Skyville Live has announced a special show with rock and country icon Jerry Lee Lewis on August 24. Joining Jerry Lee on the stage will be Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack with additional special guests announced in the coming weeks. The show will celebrate the legacy of “The Killer” and his award-winning catalog of hits.
“Jerry Lee Lewis is an American treasure and we’re beyond thrilled to welcome him to Skyville Live,” commented Wally Wilson, creator of Skyville Live. “We have some truly amazing artists lined up to play alongside and salute this living legend.”
Beginning at 7 PM CT on Thursday, August 24, the latest edition of Skyville Live will also feature the Skyville Live band of industry elites. Led by guitarist Kenny Greenberg, the band features the best session musicians around including Mike Rojas (keys,) Mickey Raphael (harmonica,) Fred Eltringham (drums,) Justin Schipper (pedal steel/utility) and backup singers.
Unique and unexpected pairings will add to the growing list of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations delivered only by Skyville Live, from Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, Jewel, Brandy Clark and Amanda Shires bringing down the house with Kris Kristofferson on his classic “Me and Bobby McGee” to a fiery take on “Come to My Window” with Cam joining Melissa Etheridge on stage to the impassioned performance of Steve Earle’s “Pilgrim” featuring the acclaimed songwriter alongside Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price and Colter Wall.
Jerry Lee Lewis is one of the all-time best singer-songwriters, musicians, and pianists. A true American Stylist akin to all-time greats Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Al Jolson, he is an architect of great genres such as rock n’ roll and rockabilly as well as a commander of country music and the blues.
He was born in 1935 to Mamie and Elmo Lewis of Ferriday, Louisiana. In November of ‘56 Jerry Lee made his way to Memphis, Tennessee where he would join Sun Records and launch hit records with “Crazy Arms,” “Whole Lotta Shakin,’”, and “Great Balls of Fire.” Jerry Lee, along with his friends, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins would become known as the Million Dollar Quartet and there is not any part of music that their influences haven’t touched. As a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s very first class of inductees, “The Killer” holds numerous awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, numerous GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other honors. He is truly rock’s first great wild man, and shows no signs of stopping, touring around the globe still today.
Kentucky-born musician Chris Stapleton is one of Nashville’s most respected and beloved musicians. Since releasing his now double Platinum debut solo album Traveller in 2015, Stapleton has received multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM Awards and remains one of the most critically praised musicians of his time. His sophomore follow up, From A Room: Volume 1, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon its release and, with it’s Gold certification, remains the strongest-selling country album of 2017. Rolling Stone calls the album “strikingly focused, sonically and thematically” while The New York Times praises, “Like Traveller, From A Room is earthen, rich with tradition, has a tactile intensity and is carefully measured.” In celebration of the album, “Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show” tour is currently underway and will span throughout 2017. In 2015, Stapleton made his Skyville Live debut performing “Whipping Post” during the Gregg AllmanTribute show.
Known for her stunningly “shimmering” (NPR) voice, progressive traditionalist Lee Ann Womack has sung for multiple Presidents, performed award-winning duets with everyone from Willie Nelson and John Prine to John Legend, and much more. Lee Ann has built a career on songs that slice life wide open to let the pain and desire pour out; her music is the ultimate form of connection, unvarnished and true. With six albums and international chart-topping singles to her credit, Lee Ann has earned six Country Music Association Awards (including Single and Album of the Year), five Academy of Country Music Awards, a Grammy, and much more. Beginning July 22, Lee Ann will join her friend and collaborator Patty Griffin for a 7-date, co-headlining tour — “An Acoustic Evening with Lee Ann Womack and Patty Griffin.”
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