In the American Public Television-distributed program BLUE SUEDE SHOES: A ROCKABILLY SESSION WITH CARL PERKINS AND FRIENDS, 1950’s rockabilly star Carl Perkins gives a fantastic performance while playing alongside other iconic musicians in an unforgettable night featuring his classic songs. Perkins, who died in 1998, was a highly influential guitar player and the composer of multiple hit songs, including his biggest chart-topper, “Blue Suede Shoes.”
The concert special initially premiered in 1985 as an hour-long TV show that celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Blue Suede Shoes,” an instant classic that earned a place in the history books when it became the first million-seller to crossover from the country chart to the pop and R&B listings. Now, a newly enhanced high-definition presentation of this classic performance will release on public television stations nationwide beginning November 25, 2016.
Throughout the show, the famed Perkins plays alongside fellow music luminaries, including Dave Edmunds, Rosanne Cash, and Beatles legends George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Perkins is also accompanied by world-class guitarist and classic rock superstar Eric Clapton.
Highlights of the program include Starr’s performance of the Perkins tunes “Honey Don’t,” and “Matchbox” and Harrison’s take on “Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby,” all of which the Beatles covered years ago. A rollicking, star-powered rendition of “Blue Suede Shoes” caps off the night.
Filmed at London’s Limehouse Studios, this rare live performance features Harrison and Starr’s first reunion gig since the ’70s and is now widely appreciated because of Harrison’s unfortunate death in 2001. The program captures Perkins’ innovative musicianship, his influence on fellow musicians, and his enduring impact on the evolution of music.