Tamara Saviano – Co-Producer
Tamara is a Grammy and an Americana award winning producer, publicist, manager, live concert producer, talent booker, and former music television producer and music journalist. She produced or co-produced award winning Tribute Albums:
• Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, and was honored with a 2004 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album,
• The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson,
• Grammy Nominated This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, which won Album of the Year at the Americana Honors and Awards in 2012, and
• Recently released (2014), Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne, has also has impressed music critics.
Luther Dickinson – Co-Producer
The North Mississippi Allstars (founder) released their debut album, Shake Hands With Shorty, in the spring of 2000. Their debut proved to be a success and earned them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’. After earning 2 more Grammy nominations in the same category for 51 Phantom (2001) and Electric Blue Watermelon (2005), the North Mississippi Allstars earned the reputation as one of the most intriguing acts to emerge from the loam of Southern blues and roots rock.
In 2009 Luther teamed up with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus to form the South Memphis String Band. The trio has toured across the country and released two albums since then. In 2012, Luther formed The Wandering, a five-piece folk band featuring Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June and Sharde Thomas (Otha Turner’s granddaughter), and released their debut record Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here. He also recorded and released a solo acoustic album, Hambone’s Meditations, which received a 2013 Grammy nomination for ‘Best Folk Album’.
Bryan Hayes – Associate Producer
Bryan originated the Sun Tribute Project concept. He is an Americana singer-songwriter, engineer, producer, and performer. He is an owner of Farmhouse Studio, a local recording studio involved in production, engineering/mixing, and live performances. Bryan has recorded four studio albums to date. Bryan has a BA and MBA from the University of Memphis, and a Master Certificate of Audio Production from Berklee College of Music. He is also serves as an adjunct professor at Visible Music College.
The Red Hot house band was an impressive group of some of Memphis’ finest: Luther Dickinson (guitar), John Paul Keith (guitar), Cody Dickinson (drums and percussion), Amy LaVere (bass) and Rick Steff (keys).
Red Hot’s artists have a direct connection to Sun’s history: Luther Dickinson and his younger brother Cody, the North Mississippi All Stars’ drummer, are the sons of the late musician-producer Jim Dickinson. Sitting in as vocalist and pianist with the Jesters, a Memphis garage band that included Sam Phillips’ son Jerry among its members, the elder Dickinson recorded “Cadillac Man,” one of Sun’s last singles, in 1966.
The Dickinson brothers serve as the hub of Red Hot’s house band, which also includes bassist-vocalist Amy LaVere, one of the Bluff City’s best-known front women; singer-guitarist John Paul Keith, a solo notable and a former member of the Tearjerkers; and keyboardist Rick Steff, whose credits include work with Cat Power, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and Memphis’ Lucero. Keith, LaVere, and Luther Dickinson take lead vocals on numbers originally performed by Phillips’ artists – respectively, Warren Smith’s “Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache,” the Miller Sisters’ “Ten Cats Down,” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Moanin’ at Midnight.”
The set’s wild card is 83-year-old blues singer and harp player Bobby Rush, who is heard on a remake of his raunchy 2003 track “Tough Titty.” Rush himself boasts a link to Sun’s history: In 1952, the teenaged performer traveled from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Memphis to meet Sam Phillips. He didn’t manage to get signed to the label, but has racked up more than 50 years of stardom on the Southern chitlin’ circuit.
01. Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache – John Paul Keith
02. Sure to Fall (In Love With You) – Valerie June
03. Lonely Weekends – Shawn Camp
04. Ways of a Woman in Love – Bryan Hayes
05. Red Hot – CMT’s Million Dollar Quartet featuring Chuck Mead
Kevin Fonteyne as Johnny Cash, Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley, Christian Lees as Jerry Lee Lewis and Jonah Lees as Jimmy Swaggart
06. Tough Titty – Bobby Rush
07. Ten Cats Down – Amy LaVere
08. High School Confidential – Jimbo Mathus
09. Folsom Prison Blues – Alvin Youngblood Hart
10. Moanin’ at Midnight – Luther Dickinson