In this episode, Robert Gorden, author of "Memphis Rent Party" tells Nate some of his favorite stories about the under-sung musical legends of his home town of Memphis, including chewing tobacco with rockabilly legend Charlie Feathers, soul legend James Carr’s tragic tale of mental transubstantiation, the singer more frightening than Jerry Lee Lewis, the Lead Belly album that changed his life, and Jeff Buckley’s final days.
Thanks for listening. Next time, Nate will be back with author Elijah Wald to discuss his book "Escaping the Delta" which tells the real story of Robert Johnston, the blues legend in his proper context.
Hosted by longtime rock and roll fan and sportswriter Nate Wilcox, "Let It Roll" is a series of in-depth interviews with Ed Ward about his book, The History of Rock and Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963. Ward was the official rock and roll historian for NPR’s Fresh Air for 30 years, and is a former editor of Rolling Stone, writer for Crawdaddy, and Cream.