Coming from the Americana Society of Memphis on June 16 is Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records. The album was produced by Luther Dickinson and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording and Kevin Houston at Sun Studio. Proceeds go to St. Jude. (Full disclosure: I played on it, and have my own track, a cover of Warren Smith’s “Red Cadillac And a Black Mustache”). Bob Mehr has the full story at the Commercial-Appeal.
Also in the same article: Memphis’ scrappy upstart studio, High/Low, is moving into a new location: the old American East studio. The studio was originally built by Chips Moman in 1968 to handle overflow business from his American Studio, which at the time was one of the most in-demand recording studios in the US. A lot of great records were made in that building, especially in its later incarnation as Easley-McCain, where artists like Townes van Zandt, Sonic Youth, the White Stripes, and Wilco made noteworthy albums. Congratulations to owners Toby Vest and Pete Matthews!