In the mid-1950's, the Memphis Recording Service and Sun Records, led by Sam Phillips, managed to change American music forever. The songs, stories, and characters involved (Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Rich) became mythological archetypes in Blues, Country, Rock, and Pop music and ripples of their art continue to wave through music today. Creative independence, tenacity, and even more than a bit of sheer luck fed the fire that spread across the American south, up the Mississippi River, and eventually around the world. Singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and author Tommy Lewis presents a short lecture/performance on Sun Records and the sound that shaped America.
Tommy sits near the heart of the creative revolution in Americana, working with country legends, including Radney Foster, and folk powerhouses like international award-winning songwriter Chad Elliott. Rob Ellen of Medicine Show Records (U.K.) calls him "a true testament to the quality of poetry, artistry and performance that continues to blossom in the Lone Star State." His latest single, "Salt Water Wine," continues to climb Americana radio in Europe and in the U.K., and received airplay on stations all across the United States. Subtle, smooth, and always thoughtful, visit www.tommylewis.net for more info, tour dates, and free downloads.
Tommy will perform at Coffeyville Community College on Oct. 30 as part of the college's Humanities Project. The public is invited to the 10:30 a.m. Tuesday humanities performances at CCC. The performances are free and held in the Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre.
For more information about the humanities project at CCC, please call 620-251-7700, ext. 2166.