Monday, March 24, 2008
Sun Studios--there's another site I never expected to be so moving. Everything that's rock-n-roll started right here. We watch I Walk the Line pretty regularly, so it was hard not to imagine the scene where Johnny Cash nervously walks into Sun with a few dollars in his hand to cut his first record. A few years before, an 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked in the same way--as did all the off-the-street rock and blues legends (like B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, etc.) who were discovered there. The studio is exactly as it was when they were there--in fact, there's an X on the floor marking where Elvis Presley stood when he cut his first Sun record (he was so nervous, he had to stand with his back to the engineering room). The microphone that Elvis, Johnny, and all the others used is still there--and available for photo ops, as seen in the photo of Ron.