This May, the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, TN will get a new Rock & Roll club. The Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe & Honky Tonk is slated to open May 1, 2013 at 310 Beale Street. Details of Jerry Lee’s appearance for the opening are still being worked out.
More info on the opening provided by The Commercial Appeal:
The restaurant will offer live Rock & Roll music and will feature memorabilia of Lewis including his motorcycle, piano, posters and clothes he wore on stage.
The food will be “all southern, from Louisiana to low country to Mississippi to Memphis.” The decor will not be set in the ’50s, the era Lewis rose to fame, general manager Bud Chittom said. “It will not be a sock hop or malt shop. It’s a honky-tonk and cafe. Those haven’t changed in 60 years.”
Read the entire article, here.
Jack Clement is probably one of the most under-rated artists on the Sun Records roster. Not many people know it, but Jack got his start at Sun running the mixing board for recording sessions with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Another Sun Records artist, Elvis Presley, even opened up for Clement at the Memphis club The Eagle’s Nest. He’s the writer for two of Cash’s most famous songs, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”.
This Wednesday, January 30, Cowboy Jack will be honored by some of the artists he has influenced during his long career. Artists include Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Kris Kristofferson, Dan Auerbach, Jakob Dylan, and many more. Get tickets and more information here.
The Nashville Scene wrote a great piece in this weeks issue, highlighting Cowboy Jacks career. Read the entire article here.
The retro-review website has reviewed another Sun Records release. Johnny Cash, All Aboard The Blue Train, was released in November of 1962. This is definitely one of our favorites, and sounds even better if you are lucky enough to have it on vinyl.
“Combining a number of his hits up to that point and putting them together as a train-centric piece, Blue Train is essentially a glorified compilation album, albeit a surprisingly good one.”
Click here to read the entire article.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will honor a great initial class of inductees that helped shape the music we know and love today. Among the class of 2012 are Sun legends Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.
Learn more about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame here.
Nashville’s Minor League Baseball team, The Sounds, will celebrate the legacy of Elvis Presley on Taco Bell Throwback Thursday for Elvis Night. Any fan named Elvis or Priscilla will receive free admission with a valid ID while all fans are encouraged to dress as Elvis or in Elvis attire to be eligible to win prizes throughout the evening. Come to the ballpark early, as the first 500 fans will receive a fan, courtesy of Sun Records. An Elvis impersonator kicks off the special evening with special sandwiches at concession stands for one night only.
For Taco Bell Throwback Thursday, Sounds players will be wearing retro 1980s-style uniforms while fans enjoy concession stands filled with discounted pricing. College students receive one (1) $5 General Admission ticket with a college ID and all fans receive one (1) $5 General Admission ticket with a valid Taco Bell receipt. Game time is 7:05 pm.
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Last week the designer of iconic Sun Records logo died in Memphis at the age of 87. Jay Parker was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on February 1, 1925. Parker was high school friends with Sam Phillips, and after establishing himself as an art director at the Memphis Engraving Company, he received a visit from Sam asking him to create the image that has been associated with the legendary Sun Records label ever since.
Some of Parker’s other notable works include Alka-Seltzer, Super Bubble Gum, and the tiger-stripe helmet used for the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team.
Read more about the man behind the iconic logo here.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival television special featuring performances by Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, and Rodney Crowell is scheduled to air on GAC on July 28, PBS (check local listings) and RFD TV on July 26 and 28.
On July 31, both the Johnny Cash Music Festival 2011 DVD and a special live CD will be available in stores and online. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Johnny Cash Childhood Home Project.
The special was shot at last year’s inaugural concert. The second annual event is scheduled for October 5th at 7:00 pm on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with Willie Nelson, Dierks Bently, The Civil Wars and Rosanne Cash.
Tickets range from $37.50, $75, and $150 (premium tickets include a meet-and-greet). Additional information and tickets are available here.
A while back we mentioned a great new record being released by Chris Isaak. The album is a personal tribute to the glory days of Sun Studios in Memphis and the legendary producer behind the console in Sun Studio, Sam Phillips.
“Isaak recaptures the spirit of original songs with his own brilliant band of stellar musicians, while revealing the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity.” – ChrisIsaak.com
Throughout June, PBS will be airing a live performance of Chris Isaak which was taped in February in front of a live audience at the Austin City Limits music festival. To catch this stellar performance, check your local listings. You’ll definitely want to see this!