On October 28, Jerry Lee Lewis will release Rock & Roll Time, a collection of covers, and his first new album since 2010’s Mean Old Man.
As was the case with Mean Old Man, Rock & Roll Time will round up a host of star collaborators, including Keith Richards, Neil Young, Ron Wood, Derek Trucks, Robbie Robertson and more. Likewise, the songwriters whose work Lewis is covering includes top-tier names like Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and Kris Kristofferson. The title track, written by Kristofferson, is available now:
As the name “Rock & Roll Time,” and, of course, Lewis’ reputation suggest, “This is a rock & roll record,” Lewis told Rolling Stone. “That’s just the way it came out.”
Coming out the same day as Rock & Roll Time will be Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, a biography co-authored with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Rick Bragg. “All these other books have come out, and there wasn’t no truth in any of them.” Lewis told Rolling Stone. “I just thought I’d set the record straight.”
In addition to recalling his own past with this new biography, Lewis also brings to mind the old days with the new album’s cover photo, taken outside the old Sun Studios building, where Lewis made his name, and helped invent rock ‘n’ roll, nearly 60 years ago. Fittingly, Lewis recorded much of Rock & Roll Time at another studio just minutes away.