Hank Ballard

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Q&A: The Impressions' Fred Cash On Curtis Mayfield, Politics In The '60s, And The Venues His Band Played Back In The Day

    The story of Tennessee music is a tale of two cities, really: Nashville and Memphis. But to count out Chattanooga is to ignore the origins of the Impressions, the long-running, socially conscious soul group that launched the careers of Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. On the street corners of mid-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Etta James, R.I.P.

    ​Etta James used to tell a story about meeting Billie Holiday in which Holiday told her—fatherless wild child to fatherless wild child—not to let the bad men and drugs that were going to come her way destroy her. Something about that brief conversation must've stuck, because despit ... More >>

  • Music

    July 6, 2004

    Black Enough For You

    A compilation makes history, and fiction, of the black power movement's greatest hits