Million Dollar Quartet

I sometimes think I was born in the wrong era.

Even as a teenager, it was music from the 50s and 60s that dominated my collection. I’ve visited Graceland in Memphis. I’ve played guitar at Hank Williams’ grave in Alabama. I took a road trip to trace the life of Buddy Holly from Lubbock, TX to the plane crash site in Clear Lake, Iowa. But I would give anything to travel back in time to be there in the moment when Phil Ochs played his first coffee house in Greenwich Village, or the Beatles at Empire Stadium or to find myself walking down Union Avenue on December 4th, 1956.

Fortunately for me, there are records. And Sam Phillips made some of the best of them.

Sam seized his opportunity of being in the right place at the right time, recording the best of what Memphis’s diverse music scene had to offer: blues, country, gospel, boogie, western swing and everything in-between. Before long, Roy Orbison came a-knockin, then Charlie Rich, not to mention the four young men who became known as the “Million Dollar Quartet”. When Sam hit record he wasn’t just making hit records, he was documenting a special moment in history: the birth of Rock & Roll.

Sam named his company Sun as a sign of perpetual optimism: a new day and a new beginning. When we listen to these records, we ARE travelling back in time to that day. They haven’t been tracked, overdubbed, processed and auto-tuned. These are records of musicians in a room, playing together in all its raw, imperfect beauty. More than anything else, he captured the spirit of these pioneers and immortalized them on vinyl, “where the soul of a man never dies”.

Starting this month, the Arts Club Theatre takes audiences back to the greatest impromptu jam session in rock and roll history at 706 Union Ave in Memphis, Tennessee when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley played together for the first and only time . I’ve had such a good time putting this show together as musical director and I couldn’t be more proud of the cast.

Get you tickets today!

A Rock and Roll Christmas with Buddy and the Beatles!

Molly, Buddy and the Beatles

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! I’m thrilled to reunite with Vancouver’s own Fab Fourever along with my wife, Molly D, this December. We are touring our acclaimed tribute show to Chilliwack, Ladner, New West, Victoria, Duncan, Campbell River, Maple Ridge and North Vancouver between Dec. 15-22nd to celebrate the music of Buddy Holly and the Beatles and to spread a little holiday cheer.

Give the gift of Rock & Roll this holiday season and get your tickets to a Rock & Roll Christmas with Buddy and the Beatles today!

TOUR DATES AND TICKET INFO:

Dec 15 – Chilliwack, BC
7:30pm – Cultural Centre
Call 604.391.7489 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.ChilliwackCulturalCentre.ca

Dec 16 – Ladner, BC
7:30pm – Genesis Theatre
Call 604.507.6355 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.BellPerformingArtsCentre.com

Dec 17 – New Westminster, BC
7:30pm – Massey Theatre
Call 604.521.5050 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.MasseyTheatre.com

Dec 18 – Victoria. BC
7pm – McPherson Playhouse
Call 250.386.6121 For Tickets, or
Buy Online 24/7 at www.rmts.bc.ca

Dec 19 – Duncan, BC
7:30pm – Cowichan Theatre
Call 250.748.7529 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.cowichanpac.ca

Dec 20 – Campbell River, BC
7:30pm – Tidemark Theatre
Call 250.287.7465 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.TidemarkTheatre.com

Dec 21 – Maple Ridge, BC
7:30pm – The ACT Theatre
Call 604.476.2787 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.TheActMapleRidge.org

 Dec 22 – North Vancouver, BC
7:30pm – Centennial Theatre
Call 604.984.4484 For Tickets, or
Buy Online at www.CentennialTheatre.com

 

Introducing: The Everly Lovers!

During the last Legends of Rock & Roll tour I had the pleasure of introducing my main squeeze, Molly D, to my hometown crowd.  We decided to perform a duet of one of our favourite duos of the 50s – The Everly Brothers.  It was such a hit that people asked for more from what we coined “The Everly Lovers”.  So we had a little fun shooting “All I Have to do is Dream” at the apartment while we prepare to return for our Rock & Roll Christmas in December.

See you then!

An Entomologist Dream: the Beatles AND the Crickets!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended what I joked as an “entomologists dream line-up” – the Legends of Rock & Rock presenting a tribute concert of the Beatles AND Crickets.  We played three packed venues in BC: the Mary Winspear in Sydney,  the Port Theatre in Nanaimo, and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan.  The shows were very well received and we hope to reunite again for a more extensive tour sometime next year.

Buddy and the Beatles

The Beatles are my long-time favourite band.  It was a dream come true sharing the stage with the Fab Fourever.  Not only was it a dream come true for me but I like to think we were living out a dream for the Beatles themselves.  They were hugely inspired by Buddy but never got a chance to meet him in person.  I think they would have gotten along nearly as well as we did 😉

Another dream came true for me on this tour.  My dream girl, Molly Dee, made her dazzling debut performing in Canada.  She lit up the stage performing highlights from Lulu and Dusty Springfield as well as forging a new act together as “the Everly Lovers”.

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Next up:  Molly Dee and I return along with the wild and wonderful piano talents of Lancy Lapinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis for a Rock & Roll Xmas in December.  See sidebar for dates!

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