STAX @ 60 CONCERT SERIES: John Paul Keith

The Early Satellite Recordings – Stax Goes Rockabilly


Celebrating the early years of Stax Records. In 1957, Jim Stewart began making records in his wife’s uncle’s garage in North Memphis. In this garage on Orchi Road, Stewart recorded Fred Byler (who played bass and sang in Stewart’s fiddle band, the Tennessee Cottonpickers), a fast-paced rockabilly single by Don Willis, and country songs by Donna Rae and the Sunbeams and Ray Scott and the Demens. Using rudimentary technology, some trial and error, and passion for the music, Stewart and his colleague, Marshall Ellis, set the course for Memphis music history with these early recordings. Join Memphis roots rocker John Paul Keith for this special show featuring these early songs plus some of Keith’s original compositions.