The Sun tributes keep pouring in. Last year, Seattle's Experience Music Project gave a month long toast to the famed Memphis label - which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year - followed by an acclaimed American Masters documentary, Good Rockin' Tonight, and companion CD. And recently, the Memphis chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy organization, unveiled the wonderfully made video Sounds of Memphis, which focused largely on Sun and Stax.
Now comes the 17th annual Premier Player Awards, a related fete from the Recording Academy's Memphis branch that honors Sun Records in a March 28 show at the Orpheum. "To me, it's one of the most important anniversaries in the history of Memphis, not just Memphis music," says local chapter executive director Jon Hornyak. "And we're inviting every Sun artist and descendant of Sun artists to attend the show, so we want it to also be like a Sun family reunion."