Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: February 23, 2017 — April 13, 2017
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Chad Michael Murray, Billy Gardell, Drake Milligan, Kevin Fonteyne, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, Trevor Donovan, Keir O’Donnell, Jennifer Holland, Margaret Anne Florence, and Kerry D. Holliday.
TV show description:
A music business drama, the Sun Records TV show unfolds in Memphis, Tennessee, during the first turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.
Sam Phillips (Chad Michael Murray), shepherds young musicians Johnny Cash (Kevin Fonteyne), Elvis Presley (Drake Milligan), Carl Perkins (Dustin Ingram) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Christian Lees). These up-and-coming white musicians combine hillbilly country music, with the ’50s R&B sound of African American artists.
Drawing on the seminal works of Muddy Waters, B.B. King (Castro Coleman), Fats Domino, and Ike Turner (Kerry D. Holliday), these artists made musical history. The series documents them, as they rocket to fame. Meanwhile, the nation is swept up by political changes and protests.
Episode #8; “Finishing School”
First aired: April 13, 2018
Colonel Tom Parker (Gardell) presses to take over Elvis’ career, but Sam struggles with the decision to let his star go. Jerry Lee’s philandering catches up with him, and Johnny Cash (Fonteyne) starts his own band. (Courtesy CMT.)
What do you think? Do you watch the Sun Records TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for another season on CMT?