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Jody Stephens "Keeping The Beat" as the new CEO of Ardent Studios 

Originally published Saturday June 20, 2015
Memphis Daily News
By Andy Meek

Jody Stephens may best be known as a rock 'n' roll timekeeper, the guy whose drum kit kept the beat and provided the rhythmic foundation for the pioneering power pop group Big Star. Today, though, Big Star's sole surviving original member also keeps a different sort of rhythm.

More than 40 years after he first walked through the doors of Ardent Studios at 2000 Madison Ave. – home to the seminal Memphis recording facility where Big… Read more

Ken Stringfellow and his country opera 

© Claudia Roraius
These days you can find Ken Stringfellow in France, where he's working on a myriad of projects. One of his current affairs is a country opera (no, really) based on his song "Doesn't It Remind You of Something" from 2012's Danzig In the Moonlight. The project, titled The Record: A Country Concept Album, is a joint effort between Stringfellow and Texas musician and songwriter Holly Muñoz.

The album is available for pre-order now. Early buyers will be granted exclusive access to… Read more

Those Pretty Wrongs with Jody Stephens and Luther Russell 

Those Pretty Wrongs were formed in 2012 after Jody Stephens asked Luther Russell (of the Freewheelers) to join him to perform Big Star songs for the screenings of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. In June 2015 Those Pretty Wrongs released a 7" on Burger Records featuring "Lucky Guy" and "Fool Of Myself". The tracks were recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, home to all of Big Star's studio albums.   

Chris Bell Tribute Concert 

The first ever tribute concert for Big Star's founder Chris Bell! An all-star band, lead by Adam Hill of Ardent Studios, performs songs from Bell's acclaimed "I am the Cosmos" LP and Big Star's "#1 Record." Special guests include Van Duren, Richard Rosebrough, and more. Further details on the roster of "special-guest" musicians will be announced soon. The event will be on May 22nd at 9PM.

Find details and tickets HERE.