Rob Jungklas came roaring back into the Memphis music psyche with 3 new critically acclaimed recordings in a few short years: Arkadelphia, Gully, and Mapping The Wreckage. Ever prolific, he has released four more since his reemergence. The Spirit and The Spine, Nothing To Fade, and Blackbirds on Madjack Records, and 7 Sisters.
He issued his debut LP, Closer to the Flame, in 1987 on Manhattan Records. On the strength of an MTV video aired for the single “Boys Town,” the record garnered airplay and modest chart success for his effort, while creating the iconic regional anthem “Memphis Thing.”
The more reflective Work Songs for a New Moon, that followed two years later on RCA, showcased Jungklas’ nuanced blend of pop songwriting and Memphis style R&B.
Lee Froelich calls Rob’s songs “profane and poetic, haunted by ghost and damnation” and the sentiments are echoed by the likes of Rolling Stones’ David Fricke who describes the sounds as “bloodied bottleneck guitar and choked prayer.”
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