Starry Nights … and Memphis Tunes

The Memphis Music Foundation is one of the many partners that work together to fill Memphis Christmases with starry nights again.

Anyone who drives through Shelby Farms’ fields now adorned with bright Christmas lights for the “Starry Nights” Memphis tradition may not be immediately aware that the Music Foundation handles an audio soundtrack for the experience.

According to foundation president Dean Deyo, “We build a small low-powered FM radio station on the grounds of Shelby Farms and play the music soundtrack on it. As people drive through, they can tune to FM 106.5 and hear the music.”

Over 50 Memphis artists contributed a holiday song in their own style. Examples include the Bar-Kays doing Frosty the Snowman – with funk.

“It is all automated and will run for 37 straight days during the Starry Nights run,” Deyo said.

Other artists include Todd Agnew, Joyce Cobb, Star and Micey, Reba Russell, Sid and Steve Selvidge, and many more.