The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater's stunning new album, Memphis...Yes, I'm Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital, located not far from where the album was recorded. Dee Dee's father, a trumpet player, also affectionately known as "Matt the Platter Cat", was a DJ at WDIA, the top Memphis radio station. Even when the family moved to neighboring Flint, Michigan, as a young girl Dee Dee would listen to the great sounds of the Memphis music scene by tuning-in late night from across state lines. And oh what a music scene it was!
Dee Dee was determined to recapture the same magic and history of the Blues, R&B and Soul classics in the recordings that were originally made in or associated with Memphis including “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Try A Little Tenderness,” “Can’t Get Next To You” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” "I wanted people to be able to recall the original versions,” says Dee Dee, “but I also wanted them to have a more modern feeling while respecting those originals. The opportunity to make them my own was an opportunity and a challenge I felt honored to take on."