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Jerry Lee Lewis Rocks the Texas Hill Country

Jerry Lee Lewis, 2010 - Photo © Manuel Nauta
Jerry Lee Lewis, 2010 - Photo © Manuel Nauta

Living legend and rock-n-roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis headlined the two day Revival Festival at Nutty Brown Cafe Saturday, May 8, 2010. On Friday, the line up included Two Tons of Steel, Wayne Hancock, The Blasters, Lee Rocker and Asleep At The Wheel. The Saturday line up started with Buzz Campbell & Hot Rod Lincoln followed by Matt Hole, Rick Trevino and The Supersuckers. The festival ended with a performance by the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Nutty Brown Cafe was probably the most perfect venue for The Revival Festival with a cool 65 degrees and star filled Texas Hill Country sky. Many people were in Rockabilly 1940s – 1950s style dress. The atmosphere was relaxed and laid back with folks dancing in front of the big stage. The crowd quickly grew after Rick Trevino in anticipation of Jerry Lee Lewis. Jerry’s band took the stage around 11 pm and played two songs as he sat off to the side listing. Then Jerry carefully walked up to his grand piano to a thunderous applause from the crowd. It was an amazing feeling for me to see the “The Killer” walk up on stage, an artist who like Elvis has defined American rock-n-roll. Taped to his grand piano music stand was the hand written set list, it looked like it had been written by Jerry himself. Without a doubt, this hand written set list will one day be added to Jerry’s Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame collection. Although Jerry Lee Lewis played a great set, it was obvious that with age he has become a bit more calm and some what frail. While at the piano, his fingers played the keyboard with amazing speed and agility and his voice still gave that special edge to the famous songs such as “Chantilly Lace”, “Georgia On My Mind”, “Shake Rattle and Roll” and “Johnny Be Good” to name but a few of the 28 songs on the set list.

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