A Sun Records podcast to explore the history of the iconic Memphis label
Sun Records will be the subject of an imaginative new podcast focusing on the history and artists of the iconic Memphis label.
“Midnight at the Sun Diner” is a production of Primary Wave Music – the New York-based company that purchased the Sun music catalog earlier this year – and Audio Up Media, the company responsible for the hit podcast “Bear and a Banjo “.
The program’s announcement comes just ahead of the label’s 70th anniversary, launched in 1952 by producer and musical visionary Sam Phillips. Primary Wave noted that “Midnight at the Sun Diner” will be part of a larger effort to celebrate Sun’s platinum anniversary over the next year.
“Midnight at the Sun Diner” – which premieres in early 2022 – will take a semi-dramatic narrative approach to telling Sun’s familiar tale. According to the press release announcing the show, it will be a “musical podcast series evolving in the genre and traveling in time.”
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The narrator of the series is a fictional music journalist who is assigned an article on Sun Records. He searches “around Memphis in search of his great story only to arrive empty-handed. That is until he ends up at the Sun Diner, where he stumbles upon a multiverse portal that takes him back to Sun’s early years. Records. There he meets all of the legendary Sun Records artists, including Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, as well as Sun Records founder and producer Sam Phillips. “
As the narrative unfolds, “artists today are learning that they can travel through time to meet their heroes face to face and even hold jam sessions together, bringing new inspiration and news. ideas to their own music “.
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According to the show’s synopsis, “Through a series of sets, the podcast will blend in with the stories of the Sun Recording artists and delve deeper into the label and studio’s legacy, ultimately telling the history of the famous label to through staff the history of its artists. Each episode will also feature performances of songs from Sun Records’ music catalog with a discussion to be followed by contemporary artists. Future plans for the podcast will also include recording artists performing their own. favorite songs from Sun Records live from the Sun Diner. “
“The story of Sun Records has been told in many ways. I am convinced that fiction is a great way to enter this rich and lush musical meta verse for artists to collaborate and explore Sun’s vault. “said Jared Gutstadt, Founder and CEO of Audio. At the top.
“Podcasts are another gateway for harnessing music and stories. I already see this as a streaming visual series once we realize the concept for the first season in the podcast space. With Sun Records’ intellectual property and publishing assets, the potential for soundtrack and derivative content is limitless.
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Audio Up’s Creative Director Jimmy Jellinek, a former journalist, developed the concept for the podcast.
“Be present at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and put the listener in the room with Jerry Lee Lewis as he sets the piano on fire or stand next to Sam Phillips as he wrestles with Leonard Chess for Howling Wolf’s contract is about as much of a delightful opportunity as one can get, “Jellinek said.” The Sun Story is the history of American music and in that the history of America itself. same.”
Primary Wave acquired the assets of Sun in May, as part of a $ 30 million deal with the Singleton family. The late Nashville musical entrepreneur Shelby Singleton bought the label and its catalog from Sam Phillips in 1969.
Sun’s purchase added to Primary Wave’s already impressive collection of publishing and music assets. The company represents a range of major artists, including Bob Marley, Stevie Nicks, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Burt Bacharach, Prince and Ray Charles, among others.