One of the greatest things about living in Memphis is quite frankly, the music. From the blues beginning to soul sound of Stax and Hi to the Rock-A-Billy of early Elvis, Carl Perkins and the Burnette Brothers, it’s all uniquely Memphis.
Even the local cover bands can be different from other cities around the country. Jeffery and the Pacemakers is one of those bands. They play songs from the sixties, but not just the sixties, they play British invasion material. Songs that you don’t usually hear now days. Songs by artists you would expect like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but they don’t stop there. They also play the Kinks, the Zombies, the Animals and Gerry and the Pacemakers from whom they take their name. They will from time to time throw in some American groups like the Byrd’s who are true to over all sound of the group.
It’s one of the best music sets you’ll hear this year. When they play you can look around the room and see most of the audience singing along with them. It’s not just a great music experience, it’s a fun family friendly experience. It’s a visit with our past, to a simpler time more fun time.
Jeffrey is Jeff Golightly who in 1980 was a member of the now legendary Memphis power pop band the Crime who toured the southeastern United States with their brand of Memphis rock-n-roll. Jeff also played the John Lennon parts in the all Beatle band Daytripper. Jeff and bass player, Rick Camp are reminiscent of Lennon and McCartney in the early years of the Beatles. Their on stage banter seems to be second nature and it most likely is because they have known each other for years, the Crime was the brainchild of Rick Camp who has been a professional musician since the age of 10 and his harmony is key to The Pacemakers sound.
Danny Umfress plays the blistering lead guitar and has shared the stage with such superstars as Johnny Cash, Pat Boone and Larry Raspberry. Like George Harrison, he is the quiet one in the band. His guitar work adds greatly to the overall sound of the Pacemakers.
Robert Hall, not only keeps the beat but also sings lead on some of the songs, most notably some material by the Animals. Robert has played drums with The Gentrys and another Memphis pop band, Zuider Zee. For the past 20 years, Robert has and continues to tour the world with Jerry Lee Lewis and The Memphis Beat band.
The Pacemakers are true professionals and together with their authentic Rickenbacker guitars, Ludwig drums and Vox amps, they are the choice when it comes to the 60’s British Invasion sound. They were tapped to play before Sir Paul McCartney outside of the Fed Ex Forum during Paul’s latest visit to the Bluff City.
Don’t miss this magical musical tour at Lafayette’s Music Room 2119 Madison Ave in Overton Square from 4 to 7 this Sunday, February 21, 2016.