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Admission is $5.00 in Folklore Hall at 9:00 pm
Up and coming Memphis rocker Landon Lane and his Stunning Cunning Band join forces with special guest, rockabilly legend Smoochy Smith, on March 14 for the next great Saturday Night Music show at the Center for Southern Folklore.
Growing up, Landon Lane's parents couldn't afford a piano, but that didn't keep young Landon from absorbing the blues, boogie-woogie, rockabilly and gospel music intrinsic to the Mid-South. He was especially drawn to the rockabilly piano work of Smoochy Smith. At age 27, he bought a digital piano, practicing obsessively day and night. Lane later met Smoochy Smith through his brother, and Smoochy invited Lane to his home. As Landon puts its, "I played "You Win Again" during that visit. I was just nervous as I could be playing in front of this legend." Smoochy said, 'You're pretty good. Now sit down and let me show you how to play that thing.'" In 2008, a dream was realized as he recorded his first CD, Back to the Basics, produced by his idol, Smoochy Smith. Backing Landon Lane on the Folklore Store performance is his group, Stunning Cunning Band, which features Brandon Cunning on guitar, Mark Hattley on bass and Gene Rackley on drums. http://www.gomemphis.com/news/2008/oct/09/listen-up-landon-lane-and-the-stunning-cunning/ .
As a studio pianist for Sun Records from 1957 to 1959, Jerry Lee "Smoochy" Smith was instrumental in creating "The Great Memphis Pumping Piano Sound." He played on numerous record sessions at Sun as part of the house band that backed up many legendary rockabilly artists such as Billy Lee Riley, Ace Cannon, Warren Smith, and others. Later, at Stax Records, Smoochy co-wrote and played on the Mar-Keys million seller "Last Night". He also played on Carla Thomas's first album,"Gee Whiz." These and dozens of other stories about his long and distinguished career are covered in his 2008 autobiography, "The Real Me." http://www.smoochysmith.com/photogallery.htm l.