Join us Monday, February 20th at Lafayette’s Music Room as we celebrate the upcoming premier of CMT’s new series SUN RECORDS with a special night of Sun music, featuring special guests Chuck Mead and Will Tucker, plus many more. (Here’s more on the series and the concert from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal).
Nashville’s Chuck Mead is an old friend of mine, best known for his work with BR-549 and as musical director of the hit Broadway musical based on Sun, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Chuck was here all last summer working on the CMT show and worked with many of us local musicians on it.
Will Tucker is a talented young Memphis musician who is well-known to Beale Street regulars, and appears in SUN RECORDS as Elvis’ guitarist Scotty Moore. Will and I paid tribute to Scotty when he passed last summer, and it was a very special night with many guests. We hope this will be too.
JM Van Eaton, original Sun Records drummer is going to drop by and sit in. My drummer Shawn Zorn appears as Carl Perkins’ drummer WS “Fluke” Holland in the show, and he’ll be there of course. Griffin Rone, who plays Bill Black, is going to come up and help us do the little Blue Moon Boys mini-tribute portion again. And who else knows who will show up.
The CMT series premiers on Thursday, February 23rd. Come to Lafayette’s on Monday, February 20th, to pay tribute to the Memphis music that started it all, Sun Records.
I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be returning to Spain for a tour this November. This will be the first time I’ll be able to bring my own full-time Memphis band with me: Shawn Zorn on drums, Preston Rumbaugh on bass, and Gerald Stephens on keyboards. Can’t wait!
For more information
20.11 @ X. Sevilla
21.11 @ Planta Baja. Granada
22.11 @ 16 Toneladas. Valencia
23.11 @ El Sol. Madrid
24.11 @ Stereo. Alicante
25.11 @ Tunk. Irún
26.11 @ Helldorado. Vitoria-Gasteiz
It was an honor to host the Memphis tribute to Scotty Moore this summer with Will Tucker and Brad Birkedahl at Lafayette’s Music Room. It was recorded for Beale Street Caravan, along with an interview with Will and myself (Will plays Scotty Moore in the upcoming CMT drama, Million Dollar Quartet). This was one of the most special nights in Memphis music I’ve ever gotten to participate in, as we were joined onstage by Sun Records drummer J.M. Van Eaton, and Jerry Phillips, son of Sam Phillips. The episode just came out – enjoy. Here’s to you again, Scotty! (And thank you to the great band that night! Earl Lowe, Preston Rumbaugh, and Gerald Stephens with some help from Johnny Mac and Griffin Rone).
In 2015 I had the pleasure of writing and hosting a segment for NPR Worldwide’s Beale Street Caravan radio show called Made in Memphis. Each segment shined a light on a hit song that everyone knows, but most people don’t know was recorded in Memphis. Eight episodes are up on my SoundCloud.
I will be appearing three times at this year’s Americana Music Association’s AmericanaFest; twice with Motel Mirrors, and one solo show.
Friday, Sept 23 – City Winery, 9PM (Motel Mirrors)
Saturday, Sept 24 – The Filming Station, 3:15PM (Motel Mirrors)
Saturday, Sept 24 – Fond Object Records, 6:30 (JPK)
In other news, the segment I did for NPR Worldwide’s Beale Street Caravan show last season, “Something On the Side”, is now uploaded on my SoundCloud. The segment is all about the sidemen and women, producers, engineers, and behind-the-scenes figures who created the Memphis sound. You can stream all ten segments here.