Last month was big for the Killer. On September 23, he released his first studio album on his new label, Vanguard Records. The album is filled with a variety of recordings, both original and covers, from various catalogs including Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and even Johnny Cash.
In addition to the new studio album, Lewis also released a compilation of B-sides which were tracked at Phillips Recordings during the ’70s. Knox Phillips, son of Sun Studio founder Sam, produced the sessions. Purchase the album here.
He also has a new biography out this month. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, written by Rick Bragg, offers a third person account of Lewis’ life. It covers “the making of Lewis’ biggest hits, and addresses the many controversies that have surrounded Lewis’ life, from his numerous marriages to his feuds with other rockers.” (Rolling Stone)
Jerry Lee also made some live appearances, including one on Late Night with David Letterman where he sat in with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.
You can purchase his album and/or book from Vanguard Records.
Cash’s first LP released on the Sun label is now available in the vinyl format. Originally released in 1957, With His Hot & Blue Guitar is Johnny Cash’s first full-length album released. It features hits like “I Walk The Line” and “Folsom City Blues,” and is pressed on high quality black vinyl.
With His Hot & Blue Guitar is also available on CD in Cracker Barrel stores across the United States.
The Johnny Cash Museum has a new exhibit, The Legends of Sun Records, which will run for 18 months. The exhibit features artifacts that highlight Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland. Visit the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville at 119 3rd Ave South or on Facebook. Read more about the new exhibit and read the official press release here.
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.
You 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.
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.
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>.
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!
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
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]
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)