Broadcasting to more than 3 million listeners around the globe, Beale Street Caravan is celebrating its 20th anniversary of airing the sounds of Memphis and delta music. The new season began on October 7th with the North Mississippi Allstars.
Other forthcoming shows will feature Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Earl Thomas, and hill country blues from Kenny Brown with Alvin Youngblood Hart. Many other talented artists will also be featured on shows during this season.
“Public radio is such an exciting space to be in right now. If you’re pushing something truly unique and engaging, there’s such a high return on investment. We know from research we’ve done lately that our show is wildly popular worldwide and we’re really proud of that. In Memphis, Tenn., our music – past and present – defines us. It invites people into our community and they love it! It’s my hope that Memphians tune in to enjoy the music and see the value that our programming brings to the bluff city and the Delta region.”
– Executive Producer of Beale Street Caravan Kevin Cubbins
Beale Street Caravan will also implement plans to engage with a global audience through a video series sharing artists’ stories at festivals on YouTube and Soundcloud. They have gained a good response to their #IListentoMemphis campaign and plan on playing more Memphis music than ever before.
Fans can also look forward to several features like Bridging the Blues, which celebrates the music culture of Memphis and the delta area; Black History Month programming in collaboration with the filmmakers of Take Me to the River with performances by Otis Clay and William Bell; and the Made in Memphis series with John Paul Keith which looks deeper at the musical hits of Memphis. You can also join Beale Street Caravan and Jimmy Ogle for a free Memphis Music Walking Tour on October 29th at 5:30 pm.
Beale Street Caravan airs in Memphis on WEVL 89.9 (Tuesdays at 10am), WUMR 91.7 (Wednesdays at 6pm.) and WYPL 89.3 (Saturdays at 7pm)