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Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Dee Dee Bridgewater presents "Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready": Dee Dee Bridgewater has gone back to her beginning…Memphis, Tennessee. Born in the city known for its pivotal part in American culture, music and civil rights struggle, Bridgewater was part of an American legacy. After moving to Flint, Michigan, Bridgewater’s childhood nights were spent tuning into Memphis’ WDIA, the first radio station in the nation featuring all-black programming. It was also the station where her father spun vinyl as the on-air disc jockey, “Matt the Platter Cat.” This album is not only a return to Bridgewater’s roots, but it offers ground-breaking reimagining of American Blues and R&B classics with backing by the Stax Academy Choir, Kirk Whalum, and recorded at Willie Mitchell’s world-renowned Royal Studios. Scheduled for a 2017 release on Bridgewater’s own imprint, DDB Records, the album is expected to the distributed by OKeh Records/Sony Masterworks. Co-Produced by Bridgewater and close friend Kirk Whalum, a Memphis native, the as yet untitled release features such crowdpleasers as “Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)” by the Staples Singers, “I’m Going Down Slow” and “Don’t Be Cruel”, among others.