My latest recording, The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records by Barbara Barnes Sims, went on sale today on Audible.
This is a fun and informative nonfiction book about a young woman, Barbara Barnes, and her experiences working at Sun Records in Memphis in the 1950's. From Audible:
"An American institution, Sun Records has a history with many chapters: its Memphis origins with visionary Sam Phillips, the breakthrough recordings of Elvis Presley, and the studio's immense influence on the sound of popular music. But behind the company's chart toppers and legendary musicians there exists another story, told by Barbara Barnes Sims. In the male-dominated workforce of the 1950s, 24-year-old Sims found herself thriving in the demanding roles of publicist and sales promotion coordinator at Sun Records. Sims's job placed her in the studio with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and other Sun entertainers, as well as the unforgettable Phillips, whose work made the music that defined an era. Her disarming narrative ranges from descriptions of a disgraced Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable impact and tragic fall of DJ Daddy-O Dewey to the frenzied Memphis homecoming of Elvis after his military service. Collectively, these vignettes offer a rare and intimate look at the people, the city, and the studio that permanently shifted the trajectory of rock 'n' roll."
I had a chance to speak with Ms. Sims a couple of times while recording this book (checking on name pronunciations) and she was a delight. Head over to Audible to listen to the sample/purchase here.