12/04/2009: Don Nix: A Memphis Music Legend’s Photographs

Most people probably know Don Nix as an important Memphis musician and producer, if they know him at all. But last week’s opening at the Robinson Gallery on Huling Avenue revealed that Don Nix, the former Mar-Key and disciple of Furry Lewis and Mississippi Fred McDowell, is also a very talented photographer. His black-and-white images capture the early historic days of Stax, and reduce legends like Rufus Thomas and Booker T. & the MGs to ordinary human size in everyday settings. Cold weather didn’t hold down the attendance, there was wine and cheese, and a rocking blues band on stage playing Nix compositions.

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