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Memphis Gold has come a long way in its short 15 year tenure in the Mid Atlantic including the crowning achievement of recording 4 CD`s. He has shared the stage with such Artists as Bernard Allison, Beat Daddys, James Brown, R.L. Burnside, Big Lucky Carter, Cephas and Wiggins, Joyce Cobb, Debra Coleman, Shemekia Copland, Robert Cray, Eddie Cusak, Dwayne Doopsie, John Hammond, John Jackson, Junior Kimbrough, Little Jimmy King, Johnny Lang, Taj Mahal, Selena McDay, Bob Margolin, Bobby Parker, Lucky Peterson, Martha Reeves, Duke Robillard, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Roomful of Blues, Otis Rush, Charlie Sayles, Guitar Shorty, Hubert Sumlin, Temptations and Jimmy Vaughn.
As a young boy age 12, he was mentored by the 1928 Victor /Brunswick/Vocalion Recording Artist, The Reverend Robert "Tim" Wilkins. Wilkins major claim to fame was the tune "That's No Way To Get along," which was appropriated by the Rolling Stones in 1966 and released as "Prodigal Son" on the best selling album Beggar's Banquet. "Nevertheless, I'm happy to report that , no, Memphis Gold did not tell me that he sold his soul to the devil down at the "crossroads" of highway 49 and 61 in order the he play like the guitar wizard that he is," say's Larry Benicewicz of the Music Monthly/Maryland Musician. "He is the genuine article, perhaps a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch like Charlie Patton. And having done so, serves as one of the last links to the days when cotton was king on the Mississippi Delta."