Sun Studio Sessions

The music series features today's best new touring artists performing live in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Artists share personal stories behind their songs and music.

All Past Episodes

Jason Freeman

27:10 | #1010 | TV-G

Jason Freeman performs several songs and talks about the influences that shape his musical style.

Reba Russell

28:50 | #1009 | TV-G

Reba Russell and her band perform "Red Mississippi Clay," "Going on Strong," and more songs.

Reed Turchi & His Kudzu Choir

28:32 | #1008 | TV-G

Multi-instrumentalist Reed Turchi and the Kudzu Choir display their authentic musical chops.

Rebecca Haviland & The Whiskey Heart

28:14 | #1007 | TV-G

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Haviland performs "Bright City Lights" and more songs.

Chad Elliott & The Redemption

28:02 | #1006 | TV-G

Chad Elliott blends mid-western story telling with gritty blues and rock to create a unique sound.

Patrick Sweany

28:45 | #1005 | TV-G

Patrick Sweany performs several fan favorites, including "Every Gun" and "Working for You."

Billy Woodward

27:50 | #1004 | TV-G

Billy Woodward earned acclaim for his stellar performances in the Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet as a member of the touring cast. He performs several songs, including tracks from his latest record The Beast in Me.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

28:44 | #1003 | TV-G

While Chris Robinson is best known as the co-founder and lead singer of the band the Black Crowes, he now leads the soulful, bluesy ensemble known as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

McKenna Bray

27:08 | #1002 | TV-G

McKenna Bray is a Memphis-based singer-songwriter building a growing fan base with her insightful lyrics and soulful voice.

JD Wilkes & The Legendary Shack Shakers

25:32 | #1001 | TV-G

JD Wilkes & the Legendary Shack Shakers have earned a loyal following for their high energy live shows featuring their unique take on Southern Gothic "hillbilly blues."

Liz Brasher

25:25 | #913 | TV-G

Liz Brasher displays her considerable vocal talents on several songs including "Wade in the Water."

Dale Watson

24:44 | #912 | TV-G

Dale Watson performs many of his signature tunes, including fan favorite "My Baby Makes Me Gravy."

Chris Kearney & Reid Anderson

28:39 | #911 | TV-G

Chris Kearney & Reid Anderson showcase their storytelling style with several of each other's original songs.

Graham Winchester & The Ammunition

26:56 | #910 | TV-G

Graham Winchester showcases his gifted lyrical abilities with "Alabama Sun" and more songs.


25:01 | #909 | TV-G

Lucero performs songs from their record Women and Work and fan favorites like "Nights Like These."

Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

28:30 | #908 | TV-G

Chuck Mead and his band dazzle through several numbers, including "I'm Not the Man for the Job."

Marcella & Her Lovers

26:13 | #907 | TV-G

Marcella Rene Simien and the band romp through "Where Are You" and more sizzling original songs.

Don Bryant

28:13 | #906 | TV-G

Don Bryant shows off his soulful pipes on several songs including "Don't Give Up on Love."

Delta Music Experience, Part 2

24:25 | #905 | TV-G

Delta blues musicians including Bobby Rush, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, and Cedric Burnside perform.

Delta Music Experience, Part 1

24:51 | #904 | TV-G

Delta blues musicians including Bobby Rush, James "Super Chikan" Johnson, and Cedric Burnside perform.

Southern Avenue

28:09 | #903 | TV-G

The high energy band rollicks through several songs, including "Don't Give Up" and "Wildflower."

Blue Mother Tupelo

28:45 | #902 | TV-G

The duo performs several fan favorites including "Livin' the Good Life" and "Mississippi Mud."

Run River North

25:20 | #901 | TV-G

The band performs several of its reflective modern folk songs including "Pretender" and "Salt Pond."

Jakob Dylan and 3 Legs

29:00 | #213 | TV-PG

Grammy winner Jakob Dylan and band perform several tracks from Jakob's latest record Women & Country and he shares a story about meeting Sun Studio founder Sam Phillips.

Eli Reed

29:00 | #212 | TV-PG

Eli Reed talks about his musical influences and performs several songs include "Take My Love With You."

Shannon McNally/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

29:00 | #211 | TV-PG

Shannon McNally's set includes "Holdin' On, Holdin' Out," while Grace Potter and band perform "Sugar," "Night Rolls On," and "Put Your Head Down."

Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles

25:23 | #210 | TV-PG

Singer Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles perform live set stalwarts, including "Daniel Lee" and "Diablito."

Joshua James

29:00 | #209 | TV-PG

Artist Joshua performs and talks about his songwriting style. His performance includes "Black July" and "Ribbon Bows."

