Jerry Lee Lewis
Rock & roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is set to have a big year, as the 78-year-old Killer will release Rock & Roll Time, his third album in a decade, and Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, his memoir co-authored with Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, on October 28th.
As with Lewis' last two records, 2006's Last Man Standing and 2010's Mean Old Man, Lewis teamed with a who's who of artists he inspired, including the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Ron Wood, Neil Young, former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, country singer Shelby Lynne and more.
The selection of songs draws from the catalogues of Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie," "Promised Land"), Bob Dylan ("Stepchild"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Mississippi Kid"), Jimmie Rodgers ("Blues Like Midnight") and even a track by one of his Million Dollar Quartet buddies, Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), one of two songs that finds him playing guitar. "My wife stepped in and asked me to do that one," he says. "Johnny Cash was just one of the finest people in the world. He's a great guy. I have lots of fond memories of Johnny."