Memphis Made Tora Tora hit legendary Sam Phillips Recording over the weekend to cut tracks with Producer/Engineer Jeff Powell for the band's new upcoming album to be released on Frontiers Music SRL in 2019. The band's history with Jeff dates back to the 1992 A & M Records Release Wild America on which Jeff served as assistant engineer at Ardent Studios. The chemistry between Jeff and Tora Tora is undeniable and obviously sets the tone for this long awaited release from the band who taught you how "To Rock To Roll" and put on your "Walkin Shoes". Fortunately, I had a personal invite from both Jeff and Tora to hang out and get a preview of new tunes. Let's just say the die-hard Tora fans will be both pleased and happy with a few surprises on the new album. There's no explanation needed as to why the guys chose Sam Phillips Recording for this album as they are all influenced by THE late, incredible rock n roll pioneer himself, Sam Phillips, and have flown the flag high for Sun Studio/Memphis Recording Service throughout their careers (see Tora photo below from 1989 where Tora member Keith Douglas reps Sun Studio). The guys have partnered with Italian based label Frontiers Music SRL to release the new album who reached out to them and offered a deal.
Big thanks to the Phillips Family, Jeff Powell and Tora Tora for allowing me exclusive access to the recording session over the weekend. I will certainly be bringing updates as they develop.
In the meantime, get your tickets for the next Tora Tora Memphis show at Minglewood Hall on Saturday, Decemember 29th at minglewoodhall.com
For all things Tora Tora, please visit: toratoramusic.com
Above photo credit: Shaun Clark
Above photo credit: Matt Montgomery
Keith Douglas, Patrick Francis, John Patterson and Anthony Corder in Sam Phillips Recording Studio on 7/22/18 (Photos by Catrina Guttery