Show of hands: Who here caught Jerry Lee Lewis' 2011 appearance at Third Man Records? According to The Spin, the then-75-year-old Killer sounded killer with a "rich, aged-like-wine croon" as he plowed through classics like “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire." By all accounts, it was a pretty special appearance, with a backup band that featured the legendary likes of Steve Cropper, Kenny Lovelace and Jim Keltner, not to mention in-demand Nashville resident (and bassist for The Greenhornes, City and Colour, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, among others) “Little” Jack Lawrence. Also, star of stage and screen Edward James Olmos was there, and considering the fact that I was making my way through the Battlestar Galactica reboot at the time, it all felt a bit like a strange but overall totally rad dream.
Anyway, what's my point? This: Folks who either missed or want to relive The Killer's 2011 Music City performance will have another chance just a month-and-a-half from now. Jerry Lee Lewis will play the Mother Church of Country Music on Saturday, Oct. 4, as a part of his official 80th Birthday Tour. Tickets for that will run you between $49 and $95, and they go on sale this Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. via this link. According to a release, "Lewis is set to release both his album Rock & Roll Time and Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, a memoir co-authored with Rick Bragg, on Oct. 28, 2014. The album title track 'Rock & Roll Time' was originally co-written recorded by Kris Kristofferson in 1974."
Speaking of Kris Kristofferson, you may recall that he'll be playing the Ryman just three weeks before JLL stops in. And speaking of all these legends, Loretta Lynn will play a two-night-stand at the Mother Church just a week after Lewis. Let's just call it the Autumn of Awesome Octogenarians (and Near-Octogenarians), shall we? And since we were just talking about The Johnny Cash Show, which was filmed at the Ryman from 1969 to 1971, watch Lewis' 1970 Cash Show performance of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" above.