Jerry Lee Lewis – Rock & Roll Time

jerry lee lewis rock and roll timeThis old time rock and roller truly does believe in the adage that you get by with a little help from your friends. In the follow up to his 2010 album Mean Old Man, keyboard pounder from way back Jerry Lee Lewis is accompanied by Robbie Robertson, Keith Richards and Neil Young on different tracks. They are not really sharing the spotlight with him as they are either playing guitar or providing background vocals. Jerry is the focal point but their support is important. The seventy-nine year old takes on some old blues standards plus a couple of covers including Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynard and  Bob Dylan songs and shows that he has the energy and the voice still to be up to the task. He is at his best on the slower and sadder tracks such as “Keep Me in Mind” which was written by the largely underappreciated Kris Kristofferson. The man called The Killer shows that he still knows have to beautifully snuff the life out of a song. A variety of genres – country, rock ‘n roll, blues, boogie woogie – are delved into and oddly what I really appreciated about Rock & Roll Time was that it reminded me that Jerry Lee Lewis can record a country track with the best of them.

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