Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis at the Cannon Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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There's a whole lotta writing about the Killer going on. The greatest performer in the history of American music is going to perform and talk with his official biographer Rick Bragg on Friday night at the Cannon Center. See this week's Flyer for Leonard Gill's interview with Bragg. As for Jerry Lee, you can watch this video of him playing at a casino back in July of this year. He's old as Hell. But watch the face of his longtime guitar player Kenny Lovelace, who watches over Lewis' performance like someone helping an elderly person walk. But there is a moment when the old man swells the piano up like a wave at Mavericks. It's a volcano of sound that many piano players would feel ashamed to try. It's purely improvised and catches Lovelace off guard. You can watch him smile and marvel at the wild spirit that animates this elderly incarnation of Huck Finn. You can't do that. 


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