NPR: World Cafe Nashville: Valerie June Helps Celebrate Sun Records’ Legacy

MAY 31, 2017 by Valerie June

Founded in Memphis, Tenn., in 1950 by Sam Phillips, Sun Records remains one of America’s most culturally important recording studios. The studio was the magical birthplace of early rock ‘n’ roll — the first to record Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. In the small studio on Union Avenue, the sounds of country, gospel, blues, rockabilly and R&B collided to change music history.

Celebrating the legacy of Sun, a number of musicians including blues artists Bobby Rush and Alvin Youngblood Hart, singer-songwriter Valerie June, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) and others have contributed to Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records. The album is being released June 16 via Americana Music Society, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The collection was co-produced by Dickinson and Nashville-based writer and producer Tamara Saviano.  Read more here.