During our recent and incredible parent’s getaway to Memphis, we made a stop at the historic Sun Studio, also known worldwide as “The Birthplace of Rock’n’roll”. Now, you might not know this off the top of your head, but by the time you’re through reading this post, you will surely have an appreciation for it. My other half, Sean, is a very talented musician. He’s also an oracle of Music History. I couldn’t think of a better person to explore Memphis with and to bring to Sun Studio. Ready to plan your travel now? Check out my travel discounts page where you can get the best travel prices online.
About Sun Studio – The Historic Memphis Recording Studio
Unless you’re a super fan (and I do mean super) of some America’s greatest music artists of the 1950’s, or you’re my mother’s age, you probably wouldn’t know Sun Studio like you would, say, Capitol Records. But Sun Studio is actually the place where iconic Rock’n’roll legends like Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins got their big start.
Those are some pretty heavy names, and they all have special stories to tell and no one tells them better than the tour guides at the Legendary Sun Studio. But those aren’t the only voices you’ll hear when you get on this tour. At Sun Studio you can hear the voices of the musicians that haunt this studio as you listen to snippets from recording sessions giving guests a completely immersive experience. The energy of the music and the artists who created it is very much still alive in this time capsule.
Built in 1950 the walls of this little slice of history have seen actual magic. And when you step inside, you’ll see it too. From their collection of Rock’n’roll memorabilia to the actual microphone that Elvis used during his sessions, it’s easy to have somewhat of an out-of-body experience during your visit. We sure did.
Our Sun Studio Experience Rocked So Hard
Standing in the same room, holding the same mic and being surrounded by the same walls as the most influential recording artists in Rock’n’roll history gave me a complete rush. I didn’t realize just how visceral this experience would be until I was there front and center.
The knowledgeable enthusiastic tour guide really brought it all home too. I felt like I was in the school of rock learning about the great legends of the 1950’s. I loved them before I went, but after I walked out I certainly had a deeper appreciation for them as artists.
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We spent about 45 minutes on the tour and 15 minutes before and after the tour checking out the gift shop. The tour filled up pretty quick. If you want to get photos of the gift shop then you should get in there right after a tour starts and hang around until the next tour. And bring some spending money. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want T-shirts, CDs and basically all the things. I found it to be a great spot to get my mother a Christmas gift, so something to think about there.
Visiting Sun Studio was such a moving experience for us, I can’t even begin to describe it. We even went back during dusk to get some cool shots in front of the neon signs. That was easy enough to do, we just parked next door for 5 minutes. If you go back at night, try to take it in as you’re standing there where Elvis and Johnny Cash stood, chatting about girls and music.
For those who are staying at Graceland, there is a shuttle bus that will bring you to and from the studio so you don’t even have to drive. And, if you’re staying downtown, you’re just about 5 minutes away.
If you’re going to Memphis and you have a deep love and appreciation for music, you absolutely must go to Sun Studio. It will feed your soul and likely be one of the best things you do during your trip. For more information about visiting Sun Studios, go to https://www.memphistravel.com/sun-studio.