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The Memphis Sound Band ™

The Memphis Sound Band is (L to R):
Neal Bowen, Bass/Musical Director;
Mike Neal, Sax / Woodwinds;
Jackie Johnson, Lead Vocal;
Woody Degan, Lead Vocal / Keys / Band Leader
Doug McMinn, Drums Percussion
Gene Nunez, Guitar (not pictured)

Woody Degan, Vocals, Keys

Neal Bowen, Bass; Lafayette Adair, Drums

Four Part Harmony Vocals (L to R)
Mike Neal, Jackie Johnson, Woody Degan, Gene Nunez

The Band Waiting For Sound-Check (L to R)
Mike Neal, Saxophone; Neal Bowen, Bass;
Jackie Johnson, Vocals, Lafayette Adair, Drums;
Woody Degan, Keys; Gene Nunez, Guitar

Mike Neal, Saxophone...& Leg Model!

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Can you believe it's only 7:30 AM!
Neal can't believe Lafayette is here!

Memphis Bands and Entertainment:
The Memphis Sound Band™TM
Memphis Music Band, Corporate Entertainment, Memphis Theme Band, Wedding Band

Memphis, TN December 31, 2010

It's Official! Jackie Johnson has been asked by Huey Lewis to join him on the Huey Lewis and the News 2011 WORLD TOUR! Jackie performed on Huey's album in the Spring of 2010, which was recorded right here in Memphis at Ardent Studios. Apparently, Jackie impressed with her usual outstanding vocals and humble, kind-hearted spirit enough to warrant such a tremendous opportunity! Jackie has confirmed that she will still be available for performances with the Memphis Sound Band when she is not traveling, so, we'll just have to schedule around Huey Lewis & The News! CONGRATULATIONS JACKIE! YOU DESERVE THIS!

The Memphis Sound Band™ is recognized as one Memphis TN's most popular bands, having provided great Memphis Music and Entertainment throughout the region and across the globe for nearly 20 years! Composed of Award Winning Musicians, Vocalists, and Producers, the Memphis Sound Band™ will take you on a magical tour of Memphis Music history with musical renditions that are second to none! From W.C. Handy to B.B. King and the Staple Singers, to Carl Perkins, Aretha, Sam & Dave,  Otis Redding, Al Green, WIlson Pickett, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, and of course, Elvis...The legacy of Memphis Music, Beale Street, and The Memphis Sound™ all go hand in hand. And this band brings it to life!

When it comes to vocals The Memphis Sound Band™ answers the call. They've got lead vocals that will knock your socks off, and multi-talented musicians who are also strong vocalists, too! That's six vocals strong - and that's full!

Lead Female Vocalist Jackie Johnson has album credits ranging from Huey Lewis to Aaron Neville, and Rufus Thomas to Lenny Kravitz 5. She has been honored with the Premiere Player Female Vocalist of the Year Award in Memphis and is a festival favorite throughout the United States and Europe. Jackie performs complete sets in distinct musical formats ranging from Gospel to Blues, and Contemporary R&B to, well, The Memphis Sound...or she can mix them all up! You will definitely nod in agreement once you've heard her unforgettable voice! Aretha, Staple Singers, Tina Turner - all of them and more!  Jackie also performed several song selections on the recent Denzel Washington movie The Great Debaters soundtrack, as well as July 2008 performances with Aaron Neville.

Lead Male Vocalist Woody Degan is an ward-winning major label-trained A&R Producer. He performs the male vocal responsibilities of band with strength, versatility, and emotion you can feel! From Al Green to Otis Redding, and Soul Man to Ain't No Sunshine, his renditions are keenly reminiscient of the soulful originals, while incorporating his own contemporary flair. White boy can sing! Woody also plays adds some keyboards to free up the other great talent in the band to do solos. He has performed with a wide array of superstars, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rufus Thomas, Stevie Wonder, The Drifters, Vince Gill, Steve Cropper, Ike Turner, Hootie and The Blowfish, and Dishwalla. In addition to his vocal responsibilities, Woody plays keyboards. Woody is also recognised as one of the region's top Producers, planning, executing, and managing over 120 events per ranging from major concerts to three day music festivals, corporate events, and even Presidential fundraisers. IN July 2008 he simultaneously produced two major concert events, one having attendance of over 17,000 and the other over 40,000. In 2009, he is scheduled to produce over 135 events comprised of over 400 Entertainment acts!

