5 Musicians, 5 Songs, 5 Hours, 1 Legendary Studio
So this drummer walks into legendary SUN Studio . . . that's how it all began. If you've never toured SUN, put it on your list. It's a lump in your throat, goose bump of an experience. More than 60 years after it hosted Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and many others, SUN is still available for recording projects.
With a dream of playing in this space, and after a couple of years of, "What if?" and "Wouldn't it be cool?”, an opportunity finally came together. First, Classic Drummer Magazine booked a studio date at SUN for a Saturday evening in January. Next, Blues/Folk original Bill Sheffield generously agreed to share his songs and his talent. Finally, a quickly-assembled band of his friends John Wieland from North Carolina, Jim Radway and Steve Bryant from Georgia, and Paul Linden from Mississippi converged in Memphis for a one-night session that everyone present will always remember.
The process was fairly "old school", with just a couple of takes for each tune, all recorded live and in the moment . . . sort of the way the great Sam Phillips might have done it.
Bill Sheffield - Guitar, Vocals
Paul Linden - Harmonica
John Wieland - Bass
Steve Bryant - Drums
Jim Radway - Producer
Matt Ross-Spang - Engineer
Kevin Bryant - Photographer - Videographer
The Original Music of Bill Sheffield Recorded Live at SUN Studio, Memphis, TN
All music © Bill Sheffield