Hard core rock and roll fans should keep their eyes peeled to Third Man Records who will release a second batch of Sun Records 45s this month featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, D.A. Hunt, and our own Roy Orbison with his classic "Rockhouse" b/w "You're My Baby." Third Man has leased the rights to the entire Sun catalog and they're clearly having fun selecting from Sam Phillips' wide array of talent and sounds. Of all the artists that "got away," perhaps Roy was the greatest missed opportunity for Sam.

Roy didn't stay at Sun long. Sam wanted to hear blues, Roy wanted to sing ballads. Roy left Sun and tried out RCA in Nashville under Chet Atkins (where he cut the rockabilly classic "Almost Eighteen") before landing at Fred Foster's Monument Records. It was during his time on Monument that Roy bought his Epiphone Bard 12 string acoustic and began writing an unprecedented string of hits like "Only The Lonely," "Oh, Pretty Woman," and "Leah." We've always felt proud to be a part of Roy's legacy. But his early rock and roll days are not to be missed. Roy was a more-than-fair guitar player and you'll hear that in evidence on "Rockhouse." For the balladeer in you, Epiphone still makes a killer 12 string guitar, the DR-212, with a Select Spruce top and a super strong Rosewood bridge that not only supports the DR-212 mightily but helps ring out it's superlative tone. The 12-string is bound to make a comeback. And like Roy, it never goes out of style. Play one today at your authorized Epiphone dealer and get yourself an early holiday present.

Rockin' the House with Roy Orbison