Together Jackie, Woody, and the other musicians in this band make for some great vocal harmonies! Yes, that's five and six vocals of live Memphis Musical Entertainment! No computer aided sequencing and no tape!

The Memphis Sound Band™'s Rhythm Section is a hand-picked group of some of the most talented and recognized band-members in Memphis Music today! Neal Bowen, Music Director, Bassist extraordinaire, composer, instructor, and computer genius, brings an effortless virtuosity, rhythm, and groove to the bottom end that bears listening to - and watching! His comprehensive knowledge of musical theory and teaching experience, are just two reasons why he is the Musical Director of the band. Neal can not only direct the other players on what to play where, but step over into their realm and play it for them himself - on keys, guitar, etc., and if you have a question on Music Theory, Neal is your man! The other half of the 'low-end' equation is multi-talented Drummer / Percussionist Lafayette Adair, who provides a rhythm foundation second to none. Gene Nunez is a well respected Memphis guitarist with numerous cd album releases to his credit. Plus, he's got a repertoire that is second to none - a walking musical dictionary! His recent addition has added the consistency and dependability on guitar that the band needed! ...And Elwood 'Woody' Degan pulls double duty, adding some simple and effective keyboards tops to the already exceptional rhythm section. Mike Neal provides the unmistakeable and authentic Memphis horn sound on Saxophone, flute, and strong Backing Vocals, while Mark Franklin tops of the brass with some great Trumpet!

The Memphis Sound Band™ is the Official Performing Artist and Musical Entertainment of the Memphis Redbirds, our AAA home-town baseball team of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Organization.

This band is the perfect choice for Concerts, festival music, corporate Entertainment, private partiy bands, and charity fundraiser Entertainment. The band is available for travel throughout the U.S. and abroad.

NOTE: The Memphis Sound Band™ carries and can provide turn-key production as necessary: stage, sound, backline, lights (par cans and moving lights), ground supported truss, power (tie-ins or generators), engineers, and crew for single or multi-day events.

.....for Event or Booking Information contact:
    Heidi Smith, Special Events Coordinator

Client Comments and Reviews:


Dear Heidi,

This note is SO late...and it should be handwritten to boot! Been trying to regroup since the wedding and have not been very successful... WHAT I WANTED TO SAY WAS....The Band MADE the reception! I don't think you could've gotten one more person on the dance floor the WHOLE night! It could've gone on for HOURS more and we'd all have loved it!

I thanked the band members telling them what a difference they made in the party and how professional they all were. There was a power problem that no one but the band and myself seemed to know about 'cause there was a LONG drum solo and the woman singer came down and danced with the kids, it was adorable!

Woody was so kind, talented and fun! We truly enjoyed every second! The best part was that the band told me they were having fun too! It showed and was contagious!!!!!

THANKS for helping to make my daughter's special day PERFECT!
IT WAS and we couldn't be happier about it. You dream of giving this one thing to your daughter, the way she wants it....she wanted it to be fun....and it WAS!

Thanks Thanks Thanks!

I'd love to get the run-down of who each musician has/does play with/for...I heard some very famous names in there at the reception...but I think I killed those brain cells ....we stayed on Beale Street 'til 430 am!!! THANKS!

And my thanks to Mike Myers for being such a great guy that his name got us a band that was not within our price range....but perfect for our FUN range!

