Linda Gail Lewis Hard Rockin’ WomanLinda Gail Lewis Hard Rocking Women
"Linda Gail Lewis knows a thing or two about Hard Rocking from years of touring and recording with her big brother, Jerry Lee Lewis! But today Linda may be better known around the world for her own legendary high energy rock and roll shows! Hard Rockin Woman, Linda’s first album on Lanark Records, captures the spirit and soul of her live performances, the ones her fans around the globe have come to love! Recorded at the famed Lanark Studios, in Lancaster Pa, on the evenings of Feb 19th, 20th and during the day of the 21st, 2015. It was recorded and mixed the old school way with a real band with real instruments using a MCI JH24, a set of 1176s, a dbx 160, a Roland Space Echo, a Tascam Spring Reverb, a Sanco Reverb Chamber, Yamaha speakers on a AMEK Angela console. All songs were tracked live and complete. Some tracks are 100% live and some have a guitar overdub here or a harmony overdub there. No programing, digital editing, or pitch correction / auto tune was used it the making of this album! Enjoy" Mr. Sands, 2015
recorded with the Sanco 500 process for that world famous Lanark sound!
Linda Gail Lewis Hard Rockin Woman
Linda Gail Lewis: Piano, Harmonies
Annie Marie Lewis: Lead Vocals ,Harmonies
Danny Harvey: Guitars and Bass
Quentin Jones: Guitars and Bass
Blair King: Drums
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Quentin Jones at Lanark Studios, USA
Assistant engineer Caroline Jones
Mastered by Joseph Yannece
1. Hard Rockin’ Man
2. Spell Bound
3. Love Sick
4. Little Baby Rock
5. Sure Does Help
6. Rocking My Life Away
7. And Now I Win
8. Linda Gail Blues
9. What Can I Do
10. This Train
11. Battle Win the Bottle
12. Heartbreak Highway
Linda Gail Lewis- Hard Rockin’ Woman
-Big Cactus Classic Rock show (France)
-Breakfast With The Beatles (interview)
-“CrossOverCountry“-Show on www.rockradio.de (Battle With The Bottle)
-Freddie Vette show- CJBQ (Belleville, ON- Canada) and HD Diner Radio, etc.
-Geoff Barker’s Rock N Roll Party (BBC) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030yvbs
-HD Diner Radio
-Hillbilly Rockhouse hosted by Gerd Stassen (Germany)
-Honky Tonk Junkie - http://honkytonkjunkie.com (Battle With The Bottle)
-KDNK- Carbondale, CO (Americana reporter )
-KFJC- San Francisco, CA (Americana reporter)
-KRSH- Santa Rosa, CA (Americana & Triple A reporter)
-KSYM/ Third Coast Music Network – San Antonio, TX (Americana reporter)
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-Rockabilly N Blues Radio Hour (entire month of September interview and music feature)
-Rockabilly Radio (www.rockabillyradio.com)
-SiriusXM Outlaw Country (Americana reporter)
-WCBE- Columbus, OH (Americana & Triple A reporter)
-WCNI- New London, CT (Americana reporter)
-WERU- Blue Hill, ME (Americana reporter)
-WETS- Johnson City, TN (Americana reporter)
-WHAY- Whitley City, KY (Americana reporter)
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-WLVR- Bethlehem, PA (Americana reporter)
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-WVUD- Newark, DE
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Sample Tracks and information!
Mojo ****February 19, 2016
Recorded live over three days in Lanark Studios, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with producer Quentin Jones and a crackin’ band including Danny B. Harvey on guitar. Hard Rockin’ Woman captures Linda Gail Lewis pumping the piano on a series of boogies in the style of her more famous brother Jerry Lee. While no one plays piano quite like The Killer, his young-er sister gets very close, especially on the title track and a cover of Jerry’s Rockin’ My Life Away. A thumpin’ reading of This Train provides another highlight, the familial push-pull of good and evil adding a feverish thrill and intensity. Lewis isn’t bound by the rockabilly gospel, though, and on the Jones-penned Spell Bound, Lewis swaps her cowboy boots for a prom dress, delivering delicious love-sick pop that could have come straight out of the Brill Building.
