“The expressive front person who hinted at Beyoncé’s athleticism and the pedigree of a singer with the name Franklin, was the foil for the wonderfully understated but rip-roaring band worthy of being on Stax Records. It was easy to imagine Southern Avenue as a house band in their native Memphis or Muscle Shoals in the glory days of the Sixties, sent back to the future to save us from inauthenticity and our collective hurt.”

No Depression

“Southern Avenue’s debut album is the beginning of a legacy…What we have here, is a young, yet seasoned group of artists, who took everything Memphis has to give, rubbed their own magic on it, and are delivering it to us in a single serving. It’s not blues, soul, Gospel or R&B. It’s all of the above, blended in such a way to create its very own category.”

American Blues Scene

“The still-fledgling group, founded less than two years ago, has had a fairly meteoric rise, culminating in the release of their eponymous full-length debut...The resulting disc is a fresh and energetic re-imagining of classic Memphis R&B and gospel, grounded by Tierinii’s powerful soul voice, with a dashes of world music flavor courtesy of Naftaly.”

The Commercial Appeal

“Southern Avenue is moving full steam ahead, making a name for themselves in the blues music scene. While the five member band has been called the definition of Memphis music, they're comprised of a diverse group of musicians that don't necessarily fit the stereotypical blues mold.”

Fox News

“…a deeply soulful Memphis blues band that’s turning the scene on its head…fiery guitar-led soul rock, with punchy horns, hard-shuffling beats, sparkling ballads and barroom throwdowns.”

Relix Magazine

“After experiencing such talent and energy up close, we came away feeling that Southern Avenue is, as much as anything, a state of mind, one that musically reflects the short ride it takes listeners to go from classic to contemporary, gospel to secular, black to white, east to west, north to south and back again. It’s the journey of a lifetime, and this is a band whose music and perhaps whose very existence may be the perfect representation of hope in dark times.”

Elmore Magazine

“If, while listening to Tierinii Jackson sing, you're transported by thoughts of Aretha Franklin or Stevie Wonder, that's no coincidence. She points to these icons as inspiration. Likewise, if you're transported to a Sunday morning church service, that is also no coincidence. She was brought up in the church with musician parents and attended choir practice regularly.”

Memphis Flyer

“Memphis-based juggernaut Southern Avenue may have their foundation based in the blues, but they exceed the confines of the genre, with elements of funk, rock, Americana, and so, so much soul. Don’t let lead singer Tierinii Jackson’s petite stature throw you off — the spark plug has a constant current of energy coursing through her veins, a contagious stage presence, and powerful, electrifying pipes.”

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“Southern Avenue’s modern sound melds gospel-infused R&B with a rootsy rock feel.”

Mix Magazine

“…dripping with deep, fiery Soul. The quintet, a sensation in its hometown of Memphis, Tenn., is well on its way to taking its deft blend of R&B and Southern-fried Blues to the rest of the world.”

City Beat Cincinnati

“This debut album from Southern Avenue is the tastiest thing out of Memphis since Gus’s Fried Chicken went national. Sounding somewhat like the Staple Singers doing an album of bluesy southern rock, this band will be huge, mark my words…Fans of acts ranging from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings to the Black Keys will find a lot to like here…”

Ink 19

“Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding—few studios have ever achieved the kind of distinct sound that once poured out of Stax Studios in Memphis, TN. A bit of that gritty, funky mojo lives again in the music of Southern Avenue, a new R&B act from Memphis that's named after the street that runs by the old Stax Studio.”

Stereophile Magazine

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