Some day soon I have to visit Nashville and Memphis... but until then Sun Studios in Memphis -- the home of Elvis and Stax and a boatload of music history -- has begun posting a blog livefromsunstudio which invites musicians to come play in their historic studio. They then post video clips in pieces on the site. So far, one clip each from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Amber Rubarth are available, with promises of more from both of them and many others. We hear Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles have already recorded there, so we eagerly await those. The nice thing about these clips is that the musicians really seem in awe of playing in such a historic setting but it's casual enough that it feels more like you're in the studio with these guys rather than at a show. Also, the site posts fun historic anecdotes about the studio. Today they feature a happy birthday tribute to Roscoe Gordon and his song "Cheese and Crackers." I don't know of the man or the song, but the story is great. Hear the song here. The Sun Studio blog is definitely worth bookmarking and visiting often.
To see U2 recording "Angel of Harlem" at Sun Studio, click here.
Grace Potter at Sun Studio below.