Sun Records Founder Sam Phillips To Get CMHoF, Music City Roots Tribute

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 10.08.26 AMThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will join Music City Roots to present a special tribute concert in honor of Sun Records founder and producer Sam Phillips. Among those performing will be Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp, Sleepy LaBeef, Colin Linden, and Bobby Rush. Between sets, Phillips’ biographer Peter Guralnick and Phillips’ youngest son Jerry Phillips will be interviewed.

The concert is set for Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats or $10 for general admission and can be purchased at or at the door. The show will also be streamed live at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum previously partnered with Music City Roots in 2014 when they celebrated the 10th anniversary of the museum’s exhibit Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970.

The concert is presented in support of Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, a current exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, which is open through June 2016.

Phillips introduced the world to Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Rufus Thomas, Ike Turner and many more. The exhibition takes an in-depth look at Phillips and the social and cultural impact of the music he created in heavily-segregated Memphis.


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