That’s All Right 60th Anniversary

This past Saturday marked a huge anniversary in the history of rock music. The same day 60 years ago was the day Elvis Presley recorded his first hit, “That’s All Right,” at Sun Studio. Many music historians attribute this as the birth of Rock & Roll. It is undeniable that this recording started a whirlwind in the music and entertainment community, as Elvis’ own version of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s blues song tore up the charts and found its way into the ears of millions. 

Elvis-TAR60You can celebrate the 60th Anniversary of That’s All Right with our officially licensed t-shirt. The design pays homage to Elvis’ true jaw dropping live presence, and his cutting edge sound. 

Rockabilly Saturday Night – A Tribute to Sun Records

Cooter’s Place and Nashville Palace present Rockabilly Saturday Night – A Tribute to Sun Records. The event takes place Saturday June 14 at The Nashville Palace.

We were happy to welcome Sonny Burgess (left) as he visited the Sun HQ.

We were happy to welcome Sonny Burgess (left) as he visited the Sun HQ.

Celebrate with the cats who were rocking’ the U.S.A. from Memphis “Back in the Day” and are still going strong! Ben Jones (aka “Cooter”) and his wife, Miss Alma, are honoring the great Sun Records label with this shindig, which will feature several legendary artists who were recording for Sun in the ’50s, when Rockabilly was born. Sonny Burgess and The Legendary Pacers are headlining along with rockabilly icons W.S. “Fluke” Holland, Sleepy LaBeef, and J.M. Van Eaton. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be there with Cooter’s Garage Band and the evening’s special hostess is Catherine Bach, known to the whole wide world as the one and only “Daisy Duke.”

For more information and tickets, visit <a href=”http://cootersplace.com” target=”_blank”>cootersplace.com</a>.

Record Store Day 2014

This year’s Record Store Day will take place on Saturday, April 19. Sun Records has teamed up with ORG Music to bring you two limited edition releases.

Johnny Cash - With His Hot & Blue Guitar

This historic record was the very first LP to be released on Sam Phillips’ Sun label. The special Record Store Day pressing contains all remastered tracks and is limited to 3,000 copies featuring a blue vinyl. More standard black vinyl copies will be available for purchase through our online store soon.

Sun Records – Curated by Record Store Day, Volume 1

This compilation features tracks hand selected by independent record stores. The songs have been remastered and pressed on a limited edition vinyl, with an inner sleeve designed by Tito’s Vodka. It features tracks by Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and more. Only 4,000 copies are available worldwide.

Make sure you visit your local record stores this Saturday to get your copy of these special edition vinyl LPs!

Orbison’s Sons Make New Song w/ John Carter Cash

Sun Legend Roy Orbison’s sons united to complete an unfinished song, “The Way Is Love”. Starting off with just a tape of Orbison’s vocals, Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex Orbison added backing vocals, drums and guitars to complete the track. Another Sun Legend’s heir, John Carter Cash, added help by co-producing the song.

Orbison’s re-issue of Mystery Girl will have a new expanded version with bonus tracks including “The Way Is Love”, as well as a deluxe version which will feature an hour long documentary. It will be re-released on May 20.

Read more: Rolling Stone, Providence Journal

Elvis Movie to be Produced by Mick Jagger

A new movie is in the works, and living legend Mick Jagger will be a producer. The movie will be based off of Peter Guralnick’s book Last Train to Memphis, and will be focused on Elvis’ early years. Not much other info has been released as of right now, but we will relay new information as it becomes available.

You can read more about the movie from Digital Spy and Mxdwn.com. [Photo credit: Mxdwn.com]

Roland Janes, 1933-2013

While he may not have had as much public acknowledgement as he deserved, Roland Janes was a key part in the foundation of the Rock ‘n’ Roll genre in the 50s. He was a studio musician, playing guitar on many of the Jerry Lee Lewis and other Sun rock sessions. He was a touring musician, playing guitar with Jerry Lee in the peaks and valleys early on in his career. The stress of the road eventually drove him to working mainly in recording studios. He eventually built his own, Sonic Recording, with the same mentality as Sun Studio. There, he helped usher in the garage rock era in Memphis.

