Memphis means music. That relationship was solidified in 1909 when W.C. Handy wrong the song “Mr. Crump” and later published it as the “Memphis Blues.” As Handy’s songs were sung and played in streets and music halls, a spotlight began to shine on a new mecca for innovation in music –Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis Music: Before The Blues surveys the people, music, and events that contributed to the rich musical life that emerged against the backdrop of the Civil War and the yellow fever in the 19th century.