Garrison Starr

29:00 | #208 | TV-PG

Haling from the Memphis suburb of Hernando, Miss., singer-songwriter Garrison Starr is accompanied by Jay Nash, and her performance includes "Hey Girl" and "Gasoline."

Langhorne Slim

29:00 | #207 | TV-PG

Langhorne shares some thoughts about his songs and the performance includes "Diamonds & Gold" and "Restless."

Ryan Montbleau Band

29:00 | #206 | TV-PG

The band performs its jazz-infused rock on 200+ show dates a year including at major festivals such as Bonnaroo and New Orleans' Jazz Fest. Ryan and band perform multiple tracks typically featured in their live show, including "75 & Sunny" and "Honeymoon Eyes."

Jenny Alpert

29:00 | #205 | TV-PG

The diversity in singer-songwriter Jenni Alpert's emotionally driven songs converge modern-day pop influences and a wide spectrum of vocal styles reminiscent of Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and Aimee Mann. Alpert talks about her approach to songwriting and performs fan favorites including "Heaven" and "Untied."

Backyard Tire Fire

29:00 | #204 | TV-PG

Backyard Tire Fire, relentless road warriors whose music has a "storyteller's touch and a guitar god's muscle" (Paste Magazine), share stories behind their songs and perform multiple tracks from their latest record, including "Brady" and "Good to Be."

Truth & Salvage Co.

29:00 | #203 | TV-PG

Harmony-laden roots rock band Truth & Salvage perform several songs from their debut record including "Pure Mountain Angel" and "Old Piano."

Teeny Tucker

27:53 | #202 | TV-PG

Daughter of famed bluesman Tommy Tucker, Teeny is making her own mark on the genre by performing at major blues festivals around the world including the main stage of the Monterey Blues Festival. She talks about her evolution as a blues singer and performs songs from her latest record including, "Ain't That the Blues" and "Keep the Blues Alive."

The Walkmen

27:54 | #201 | TV-PG

Critically acclaimed indie-rock band with shimmering guitars and soaring vocals. The Walkmen perform several songs from their You & Me album, including "Canadian Girl" and "I Lost You."

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Jay Nash is a world touring troubadour with one foot in modern music and the other firmly planted in traditional Americana. Nash's most recent record features members of the multi-platinum selling Counting Crows as well as a duet with 2009 Grammy nominee and Billboard chart topper Sara Bareilles. Jay performs several songs from the record.

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Amber Rubarth is a world touring singer-songwriter based in New York who has earned praise from NPR, the New York Times, and a large following both home and abroad. The Boston Globe says of her shows, "You will leave with a crush on her."

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals constantly tour the US with appearances on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. Potter and the band are a staple act at large outdoor festivals like Bonnaroo. This intimate performance - which captured the writing of a brand new song - is a special look at these rising artists.

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David Ford is a uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist from the south east coast of England. Ford's music has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone and NBC's Carson Daly has hosted him three times to perform on his show. David has toured with music heavy weights like Ray Lamontagne and Elvis Costello.

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Catherine Feeny is a Philadelphia born, but Los Angeles based, singer-songwriter who has had her music featured in the motion picture Running With Scissors and the television series The OC. Her single "Mr. Blue" reached #1 on the U.S. iTunes Charts.

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Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers are a prolific touring act based in Massachusetts. The band's music has been featured on the television series One Tree Hill and has performed on NPR's Mountain Stage.

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Thea Gilmore has been dubbed "the best British singer-songwriter of the last 10 years, and then some" by Uncut Magazine. Joan Baez personally invited Gilmore to tour with her and in 2008 the music icon dueted with Thea for "Low Road" on her critically-acclaimed release LieJacker.

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Five Times August has had songs featured in over 40 television shows, including MTV's The Hills and The Real World and performed live on the CBS' The Early Show. Touring college campuses and appearing alongside major acts, Five Times August has built a growing following with one of the most robust online presences of any young artist.

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Vienna Teng is a classically trained pianist with an angelic voice. Teng tours the world and has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and NPR's Weekend Edition.

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Jon McKiel is a Canadian born singer-songwriter based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jon's Nature of Things record reached # 3 on the national Canadian Broadcasting Corporation charts and his music has been featured in the CBS drama NUMB3RS.

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Trey Lockerbie is a young Nashville based singer-songwriter who has written songs for several major selling artists and has performed on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

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Amy LaVere is a recent Americana Music Awards "Best New Artist" nominee and is currently starring in MTV's new series Five Dollar Cover. Constantly touring abroad and in the U.S., including major festivals like Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, London's Royal Albert Hall, and NPR's Mountain Stage, Amy's star is just beginning to rise.

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The Watson Twins were born and raised in Louisville, Ky. and are pure Americana. The Twins have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, performed on Conan O'Brien, and have had their music featured in ABC's Grey's Anatomy.

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