1950s Memphis to hit Horsham

SHINE ON: The five-piece tribute band Sun Rising will perform the music of 1950s rock and roll greats at Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Friday.

SHINE ON: The five-piece tribute band Sun Rising will perform the music of 1950s rock and roll greats at Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Friday.

THE sounds of 1950s Memphis will be in Horsham on Friday night when Sun Rising perform at the Wesley Performing Arts Centre.

The Melbourne tribute act performs songs by artists who recorded for the famous Sun Records during the birth of rock and roll.

Music legends such as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Howlin' Wolf launched their careers at the famous Memphis studio.

Acoustic guitarist and vocalist David Cosma said he and fellow founder Damon Smith started the group in 2012.

"We were independent original artists working together for a few years," he said.

"I'm a big Elvis fan and he's a big Jerry Lee Lewis fan so we thought it'd be cool to put a show together."

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Smith said the band was popular with a range of age groups.

"The funny thing is realising how popular a lot of those names still are with the current generation," he said.

"Johnny Cash, Elvis and Carl Perkins really resonate with Gen Y."

He said the group looked forward to playing in Horsham.

"In smaller towns you get a sense of people going out to have a really good night and really absorbing the vibe and the feeling of the show," he said.

Smith said people were often taken aback with how many big names forged their careers at the small Memphis studio.

"People walk away with a bit of a history lesson because we present it chronologically," he said.

The project has given Smith an insight into the talent of Sun Records producer Sam Phillips.

"It reinstates how much of a visionary Sam Phillips was - he knew what he was doing," he said.

"He knew how to discover a quality in an artists and really expose it with their minimal technology."

Sun Rising will perform at the Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Friday from 8pm.

A centre spokeswoman said tickets online at www.wesleypac.com.au or from Helloworld Horsham on 5382 6699.

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