To script it on paper, it might seem an unlikely matchup. Linda Gail Lewis, piano player and rockabilly singer, paired with one of the more famous songwriters to come out of the alt-country era, Robbie Fulks. And yet, their new […]
Jerry Lee Lewis knows he is going straight to hell. So he plays. And he stays alive. Jerry Lee Lewis is a self-proclaimed stylist. According to the Killer himself, there are only four original American voices: Al Jolson, Jimmie […]
Joe Swank has had his hands in all aspects of radio — as a DJ, programmer, and a label rep. From reading his responses to my questions, I can see that he values the freedom of being an independent promoter and a […]
There’s some sort of twisted justice in Jerry Lee Lewis’ having survived his own hard living to produce both personal and professional longevity. Rejected by Nashville, he built foundational rock ‘n’ roll pillars at Sun, faded at Smash, rebuilt himself […]
In my continuing effort to highlight DJs from all over the world, I present Rolf Hierath from Germany. He is a big Johnny Cash fan and does no less then three weekly radio shows. Bill Frater: Where and when did you […]
Names like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck quickly come to mind when discussing the greatest British rock and blues guitarists. Few venture forth the name Kim Simmonds – a Welshman who, night after night, rips off guitar licks […]
He was just one bigamous marriage to his 13-year-old cousin (and a trip to England) away from eclipsing Elvis, and Rick Bragg’s book, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story tells the tale from Jerry Lee’s perspective. In the summer of 1957, Lewis […]
Every fall we’ve come to expect—and sometimes to anticipate—the airwaves being flooded with reflections of aging rock stars as they meditate autumnally on the high notes, low notes, and the crescendos of their musical journeys. This year is no different, […]
Hide your women, lock up the drugs, and cover the children’s ears — the Killer is back, and he’s badder than ever. Jerry Lee Lewis’ latest, Rock & Roll Time, is not so much a comeback as it is a […]
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