'Dukes of Hazzard' actors, Ben Jones and Catherine Bach
Things will really be rockin’ at the Nashville Palace on Saturday, June 14, when Cooter’s Place presents Rockabilly Saturday Night: A Tribute to Sun Records.
Ben Jones (aka Cooter from “The Dukes of Hazzard”) and his wife Miss Alma are honoring the legendary Sun Records label with the shindig, which will feature several artists who recorded for Sun, and several other legendary rockabilly artists.
Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers are headlining along with rockabilly icon Sleepy LaBeef and Cooter’s Garage Band. The special hostess for the concert is none other than Catherine Bach, who portrayed Cousin Daisy Duke. Also performing will be the WS “Fluke” Holland Band and The Stunning Cunning Band featuring J.M. Van Eaton.
During the day, the stars will meet and greet rockabilly fans at the Sun Record Store directly behind Cooter’s Place on McGavock Pike across from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and just two doors down from the Nashville Palace.
“I’ve been listening to Sonny Burgess and the Pacers since I went crazy for the Sun Records sound back in the ’50s”, says Jones. “Sonny was there with Elvis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and all of those other acts than revolutionized American music. These guys are the real deal and they’ve just gotten better with age.
“I would challenge any bunch of young rockers to try to keep up with them. And Sleepy LaBeef knows every song that was ever written, I think. This is going to be nothing but fun!” said Jones.
Sun Records was bought from founder Sam Phillips by the late Nashville music legend Shelby Singleton and continues as a vibrant caretaker of the great Sun sound.
The renowned Nashville Palace was recently bought and renovated by Jesse Lee Jones of Robert’s Western World and has been considerably refurbished to its former glory.
“They have done a first class job with the old place,” says Jones. “Besides being terrific folks, they really care about doing things right, and they love country music in the traditional way.”
Tickets are $25 and on sale now at the Nashville Palace. There is no admission fee for the Sun Records meet-and-greet appearances at Cooter’s during the day.
In addition, Bach will be on hand at Cooter’s throughout the day June 14 signing pictures and autographs at Cooter’s from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
On Sunday, June 15 there will be a private brunch with Bach at the Palace beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for children 10 and younger, and $25 for adults. Only 200 seats are available for this special event. Hands on Hips (HOH) society members will get $5 off admission to the Sunday brunch and a free picture with Bach.
Below is more information about the musical line-up:
Ben Jones & Cooter’s Garage Band – Jones and his band will kick off this Sun Records tribute show with country and rockabilly music.
Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers – Dubbed one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll music… the Pacers traveled with many different artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Patsy Cline. The Pacers are Rockabilly Hall of Fame members and will headline the show.
WS ‘Fluke’ Holland Band – WS began his career in 1954 as Carl Perkins drummer… playing on the Sun Records release “Blue Suede Shoes,” then went on to a legendary 40 year career with Johnny Cash. Ringo Starr may have said it best… “WS started Rock & Roll when he put the drums on “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Sleepy LaBeef – This Rockabilly giant has released records in six different decades and has shared the stage along the way with the likes of Elvis, Orbison, Perkins, George Jones, Glen Campbell and Wanda Jackson… and still performs 200 shows a year.
The Stunning Cunning Band featuring J.M. Van Eaton – J.M. was the orginal drummer at Sun Records and performed most of the hits between 1956 – 1960 and was Jerry Lee Lewis’ drummer. The Stunning Cunning Band is a Rockabilly band led by Brandon Cunning out of Memphis.
Rockabilly Saturday Night: A Tribute to Sun Recods
The music begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike (across from the entrance to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel). Tickets are $25. ASunday Brunch with Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 15. Tickets are $25 for ages 11 and older; $10 for 10 and younger. Tickets are on sale at the Nashville Palace, or go to www.cootersplace.com, or call Cooter’s Place in Nashville at 872-8358.