations that have taken place at Graceland, the Presley home, and the entertainment complex. The new Guest House at Graceland is also now open with 450 hotel rooms. Photo gallery below.
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Willie Nelson through the years. ©ALL RIGHTS RESERVED www.karenpulferfocht.comRead More
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Christian music legend and best-selling author John Michael Talbot was in Memphis Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at St. Louis church. He was brought to Memphis by Lumen Civitatis @www.lumencivitatis.com. Lumen Civitatis or "Light of the City" was founded to support and promote Catholic culture and education in Memphis.
In 1980, John Michael Talbot founded "The Brothers and Sisters of Charity", a Catholic-based community. The members live at the Little Portion Hermitage in Berryville, AR (just outside of Eureka Springs).
Talbot says “We are rebuilding the church one parish at a time, and renewing hearts one life at a time!”
Talbot both sang and preached to a full house Thursday in Memphis, calling for a re-energizing of the American Catholic Church. He met and prayed with attendees following his performance.
Talbot is a Grammy Award winning pioneer of what is known as "Contemporary Christian Music, " he has recorded 54 albums. A prolific author, Talbot has also written 27 books.
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