Good music is gonna find good people. Be a good person and check out the new Sun Records TV show teaser from CMT, after the jump. Like Rock ‘N Roll itself, CMT says Sun Records is red-blooded, white hot, and born from the blues. Sun Records season one premieres on CMT Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
Formerly known as Million Dollar Quartet, Sun Records is a scripted drama featuring the 1950s Memphis music scene, including sensations Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Chad Michael Murray, Billy Gardell, Drake Milligan, Kevin Fonteyne, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Trevor Donovan, Keir O’Donnel, Jennifer Holland, Margaret Anne Florence, and Kerry Holliday star.
Sun Records Teaser | CMT
Learn more about Sun Records from this TNT press release.
CMT RELEASES FIRST TEASER FOR SEXY AND SOULFUL “SUN RECORDS”
New Series Starring Chad Michael Murray as Sun Records Founder Sam Phillips Debuts Thursday, February 23 at 10 PM ET/PT
Nashville, December 19, 2016 – CMT today unveiled its first teaser for the red-blooded, white-hot, born-from-the-blues series “Sun Records” premiering Thursday, February 23 at 10 PM ET/PT. The all-new scripted series based on the Tony Award®-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” will join “Nashville” to complete CMT’s new Thursday line-up.
In the teaser, fans get their first preview of young Elvis Presley (Drake Milligan) and Johnny Cash (Kevin Fonteyne) with guitars, Jerry Lee Lewis (Christian Lees) jamming out on the piano, and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips (Chad Michael Murray) in the studio asking to hear something musically he hasn’t heard before.
Set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, “Sun Records” tells the untold story of nothing less than the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Guided by Sam Phillips, young musicians like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound created by artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Domino and Ike Turner, and changed the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.
The all-star cast includes Billy Gardell (Presley and Eddy Arnold’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker), Jonah Lees (Jimmy Swaggart), Trevor Donovan (Eddy Arnold), Keir O’Donnell (Dewey Phillips), Jennifer Holland (Sam’s wife Becky Phillips), Margaret Anne Florence (Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker), and Kerry Holliday (Ike Turner).
“Sun Records” is produced by Thinkfactory Media with Leslie Greif (“Hatfields & McCoys,” “Texas Rising”) as executive producer, Gil Grant (“24” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”) as executive producer and showrunner, Barry Berg as co-executive producer and Herb Nanas and Colin Escott as producers. Oscar nominee Roland Joffé directs, with Jayson Dinsmore and Julia Silverton as executive producers for CMT. The series is based on the musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Escott, with original concept and direction by Mutrux. Casting done by Fern Champion and Sharon Lieblein.
For more information on “Sun Records,” visit CMT.com and the CMT app, like the show’s official Facebook page and join the conversation using #SunRecords.
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