Valerie June, Bobby Rush, Amy LaVere and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars are among the artists contributing to Red Hot: A Memphis Celebration of Sun Records.
The album is out on 16 June as the first release by the non-profitmaking Americana Music Society, which exists to foster and support the creation, performance and appreciation of Americana music in Memphis and the MidSouth. LaVere’s appearance is particularly appropriate, because when she moved to Memphis, she worked at Sun for a time.
Red Hot pays tribute to the major musical legacy of the Sun label and is co-produced by Dickinson and Tamara Saviano. Her biography of American musical frontiersman Guy Clark, Without Getting Killed Or Caught, was published last October by Texas A&M University Press.
Dickinson himself covers Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Moanin’ At Midnight’ on the album, which features 2017 Grammy-winning soul-blues veteran Rush singing ‘Tough Titty.’ LaVere contributes ‘Ten Cats Down’ while June does ‘Sure To Fall. There are further tracks by the Million Dollar Quartet featuring Chuck Mead, Jimbo Mathus, Shawn Camp, Bryan Hayes, john Paul Keith and Alvin Youngblood Hart, who covers Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’
Profits from the album will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, one of the leading organisations in the fight against childhood cancer.