Thanks and God Bless,
Kye and Denise


"We were visiting your city from Chicago this past weekend when we were awakened in our hotel room early Saturday morning by your band playing in the staidium next door. We hurriedly got up and headed down to hear some GREAT MEMPHIS MUSIC, the best we've heard since we came here! You guys are awesome! Please give me a call if you EVER want to play in the windy city! You guys are amazing!"

Cheryl S. - Chicago IL
September 2010


"Your band was so wonderful for my oldest daughter's wedding that we now want you to come back and do it all over again for our next daughter's wedding! Not only has our family requested it, but also many of our guests have asked if we were going to have the same band! THANK YOU for such a job well done."

Victoria W. - Proud Mother of two brides!
June 2010

FOR CORPORATE Entertainment, TOO!

"Woody, in a word: INCREDIBLE! You made me look so good with my boss, all of my co-workers, and all of our dealers who attended this week's regional convention. You promised, and then delivered. THANK YOU!  We'll talk Monday!

Meerman K. - Ford Motor Company


"The Memphis Sound band was indeed the highlight of our two day festival! Our only regret is that we didn't book you BOTH nights as the headliner! And the rest of the bands you recommended shined as well. Thank you for bringing our festival the great Memphis Sound. There really IS something to Memphis Music and Memphis Bands. You stood head and shoulders above ALL of the rest!"

Robert W. - Festival Entertainment Producer


"Woody, we made the right decision going with you. Everyone was so impressed. The event ran as smoothly as anything we've ever done. You are our first call for anything we ever do here! Thank you for a job well done."

Rick C. - Corporate Marketing Director on in-house Promotional Event


"Your band was magical. I can't describe it any other way! Thank you for making the Harvard University Graduation Party a night to remember!"

Williford S. - Harvard University Alumni

For Memphis Band Booking or Information contact:

Heidi Smith, Special Events Coordinator

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The Memphis Sound Band Songlist
Hold On, I'm CominSam & Dave
Midnight HourWilson Pickett
Ain't No SunshineAl Green
RespectAretha Franklin
Use Me UpBill Withers
I'll Take You ThereThe Staple Singers
Hound DogElvis Presley
Proud MaryCCR Tina Turner
Knock On WoodSam & Dave
The LetterThe Boxtops
Soul ManSam & Dave
Mustang SallyWilson Pickett
Dock of the BayOtis Redding
Walkin' the DogRufus Thomas
Thrill is GoneBB King
Hard to HandleOtis Reding/Black Crowes
Whole Lotta ShakinJerry Lee Lewis
Suspicious MindsElvis Presley
Memphis TennesseeJohnny Rivers
Soul DeepThe Boxtops
Pretty WomanRoy Orbison
Let's Stay TogetherAl Green
Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash
Jailhouse RockElvis Presley
Blue Suede ShoesCarl Perkins / Elvis
Old Time Rock & RollBob Seger
Members OnlyBobby Blue Bland
Green OnionsBooker T. & the MGs
Great Balls Of FireJerry Lee Lewis
Burning LoveElvis Presley
Walkin' In Memphis Marc Cohn
Who's Makin' LoveJohnny Taylor
Soul FingerThe Bar-kays
Natural WomanAretha Franklin
Contemporary Hits
Brick HouseThe Commodores
Boogie ManKC and the Sunshine Band
Mercy Mercy MeMarvin Gaye
Signed Sealed DeliveredStevie Wonder
What's Goin' OnMarvin Gaye
That's The Way I Like ItKC & The Sunshine Band
Everybody Wants to Rule The WorldTears For Fears
Play That Funky MusicWild Cherry
Word UpCameo
SuperstitionStevie Wonder
Long Train Runnin'The Doobie Brothers
Breakfast At Tiffany'sDeep Blue Something
Fly AwayLenny Kravitz
All This TimeSting
Save TonightEagle Eye Cherry
She's So HighTal Bachman
The One I LoveR.E.M.
The WayFastball
Everytime I Roll The DiceDelbert McClinton
Fast As YouDwight Yoakam
BreakdownTom Petty
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
Tainted LoveSoft Cell
StayJackson Browne
Twist and ShoutThe Beatles
Twilight ZoneGolden Earring
Wild ThingAretha Franklin
Brick In The WallPink Floyd
House Of Stone & LightMartin Paige
LullabyeShawn Mullins
All For YouSister Hazel
How LongAce
MoondanceVan Morrison
BreakdownTom Petty
Give Me One ReasonTracy Chapman
Louis LouisThe Kingsmen
Purple RainPrince
Stand By MePercy Sledge
Do You Love MeKISS
867-5309Tommy TuTone
Just The Way It IsThe Rembrandts
No One Is To BlameHoward Jones
Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
Don't Get Around Much AnymoreDuke Ellington
Wonderful TonightEric Clapton
Memphis Sound Band™ Song Clips
Hold On, I'm Comin'
Signed Sealed Delivered
Walkin' The Dog

