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2:14pm

Thu January 17, 2013
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Royal Studio On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:27 pm

The late Willie Mitchell of Royal Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Royal Studio

As part of our "Sense of Place" tour of Memphis, we're on to Royal Studio, where Al Green, Ann Peebles and others made some of the 1970s' most important soul music for Hi Records.

Most of that music was produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Here, we've dug up a 2005 interview with Al Green wherein he tells the story of how Mitchell helped him find his voice. We also talk with Mitchell's son, Boo, who grew up at Royal. His dad told him, "Don't turn Royal into a museum when I die." Don't worry; he hasn't.

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5:09pm

Wed January 16, 2013
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Lucero On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:13 pm

The Memphis rock band Lucero.
Andy Modla Courtesy of the artist

In this "Sense of Place" installment, we meet the blue-collar Memphis rock band Lucero, which performs a stripped-down session in Ardent Studio A, where they worked on their album 1372 Overton Park.

In the beginning, Lucero was all about combining a punk aesthetic with Tom Waits' lyrical sensibility. Over the years, the Memphis sound has crept into the band's music, including a horn section on its last two albums.

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5:09pm

Wed January 16, 2013
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Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:25 am

Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.
Andy Modla

Our "Sense of Place" visit to Memphis, Tenn., moves away from soul music to the place where some of the seminal American power-pop records were created. Ardent Studios is where the Memphis band Big Star made three albums that helped define the genre.

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3:35pm

Tue January 15, 2013
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Graceland On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:29 am

World Cafe takes a tour of Graceland.
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In this installment of "Sense of Place: Memphis," we pay a visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley's storied estate. We hear from Kevin Kern, PR director for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Kern gives us a personal tour of The King's estate, shares how Graceland was really a home to the singer, explains why it might seem small to us today, and offers up a few facts listeners might not know.

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3:35pm

Tue January 15, 2013
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Sun Studio On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 9:32 am

Sun Studio in Memphis.
Courtesy of Andy Modla Photography

As part of World Cafe's "Sense of Place" spotlight on Memphis, Tenn., we have an interview with Sam Phillips, founder of the famed Sun Studio. In 2002, a year before the legendary producer died, Phillips shared his memories of his early days making records.

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