A new miniseries based around the early days of rock and roll is coming to CMT next year.
Sun Records is set in Memphis, Tenn. and revisits the groundbreaking recording sessions from artists including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The eight-part series is based on the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. The show focuses on the origins of the legendary label and its founder Sam Phillips.
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CMT’s series will star former One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray as Phillips, Kevin Fonteyne as Cash and Drake Milligan as Presley. The miniseries is the latest project for the expanding network. The channel recently became the home of the formerly-canceled ABC drama Nashville. They are also set to air the second season of Billy Ray Cyrus’ show Still the King early next year.
Sun Records Studios is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and was recently spotlighted in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame. A 24-hour diner themed around the music and history of Sun Records also recently opened in Nashville.
You can catch the first installment of Sun Records beginning Thursday, Feb. 23 on CMT.