Take nine parts Jerry Lee Lewis at his rockabilly best, throw in a dash here and there of guys like John Fogerty, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and goodness gracious, great balls of fire, do you end up with one awesome rockabilly disc! Jerry Lee is at his piano-pounding best here, no-holds-barred, he's The Killer all over again.
Rock. Country. Blues. They all come from essentially the same place, of course, and that's what makes Americana. Jerry Lee Lewis was right at the beginning of rock-n-roll, one of the "white boys" who took the "black sound" of the blues and mixed it with hillbilly music and came out with rockabilly. Along with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis rocked Sun Records into a permanent place in history. All of them went on to become gigantic names in country or in rock or, as in the case of Lewis, both. Lewis had a few rough patches (some caused by his well-publicized personal life, including the marriage to his 14-year-old cousin), but pretty much ended up a strong country music crooner, with a long list of hits, including "What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made A Loser Out Of Me)", "Middle Age Crazy", and "Thirty Nine and Holding", all of which hit the top five on the country charts. But it's fairly obvious, listening to "Last Man Standing," that somewhere beneath the country crooner still lurked the heart of "The Killer."
Jerry Lee still knows how to pound on that flamin' piano, and he proves it in duets with Led Zepplin stalwart Jimmy Page, with the Rolling Stones (Mick and Ron Wood on "Evening Gown" and Keith Richards on an awesome version of "That Kind of Fool"), Ringo Starr, Kid Rock, John Fogerty, and The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. Then he bends the genres a little with B.B. King, Robbie Robertson, and Delaney Bramlett; and never forgets those country roots with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and George Jones. Plus, that's just the tip of the iceberg! This disc is absolutely jam-packed with hits, both Jerry Lee's own and the ones belonging to his duet partners, such as Fogerty's "Travelin' Band" and Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". Sometimes it doesn't really work as well as with others, but somehow it doesn't matter, just because it's all so very cool. It's pretty clear listening to each and every track that these artists are just loving being in the studio with Jerry Lee Lewis. Many of the songs have a riotous, feckless joy to them, as though demonstrating how many of these folks are performing with someone who inspired them to enter music in the first place.
- Rock and Roll (with Jimmy Page)
- Before the Night is Over (with B.B. King)
- Pink Cadillac (with Bruce Springsteen)
- Evening Gown (with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood)
- You Don't Have To Go (with Neil Young)
- Twilight (with Robbie Robertson)
- Travelin' Band (with John Fogerty)
- That Kind of Fool (with Keith Richards)
- Sweet Little 16 (with Ringo Starr)
- Just a Bummin' Around (with Merle Haggard)
- Honky Tonk Woman (with Kid Rock)
- What's Made Milwaukee Famous (with Rod Stewart)
- Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age (with George Jones)
- A Couple More Years (with Willie Nelson)
- Old Glory (with Toby Keith)
- Trouble in Mind (with Eric Clapton)
- I Saw Her Standing There (with Little Richard)
- Lost Highway (with Delaney Bramlett)
- Hadacohl Boogie (with Buddy Guy)
- The Irish Heart Beat (with Don Henley)
- The Pilgrim Ch. 33 (with Kris Kristofferson)