Birthplace Sessions video series launches

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Neal McCoy, from left, birthplace assistant director Blair Hill, Birthplace Sessions organizers Rob Brandon, Ken Calloway and Meredith Martin, and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton all celebrate the launch of the series at the birthplace.

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Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Neal McCoy, from left, birthplace assistant director Blair Hill, Birthplace Sessions organizers Rob Brandon, Ken Calloway and Meredith Martin, and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton all celebrate the launch of the series at the birthplace.

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Birthplace Sessions is bringing music back to where it all started in Tupelo.

The Elvis Presley Birthplace launched a new music video series, “Birthplace Sessions,” on Wednesday. The video project, headed up by Meredith Martin and Rob Brandon, features bands and artists on the front porch of the birthplace, talking about Elvis’ influence on their music and then performing a song.

Brandon had the idea for the series when officials at the birthplace talked about how famous musicians like Robert Plant and Tom Petty had taken a minute to sing a song on the front porch when they’d visited.

“I asked if I could see the video (of the performances), and they said, ‘What video?’ That broke my heart, with the history involved,” Brandon said at the series’ launch.

Starting late last fall, Brandon, Martin and Tupelo filmmaker Ken Calloway began filming bands as they stopped to perform in Tupelo.

The first eight videos premiered at the theater in the birthplace and are now online to view for free at birthplacesessions.com.

Artists featured in the Birthplace Sessions so far include George Porter Jr., a member of the New Orleans funk band The Meters; Mississippi singer-songwriter Cary Hudson; Americana band Lucero; blues guitarist Cary Morin; and Mooreville country singer-songwriters Aaron Vance.

“We’re very excited to get young blood out to visit the birthplace,” Brandon said. “It allows people to see the birthplace in a different light, and it gets these bands exposure.”

Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Neal McCoy said the sessions will keep Elvis’ spirit alive.

“It continues our message to come to Tupelo and get inspired by what inspired Elvis,” he said.

The announcement of the Birthplace Sessions is a part of Art Rocks Tupelo, a week-long celebration of the arts in Tupelo.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

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Birthplace Sessions is online at birthplacesessions.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/birthplacesessions, on Twitter at @birthplace sessions and on Instagram under bpsessions

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  • soulman

    Looks like I have the honor of the first comment.

    Indeed sad that Robert Plant and Petty aren’t on video singing together on the porch…but that’s okay if it helped launch this idea. I love the video on your site of Soul legend Bobby Rush sitting on Elvis front porch. Over the years he has always had very high praise for Elvis.
    The Birthplace Sessions truly is a wonderful idea all the way around. It serves the dual purpose of spot-lighting up & coming new talent as well as helping keep Elvis’ legacy alive.

    As Muhammad Ali said, “Elvis was the sweetest, nicest, most humble man you’d ever want to know”. And that sweet, humble kid from Tupelo became a world-changer.

    May all the artists that perform on his front porch find a little piece of inspiration there!