Changing face of Memphis music

Dec. 4 panel to serve as live-audience podcast episode of Champions of the Lost Causes

The Champions of the Lost Causes podcast will host a panel discussion for its first live-audience episode at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Memphis Listening Lab, located inside Crosstown Concourse. 

Panelists include Music Export Memphis Executive Director Elizabeth Cawein, WYXR Program Manager Jared Boyd and Stax Music Academy Production Director Isaac Daniel. Each panelist has championed the cause of Memphis music in different ways. 

The event is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. 

“For years, people have said, ‘Memphis only knows how to trade on its musical past’ ” said the podcast’s host Marvin Stockwell. “Now, a new generation of Memphians is asserting itself and overcoming the limits of the past in new ways.” 

Champions of the Lost Causes stems from Stockwell’s curiosity about what drove his own civic activism. For seven years, he and others have championed the cause of saving and reopening the dormant Mid-South Coliseum. 

“At about the four-year mark, I thought, ‘Man, I must really love this to stay at it this long, but why?’ ” he said. “Then I noticed how others had worked for years on long-odds causes and pulled off what they were told was impossible. The world is full of such causes, especially in Memphis.” 

On the podcast, Stockwell interviews people who have championed other causes to explore what drives them, what sustains them and what helps them succeed. 

“Each story is different, but common challenges and solutions emerge,” Stockwell said. “That encourages me in my own work, and I hope it encourages my listeners to know more about the causes that are changing our community and world.” 

In addition to his role as podcast host, Stockwell brings his own experience as a 30-year vet of the Memphis music scene as founding member of punk rock stalwarts Pezz. 

Champions of the Lost Causes is part of the Back to the Light podcast network. Past episodes are available on most digital platforms. For more information, visit or 

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