By Andrew Ross Rowe
Brewer’s new Memphis-based Web series $5 Cover exposes the nitty-gritty heart of a town with music flowing through its aorta. “I’d like to believe that Memphis should be a genre itself” Brewer points out.
“The $5 Cover show is really about Memphis. Yeah we have rap and yeah, we have rock and roll. And we have singer song writers, but I really like to believe that Memphis itself should be a genre. … It’s more of the spirit of the city is reflected in the sound.”
But what is it about Memphis that really binds these musicians together?
“I knew a lot of these musicians before my career took off” Brewer explains. “They’ve never really had much money.”
And with limited coin in their pockets, budding musicians that want to play out have to ask for a nominal fee. “I think there’s a special time in every musician’s life where they go from just playing in their house, to saying ’I think I am going to play for people.’ ”
Hence the show name: $5 Cover. “You’re not too green, but you’re not necessarily selling out stadiums.”
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