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PERFORMER/WRITER/PRODUCER 

DAMON SMITH

Damon Smith sat at a grand piano, exhibits his effortless ability
- Milly Farmer

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PERFORMER/WRITER/PRODUCER 

DAVID COSMA

“his full-bodied croon pairs the silken wryness of Elvis Costello and the gravel of Bob Dylan.
-
Ruth McIver, The Age

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PERFORMER

TRENT MCKENZIE

“Trent McKenzie is a treat to watch plucking away on his double bass.”
-
the clothesline.com

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PERFORMER

ADAM COAD

“Adam Coad is a smiling, snazzy drummer”
-
AUSTRALIANSTAGE.COM.AU

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PERFORMER

ADRIAN WHYTE

“exceptionally talented”
- STORIES WELL TOLD.COM.AU

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PERFORMER

LISA M

"A prodigious talent”
-
the advertiser

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THE SONGS THAT MADE MEMPHIS

TSTMM, was the brain child of good friends, Damon Smith and David Cosma and was written after numerous passionate conversations about the studio and the need for someone to perform the music, as authentically as possible, to the thousands of fans of Sun Records, and the era in which it was born. 

 

The Songs That Made Memphis takes famous tales and often hilarious anecdotes from Sun Records artists, and its creator, Sam Phillips. The narrative and music combination is designed to inform and educate the audience while rocking them senseless and it's this amalgamation of good humour, excellent musicality and great story telling that makes for a world class production and a wonderfully entertaining audience experience. 

 

 

"David Cosma is keen you get the story right, presenting Phillips and his stable of stars story chronologically, and introducing the songs with a wealth of appreciated information. Helping David with his dream is the fabulous Damon Smith. Smith rips the ivory off the 88s with terrifying slides, yet tickles his way through solos - he is both slap and tickle." Thebarefootreview.com.au

 

Sun Rising walks the audience through a chronological tour of Memphis’ famed Sun Records, focusing on the early period of 1950-57 and touching on artists including Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, BB King, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis & more, and for six years, SR have performed sell out shows all around Australia and have amassed a huge fan base and received glowing reviews.

 

"Melbourne band Sun Rising is rocking with an utter belter of a show. The Songs that Made Memphis is an exuberant, potent homage to the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll that has the audience jiving beyond the exit." InDaily.com.au