Personnel: Jerry Lee Lewis (vocals, piano); Kenny Lovelace (guitar, fiddle); Joel Shumaker (guitar); Bill Strom (organ); Buddy Harmon (drums).
Audio Mixers: Chet Himes; Gary Briggs .
Liner Note Author: Terry Lickona.
Recording information: Austin, TX (10/17/1983).
Director: Gary Menotti.
Editor: Justin Barclay.
Photographer: Scott Newton.
In 1983, when Jerry Lee Lewis performed on the Austin City Limits show from which this recording is taken, the Killer was pushing 50, but he played with the power and vitality of a 20-year-old. On Live from Austin, TX, he sounds just as authoritative plowing his way through his '50s classics ("Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On") and his later country-oriented material ("39 and Holding"). He also breathes new life into tunes associated with his heroes (Hank Williams' "You Win Again") and his peers (Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little 16"). Rattling the piano keys like a man possessed and hollering like a Baptist preacher with his pants on fire, Lewis makes it plain why he is considered both one of rock & roll's founding fathers and one of the longest keepers of the flame. ~ Jim Allen