Memphis TN

Art Ritchie grew up in East Rochester, New York in the same part of town that Elmer Brooks grew up. Elmer would later hire Art becoming one of his mentors in the music industry. After serving in the military, Art returned to East Rochester in 1960 and joined the sales team at Aeolian Piano Company...
Matt Ross-Spang is a Grammy award winning engineer, mixer, and producer. His first brush with greatness began at only 14 years old, when he received 2 hours studio time at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN for his birthday. He went on to intern at Sun Studios when he was 16 and really learned what it...
Martin Shore began playing drums at the age of six and always found great comfort in music.  When the idea of a documentary about Memphis music came up, Martin ran with the idea, which has become the award winning film Take Me To The River.  The film was shown at the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of...
Smoochy Smith was hired by Sam Philips at Sun Studios in Memphis to play piano on a few sessions in the late 1950s.  Smoochy was being requested for record dates from both local performers as well as others who heard his style on countless tunes.  He soon recorded on several other labels such as...
Jody Stephens, along with three of his friends, formed the influential rock band Big Star and went on to recording several albums with the band. The band cut their early demos and all of their studio recordings at Ardent Studios in Memphis. The studio's founder, John Fry, took a liking to Jody and...
Wendel Stoltz was only a year old when his father, a big band musician, opened a music store in Memphis.  The year was 1949.  Wendel’s father, Colie, continued to perform at night for many years until the store was established enough for him to focus on the business.  Wendel worked in the store...
Norm Thompson began his career in the music products industry as a salesman for retailers in Memphis during the 1950s. He worked his way up to a position of buyer for the store O. K. Hauck, which introduced him to the wholesalers, many of whom he would later work for. Norm found it rewarding to...
Archie “Hubby” Turner served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and always felt the experience taught him, among other things, to appreciate the opportunity you have to add beauty and music to the world.  Archie has done just that as a session player in Memphis, including at Hi Records.  His...
J.M. VanEaton was the house drummer for a little recording company in Memphis that began one of the centers of the birth of rock and roll. Sun Records was formed by Sam Philips in 1951 and was put on the map when Elvis Presley began his career at Sun Records. Just a few months after Elvis left for...
Jason D Williams grew up with music all around him so it was no surprise that he devoted his life to playing.  With a strong influence from boogie woogie and rockabilly, Jason D began performing in the style of Jerry Lee lewis at an early age.  He soon discovered many other musical heroes and...

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