Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is preparing to release a new studio album this fall that features guest appearances by a bevy of fellow music stars. Rock & Roll Time , which is scheduled to arrive on October 28, will include contributions from The Rolling Stones ' Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood , Neil Young , former Band guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson and longtime E Street Band member Nils Lofgren .
Rolling Stone reports that the 11-track record will include a variety of interesting covers of Chuck Berry 's "Little Queenie" and "Promised Land," Bob Dylan 's "Stepchild" and Lynyrd Skynyrd 's "Mississippi Kid." It also will feature Lewis' take on the classic tune "Folsom Prison Blues" by his late fellow Million Dollar Quartet member, Johnny Cash .
The 78-year-old singer reveals that his wife requested that he record the latter song. "Johnny Cash was just one of the finest people in the world," Lewis tells Rolling Stone . "He's a great guy. I have lots of fond memories of Johnny."
You can check out Rock & Roll Time 's title track now at RollingStone.com and VanguardRecords.com . The song, which was written and originally recorded by Kris Kristofferson , features Jerry Lee teaming up with singers Vonda Shepherd and Bernard Fowler , as well as guitarists Doyle Bramhall II , Jon Brion and Kenny Lovelace .
Lewis says of the album in general, "This is a rock & roll record. That's just the way it came out." Rock & Roll Time is the third studio effort "The Killer" will be releasing in the past decade. The previous two, 2006's Last Man Standing and 2010's Mean Old Man , also featured impressive casts of guest stars.
Coinciding with the release of Rock & Roll Time , a biography titled Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story , written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg , will be published the same day.
With regard to his tome, Lewis says, "All these other books have come out, and there wasn't no truth in any of them. I just waited 'til the right time [to do mine]. I just thought I'd set the record straight."
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