Sun Studio Sessions
This series features today's best new touring artists performing live in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition to a live musical performance, each artist will share personal stories behind their songs and music. Sun Studio is an international tourist destination and a designated National Historic Landmark for its unparalleled contributions to music culture for providing the first professional recording opportunities for blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas, as well as discovering music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis,Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison, among many others. The historic studio serves as a charming backdrop for these live performances from today's rising young touring artists.
Sun Studio Sessions Previous Broadcasts
KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 27, 2010 -- 12:30 AM
Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and B.B.King recorded their first hits inside Sun Studio. Those sounds drew Elvis to the front door looking to get his start. Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison soon followed. The Studio's cultural and musical impact still resonates across the world. John Lennon knelt and kissed the floor. Ringo called it rock's "Ground Zero."Bono said it "gave me a chill" to record for U2's Rattle & Hum album there. Today's artists are thrilled with the opportunity to record in this magical place. Many of them play clubs, college campuses and festivals around the country throughout the year.
KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 20, 2010 -- 12:30 AM
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals constantly tour the US with appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Good Morning America." Potter and band are a staple act at large outdoor festivals like Bonnaroo, so this intimate performance in Sun Studio - which captured the writing of a brand new song - is a special look at these rising artists.
KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 13, 2010 -- 12:30 AM
Amber Rubarth is a world touring singer-songwriter based in New York who has earned praise from NPR, the New York Times and a large following both home and abroad. The Boston Globe says of her shows "You will leave with a crush on her."
KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 6, 2010 -- 12:30 AM