Here’s an early and important heads up for a special show coming the first week of February that you won’t want to miss. We’ve arranged the night in cooperation with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate the legacy of the great producer Sam Phillips. You may know that famed southern music chronicler Peter Guralnick has just published the definitive biography of Philips, the mercurial and prophet-like founder of SUN Records, discoverer of Elvis Presley and, as the book’s subtitle says, the man who invented rock ‘n’ roll.
Our very exciting lineup includes artists who were in someway touched or influenced by the Sam Phillips legacy. We will hear from blues master Bobby Rush, whose last appearance on Roots remains one of the very finest and most exciting sets we’ve ever hosted. Making his show debut is epic rockabilly hero Sleepy LaBeef, one of the most fascinating stories in roots music. MCR veterans Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp will perform together, likely sampling some of the material they cut on their 2007 release The Bluegrass Elvises. Bringing the blues and delectable slide guitar will be Music City stalwart Colin Linden. And we got word recently that Luther Dickinson, guitar and voice of the North Mississippi All-Stars will be on hand for a short set.
Besides the music, author Guralnick will be on stage for an interview along with Sam’s son Jerry. That should be riveting. We’ll be sure to talk about the assembly of the current CMHOF exhibit Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, which runs through June. More information HERE!