For Memphis Band Booking or Information contact:

Heidi Smith, Special Events Coordinator

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Performance Highlights:

Some of our Favorite Shows

Memphis Redbirds Baseball Concerts in AutoZone Plaza
Official Performing Artists of the Memphis Redbirds 2001-9

The Bartlett Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
1st Annual River Arts Festival - Memphis, TN
Bartlett Block Party - 4 years
Special Kids & Families FedEx Plane Pull
Wolf River Airport Fly-In
The FedEx Purple Promise Awards 2006-7-8
2006 & 2007 & 2008 Main Street Collierville, TN Concert Series
Main Street Osceola, AR Festival
Grenada Music Festival - Grenada MS
2004 Community Partner Service Award - Porter Leath
Greenville Arts Festival Annual Event
Tennessee State Humanities Southern Festival of Books
St. Jude Memphis Marathon - Finish Line Concert
WWII Memorial Dedication Events - Live National Broadcast
AAA ALL-STAR Baseball Game Post Game Concert
TN Harley Owners Group State Rally - 7,000 Harleys 5 days
Rally Kick-off Concert and Grand Finale Concert
Memphis Redbirds Baseball Concerts in AutoZone Plaza
Official Performing Artists of the Memphis Redbirds 2001-6
Walk As One - Pre/Post Entertainment 2002-6
American Cancer Society - Heart Walk 2002-6
Walk For Life - Pre/Post Entertainment 2002-6
The Memphis Runners 5k 2002-6
Pre-Concert Party for Matchbox 20
Pre-Concert Party for Cher
Concert Opening for Fleetwood Mac
all at the Pyramid Memphis, TN
The University of Memphis Football Tigers
Pre-Game Block Parties
2002 Memphis' Rockin' New Year's Eve Celebration
The Peabody Hotel Grand Ballroom Memphis, TN
Pre-Concert Party for NSYNC, Memphis, TN
at the Pyramid Memphis, TN
Concert Event Opening for Dishwalla, Memphis, TN
Concert Event Opening for Stretch Princess, Memphis, TN Concert
Event Opening for Ray Charles, Memphis, TN
Memphis Grizzlies Pre-Game Block Party
NSYNC Pre-Concert Block Party
The Firecracker 5K Run for St. Jude at the Racquet Club
2001 New Year's Eve SOLD OUT Peabody Hotel Skyway Memphis, TN
TPC Southwind Members Fall Festival & Holiday Party, 2001-3
The Peabody Hotel Rooftop Party - 7 years of shows, including.
3 Shows in 2002 - Highest Average Attendance
3 Shows in 2001 & July 4th Rooftop - 3 years
American Red Cross Sept 11 Fundraiser
MPD vs. M&SCFD Baseball 911 Fundraiser
NBA Official"Memphis Grizzlies Franchise" Announcement
Peabody Place Retail & Entertainment Center Block Parties - 3 years
US Indoor Tennis Championships The Racquet Club 3 years
Hope Presbyterian Church - Special Events
The Liberty Bowl Eve Party - Elvis Presley's Memphis
Porter Leath Children's Home Celebrating Children Day 5 years
University of Memphis Tiger Tailgates with FM-100 - 3 years
Oak Hall Run for St. Jude - Sponsor 4 years
15th Anniversary of Beale Street Mgmt. The Hard Rock Cafe
The Midtown Rhythm & Blues Party - 5 years
Young Lawyers Association 5k Run
John Daly Celebrity Golf Classic - 3 years
Memphis In May International - varied events
The Grand Symphony Ball
The Boo Ball - Costume Party & Contest The Peabody Memphis 5 years
1st Place Bartlett Christmas Parade Float
The Mid-South Fair Headline Entertainment
.and many more!

