October 17, 2014
Words by Butch Worrell
Photos by Butch Worrell
(Cake and Book photos by “Bird”)
Jerry Lee Lewis turned 80 and launched a “Birthday” tour which touched down at the “Mother Church of Country Music”, Nashville's The Ryman Auditorium October 4th.
The tour coincides with the release of “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story”, his memoirs co-authored with Rick Bragg and his latest Album, “Rock and Roll Time”. It seemed as though all of Nashville was either at the show or celebrating downtown that night.
The first set was sans Jerry, with his veteran bandleader Kenny Lovelace, lead guitarist Buck Hutchinson, Ray Gann on bass, and Robert Hall on drums opening up. They were joined by Linda Gail Lewis, Jerry's little sister, and her daughter Annie Marie Dolan-Lewis. Linda Gail showed that she had the Lewis family talent playing the piano and singing, especially on “Shake, Rattle, and Roll”.
After a brief intermission the curtains parted and it was “Killer” time! Jerry Lee might be 80 years old, but he is definitely not too old to Rock n Rol1!!! Opening up with a Roy Orbison tune, “Going Down the Line”, the audience belonged to him. He rocked through 10 more songs (see set list below) and ended the show most appropriately with “Great Balls of Fire”! 80 y/o in age but still 18 in spirit. Thank you Jerry Lee Lewis, for a real good time.
1, Going Down the Line, Roy Orbison
2. You Win Again, Hank Williams
3. Before the Night is Over
4. Little Queenie, Chuck Berry
5. C. C. Rider, Ma Rainy
6. Drinkin Wine, Stick McGhee
7. She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye
8. Whole Lot of Shakin going on, Big Maybelle
9. Don't Put no Hradstone on my Grave
10. Roll Over Beethhoven, Chuck Berry
11. I wish I were 18 Again
12. Great Balls of Fire