Loudoun-based singer-songwriter Andy Hawk and his band The Train Wreck Endings hit Memphis last month to record a brand new single “Once or Twice” at the famed Sun Studio.
The single will be officially released Friday, April 22. Known for thoughtful songwriting and Americana style, Hawk and his bandmates have developed a hardcore local following, while getting noticed on a wider scale.
Hawk wrote “Once or Twice,” played acoustic guitar and sang lead vocals on the track. Paul Bordelon played the electric guitar, and Chuck Bordelon played bass. Nancy Griffith-Cochran sang backup. The band recorded several other cuts at Sun, including a cover of “Ring of Fire,” made famous by Johnny Cash, who got his start in the same sound room.
“It was really amazing to stand where Elvis did when he recorded ‘That’s Alright (Mama)’ and all those early Sun hits,” Hawk said. “I got to sing into a mic used by Bono for U2’s sessions for the ‘Rattle and Hum’ album. Also, we played around on Jerry Lee Lewis’ piano. The place is exactly like it was in the ’50s, except for all the photos of who’s recorded there on the walls now.”
“Once or Twice” will be included on an album of new material slated for release next year.
Andy Hawk and the Train Wreck Endings play their regular First Friday gig May 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at King’s Tavern and Wine Bar, 19 S. King St. in Leesburg. For more information, go to andyhawk.com.