Lewis tells “Rolling Stone” he believes “Rock and Roll Time” is the best song on the album. He adds that the track is representative of the disc, which he describes as “a rock and roll record.” But the song, which dates back 40 years, originally comes from a country album. Kris Kristofferson wrote “Rock and Roll Time” with Roger McGuinn and Bob Neuwirth for his 1974 album “Spooky Lady’s Sideshow.” Lewis is backed on his new version by a number of stars, including Doyle Bramhall the Second and Vonda Shepard, while his star-packed album features Shelby Lynne, the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richard, the E Street Band’s Nils Lofgren, and others. Other covers on the eleven-track set include Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie,” Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Mississippi Kid,” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”
“Rock and Roll Time” is due on October 28th — the same day his biography, “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story,” is published. He told his story to author Rick Bragg for the book, which Lewis calls “magnificent.” He says he “forgot nothing” over the decades, and agreed to the project to “set the record straight” since all the other books about him have “no truth” to them.