Corporate Events:

Cellular South
AutoZone Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
BellSouth Corporation
Dunavant Enterprises
The Memphis Grizzlies
Ford Motor Company
FedEx Corporation
MS Carriers
International Paper
Belz Enterprises
CB Richard Ellis
Phillip Belz' 90th Birthday Celebration
Porter Leath Children's Home 150th Anniversary
Carnival Memphis - 6 Krewes
Dain Rauscher
Morgan Keegan and Co.
23 Different Casinos 15 years
Safari International, etc. etc. etc.!

Music Venues:

Elvis Presley's Memphis on Beale Street. The Hard Rock Café on Beale Street Silky Sullivan's on Beale Street Colonial Country Club The Plaza Club The Racquet Club Bourbon St. Bar & Grill Mallards in the Peabody Hotel The High Point Pinch Patrick's 8 years Gill's The Bel-Air South Beach Huey's Jillians Satchmo's in the Adam's Mark Hotel

Including Performances with:

Dishwalla, Vince Gill, Chuck Berry, Steve Cropper, Lindsey Buckingham, The Drifters, Hootie & the Blowfish, Ray Charles, Johnny Lee, Rufus Thomas, The Buckinghams, Kevin Sharpe, Ike Turner!

Plus A Few:

Weddings, bar-mitzvahs, reunions, holiday parties, pool parties, Charity events, fundraisers, conventions, & corporate events!

The Memphis Sound Band™T is:
Elwood 'Woody' Degan, Band-Leader, Lead Vocals, Keys
Jackie Johnson, Outstanding Lead Female Vocalist
Neal Bowen, Musical Director, Bassist Extra-ordinaire - 5 & 6 string
Marlon Branch, Lead & Rhythm Guitarist, Vocals
Doug McMinn, Drums, Percussion and Harmonica
Mike Neal, Saxophone, Horn Section Leader & Vocals
Mark Franklin, Trumpet

The Memphis Sound™ band provides Memphis Entertainment across the Mid-South region. Memphis Sound Entertainment™ also provides Jackson Bands, Nashville Music and Entertainment, Germantown Bands, Collierville Entertainment, Bartlett Entertainment, and Knoxville Tennessee Bands and Entertainers. Grenada Festivals, Jackson Bands, Tupelo Entertainers, Tunica Casino Bands, Southaven Bands, Batesville Stages Bands and Entertainment, Oxford Stages Sound Lights Bands and Entertainers, and Biloxi Mississippi Casino Entertainment. Little Rock Bands, Jonesboro Music and Entertainment, Fayetteville Entertainment, Osceola Festivals Stages Sound Lights and Bands, Rogers Corporate Entertainment, Texarkana Bands, Marion Stages Lights, and West Memphis, Arkansas Stages Sound Lights Power Generators and Entertainment. Birmingham bands, Tuscaloosa stages sound lights and bands, and Montgomery Alabama bands. New Orleans power generators, sound lights and Entertainment, and Baton Rouge Louisiana bands. St. Louis country club bands, Sikeston festivals, and Branson Missouri entertainers and Entertainment. All across the United States, Europe, and everywhere in between!