The early incarnation of the band was called InfraDead which never made it out of the basement. There were some line-up changes which resulted in InfraDead bass player Todd taking over as lead singer and guitarist and bringing in his long time friend/bass player Eric to complete the three piece which resulted in the Three Man Dead Band.
The Three Man Dead band picked up keys player, Dave, from Oxford and played a handful of gigs from August 2016 until their last show January 2017.
Determined to keep the spirit of the Dead music going, Curt, decided to forge ahead and form a new band. Dead Centric was born in July 2017 with new lead singer/guitarist, Tom, and bass/vocalist, Jim. Josh (keys/vocals) and Joe (guitar/vocals) joined in 2018 to complete the current dome crushing line-up.
Dead Centric plays music "centered" on the music and free flowing spirit of the Grateful Dead but are not a 100% Grateful Dead tribute band. We expand outside the bounds of the Dead to explore the related directions of the Allman Brothers, Phish, Widespread Panic, and many others.
The music never stops..... and the journey continues...
On their self-titled 2017 debut album, the boundary-breaking Memphis combo Southern Avenue sparked a one-band musical revolution, embodying an effortlessly organic soul/blues/R&B fusion that reflects the band members' diverse roots as well as their deep commitment to their chosen style. On their second album Keep On, set for release on May 10, 2019 via Concord Records, the dynamic outfit expands its gritty musical vision to embrace new musical challenges and a more expansive creative vision.
Southern Avenue combines the talents of a prodigiously talented set of young musicians who bring their individual backgrounds to the table to create music that carries the Southern soul legacy into the 21st century, spanning the band members' wide-ranging musical interests while showcasing the powerful chemistry and electrifying live show that they've honed through extensive stage and studio experience. Since the release of their debut, Southern Avenue has played in over a dozen countries and wowed audiences at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Electric Forest and Lockn’.
Guitar phenom Ori Naftaly originally built his reputation in his native Israel before joining forces with deeply expressive Memphis-bred singer Tierinii Jackson and her subtly powerful drummer sister Tikyra Jackson. The band's lineup is rounded out by versatile keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax Records' renowned music academy.
Keep On brilliantly captures Southern Avenue's combustible chemistry, with the emotion-charged energy of such distinctive originals as "Whiskey Love," "Savior," "Too Good for You" and "We Are Not So Different" reflecting the players' evolving talents as well as the influence of the extensive roadwork that they've invested in the band. The musicians recorded the album with producer Johnny Black (Jessie J, Daughtry, Estelle) at Memphis' legendary Sam Phillips Recording, with guest appearances by seminal Stax Records artist William Bell, noted Memphis musician Gage Markey (who serves as guest bassist on most of the album) and a horn section comprised of Art Edmaiston (JJ Grey & Mofro, Gregg Allman) and Marc Franklin (The Bo-Keys, Gregg Allman).
As a soloist, Ruby draws upon a lifetime of experience as a songwriter and live performer, creating a unique collaboration of musical styles including elements of her Appalachian roots, classical training, rock, blues, country, and old-time music to forge her own original genre she’s coined “Mountain Soul.”
Ruby’s musical techniques and smooth, soulful vocals leave audiences everywhere mesmerized."