Chuck Stewart’s photography provided by Fireball Entertainment Group, courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photographs of John Coltrane, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Joe Nick Patoski is the author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. He is directing a documentary film on the musician Doug Sahm, and hosts the "Texas Music Hour of Power" on Saturday nights on public radio station KRTS Marfa.
You can argue endlessly about whether it’s Elvis, W. C. Handy, Al Green, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rufus Thomas, Sam Phillips, Dewey Phillips, or Justin Timberlake who best defines Memphis music. I’m going with Jim Dickinson.