With The Revue (Formerly Dante's Bop)
Put a Little Soul in your Country
|Hello. My name is Jerry Unger. I would like to share with you a little
background about who we are and the music we play. Nora and I have
worked together in bands since the Eighties. Over that time we
have developed a unique and interdependent musical style. Both our
playing and singing styles, have blended to create a sound that is our
In 2005, my wife, Donna and I, went to Memphis to visit Graceland and see the sites. Donna is first grade teacher so she makes a great tour guide (the name tag was a little embarrassing). As part of our tour she insisted we visit Sun Studio. Sun is the small studio where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and many others got their start. During the tour I found out that Sun is still a working studio. I immediately called Nora to plan a trip for the band to record there.
|We made the pilgrimage with our band, Dante's Bop, to Memphis,
Tennessee, in July of 2005. There, we recorded an entire album at the legendary Sun
Studio. For this album, we wrote songs that would fit the style of the
early Sun artists.
Since that time, Nora and I have gone back to record at Sun 3 more
times, resulting in two complete albums and a few singles.
As we continued our writing and song development, I began to realize just how many of the classic music performers, were based in Memphis. In the 50's Sam Phillips, Sun Studio, launched the careers of some of the great Country and Rockabilly artists. Then in the early 60's, classic Soul artists, like Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Booker T and the MG's and Isaac Hayes, all came out of Stax Studio on McClemore in Memphis. Then the late 60's Dusty Springfield, The Boxtops, Neil Diamond and Elvis all had classic hits recorded at American Studios, another small store front studio in Memphis. Later in the 60's and early 70's, Hi Records in West Memphis, launched the careers of Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Otis Clay, all outstanding southern soul singers.
As I mentioned earlier, we have recorded 4 different projects at Sun Studio. We make the pilgrimage to Memphis every other year. (The in between years we travel to Nashville to participate in a variety of Singer/Songwriter venues there). We hope that you will come to one of our shows and listen to the music we perform. I am sure that some of it will strike a chord with you.
Thanks Jerry Unger