Memphis & the Meantimes
Music of Cash, Haggard, Parton and more at the Holmes on Wednesday
Elvis Presley. Carl Perkins. Roy Orbison. Merle Haggard. Buck Owens. Johnny Cash. Loretta Lynn. Dolly Parton. Jerry Lee Lewis.
These names, and many more, were among those that graced the stage of Nashville's Grand Ol' Opry and recorded the hits that made Sun Records into the label credited as being "Where Rock 'n' Roll was Born."
And it was these songs and artists that inspired Twin Cities singer-songwriter Mick Sterling to put together the talented eight-piece ensemble known as Memphis & the Meantimes, which will perform at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
"Memphis & the Meantimes was actually one of the earliest shows that I produced," Sterling said in a recent interview. "I kind of got the inspiration from watching the Grand Ol' Opry one afternoon... these songs are so strong and timeless, and the musicianship was incredible.
"Without these artists, there would be no popular music as we understand it," he continued. "They started it all."
Sterling added that if you're looking for a show that celebrates modern-day country and country rock, this isn't it.
"We're not doing any new country or rock," he said. "This is '50s, '60s, early '70s country — the bedrock, the pillars of country and rock 'n' roll."
It was this early country and rockabilly sound that formed the foundation of modern rock, Sterling added.
"I'm generally known as a soul and R&B singer, but I've always loved that music," he said. "This show has been going for 14 years now, off and on."
Sterling is also a fan of the Holmes Theatre itself, having brought several shows to the local venue in the past few years, such as "A Billy Joel State of Mind" and "An Andy & Bing Christmas."
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