Roland eventually tired of running a studio all by himself, and re-joined the Phillips family in 1982. He’s been there just about every day since. Last week, Roland left this world, leaving his legacy to live on.

Read more: Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

Cowboy Jack Passes at 82

The music world lost another legend yesterday, August 8th, as Cowboy Jack Clement passed in his home at the age of 82. He was to be officially inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.

Clement worked at Sun in the mid-50s as an engineer, producer, songwriter and artist. He auditioned Jerry Lee Lewis while Sam Phillips was out of town and wrote “It’ll Be Me”, the B side of “Whole Lot Of Shaking Goin’ On”.  Cowboy Jack also discovered and produced Charley Pride, the first Black Country music star. Clement was possibly best known for writing two of Johnny Cash’s hits, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”. He also produced some of the Johnny Cash Sun masters and was a lifetime friend of Cash.

Jack will surely be missed by many across the world, but his influence and legend will leave a permanent mark on the entertainment industry.

Read more: CMT, People Magazine

Julie Roberts Re-Launches Her Career With A New Release On Sun Records

Sun Records, the legendary home of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, has announced the release of “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS,” the eagerly anticipated new album from Julie Roberts. “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” arrives everywhere on October 29th.

Sun has spent the most part of the past several decades focused primarily on licensing its expansive, extraordinary catalog. However, the last three years have seen Sun Records Vice President Collin Brace and Josh Collum of the Nashville-based Make Noise Management exploring the possibility of adding a chapter to the label’s storied history. The Roberts release on the Sun label is a result of a licensing arrangement between Sun and Sorted Noise.

“It’s always been a vision of mine to work with new music at Sun,” says Brace, “but I knew it had to be the right artist. We started working with Josh and his team and together we found something special in Julie Roberts. Her enthusiasm and music bring new life to an icon like Sun. With Julie, we are continuing to write the rich story of Sun Records with authenticity and a fresh spirit.”

Roberts, alongside representatives from Sun, personally announced “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” and the Sun Records association at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, thrilling those gathered at her 8th Annual Fan Appreciation Party. In addition, Roberts unveiled the launch of an exclusive pre-sale campaign via PledgeMusic. “Pledgers” will gain unprecedented access into Roberts’ creative journey over the next three months as she completes her historic new record. Pre-sales begin TK, exclusively at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/julierobertsandsunrecords.

“My musical journey up to this point has been an amazing ride,” says Roberts, “and I feel so very blessed and honored to continue that journey with the iconic and legendary Sun Records label. I’ve been a fan of Sun artists and songs since I was a little girl, so it’s both surreal and exciting that my music will be Sun music.”

Roberts’ first new full-length release in almost three years, “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” marks the acclaimed country singer/songwriter’s defining musical moment thus far. The album will be produced by Nashville-based writing & production team, Sorted Noise, and the first single is slated to debut later this summer. The track will be accompanied by a companion music video, which is currently in pre-production.

Having already spent her life singing and performing, Julie Roberts first stepped into the national spotlight with 2004’s extraordinary self-titled debut album. Fueled by the top 20 Country smash, “Break Down Here,” “JULIE ROBERTS” quickly earned RIAA gold for sales in excess of 500,000, as well as a plethora of critical praise. “One of the most auspicious debuts in years,” declared Entertainment Weekly in an “A” rated rave.  The New York Times agreed, praising  “JULIE ROBERTS” as “an album full of addictive and complicated love songs,” further naming “Break Down Here” as “one of the year’s best country ballads.”

Roberts was an undeniable sensation, making a wide range of national TV appearances, including three memorable performances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and five appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, not to mention being paired alongside Rihanna in Clinique’s “HAPPY” campaign. In addition, she was the first-ever focus of CMT’s In The Moment, documenting the incredible story of how she rose from Universal Music Group Nashville assistant to a breakout star in her own right. Multiple honors also followed, with an array of nominations from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the CMT Awards.

After years of non-stop touring and recording, Roberts entered into the toughest period of her life in 2010.  She left her longtime label, lost her home and car to the historic Nashville floods, and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In April 2013, Roberts re-introduced herself with an appearance on NBC’s smash series, The Voice, a performance which resulted in the now-nine-year-old hit, “Break Down Here,” earning over 200,000 single download sales in the month following the broadcast.