After Devastating Stroke, Jerry Lee Lewis Working on New Music
Louisiana native, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Jerry Lee Lewis is back at what he does best, making music. Which is pretty amazing, considering he is 84 years old, and also suffered a debilitating stroke in February of 2019 at his home in Nesbit, Mississippi.
'The Killer' famously hails from Ferriday, Louisiana, and is working on new music for the first time in five years. His gospel classics album will be produced by T-Bone Burnett, and will include songs he grew up singing in the tiny north Louisiana town he lived in, surrounded by his extended family. Part of that extended family included cousins who also went on to fame and fortune, and sometimes tragedy. Country singer Mickey Gilley, and disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
When Lewis suffered his stroke, it was at first classified as 'minor', but it turns out it actually was much more serious. He had to cancel a world tour, and also an appearance closer to us, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2019.. He spent three months in a rehab facility, just relearning the basics, like how to walk. Which makes it even more remarkable that he's in a Nashville recording studio once again.
When asked by Rolling Stone why he wasn't in the Country Music Hall of Fame, he said “I think I’ve always been a country artist. ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ was Number One in country. So was ‘Great Balls of Fire.’
We're sending the Killer some good vibes, and hoping he has fun recording his gospel album. Read more of the Rolling Stone interview here.