No Depression MagazineDecember 10, 2015
Linda Gail Lewis wants to kick your ass. Dishing out the same wild-ass, flame throwing style that made her brother famous, she uses her piano and voice to burn her name on the rockabilly wall of fame, living up to the title of her latest release, Hard Rockin' Woman.
Firing up the keyboard as hot as Jerry Lee, she boogie-woogies her way through “Hard Rockin' Man,” her piano like a kick in the teeth. With a vocal twang strong enough to rival Wanda Jackson's, Lewis puts out enough bluster and swagger to stun any 'billy boy foolish enough to get in her way.
When Lewis backs off the rockabilly, she offers up some retro fare, harmonizing with daughter Annie Marie on the Quentin Jones-penned “Spell Bound,” recalling the sounds of the Poni-Tails' '58 hit “Born Too Late.”
Shuffling along on “Love Sick,” Lewis gets a Brenda Lee hiccup working in between bursts of machine gun piano bursts.
Lewis' backing band is hot stuff, especially the string plucking talents of son-in-law Danny Harvey and Quentin Jones. The duo swap Eddie Cochran licks on the instrumental “Little Baby Baby Rock,” while Lewis wipes down the keyboard from one end to the other, her glidepath tickling all 88 keys.
Linda Gail takes on her brother's “Rockin' My Life Away” and runs away with it, socking the keys with a speed and finesse that only a Lewis could manage, growlin 'and howlin' like a longer haired version of the Killer.
Although it sounds like it could have come from one of cousin Jimmy Swaggart's holy ghost camp meeting revivals at altar call time, Quentin Jones penned the gospel tune “And Now I Win.” Lewis wails away like Wilma Lee Cooper, punching out hard core C&W while keeping it churchy.
“What Can I Do” has something for everybody, rockin' rockabilly countryfied by Lewis' molasses drenched drawl, Jones snaking along underneath with Harvey's guitar Cochranin' along on top.
Everybody from Louis Armstrong to Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Bob Marley has covered “This Train,” which first popped up around1922. Lewis' version tracks well alongside Hank Thompson's '55 rendition, punched up bit more with help from Blair King's relentless percussive propulsion and Lewis' piano rattling along the rails at breakneck speed.
For pure kick-ass country, it's hard to beat “Battle With The Bottle.” Jones switches up from bass to lead guitar on this one, sounding like he's plucking strands of barbed wire. “I know I'm not the first but I'm gonna be the last/ to lose a man I love to a girl who has no class,” Lewis tells her philandering man, warning him that shes a pistol- packing mama who'll battle with the bottle and solve her problems with her gun.
Nobody else is doing this stuff anymore. And even if they were, they'd be hard pressed to keep up with Lewis. Even though her music contains elements of the past, its not retro. It's a heartfelt homage that works on every level, because of her talent and her sincerity. But most of all it succeeds because Linda Gail Lewis has a rock and roll bloodline she flaunts shamelessly, keeping the voice and the spirit of fiery, balls-to-the wall rockabilly alive and shakin'.
~~Now 68, Jerry Lee Lewis’ younger sibling Linda Gail has been making records since 1963, having released over 20 albums, including 2000’s You Win Again collaboration with Van Morrison. She shows little sign of slowing down on this unfettered romp through the kind of country-tinged rock‘n’roll minted by her brother in the mid-50s, crucially recorded the old-school way by Lanark Records’ Quentin Jones.
Refreshingly rowdy throughout, Linda’s voice is swathed in Roland Space Echo as she struts and hollers through a selection captured over just three days last February, with able assistance from rockabilly guitarist Danny Harvey, drummer Blair King and her daughter Annie on backing vocals. Apart from gospel standard This Train and a rollicking version of her brother’s Rocking My Life Away, most tracks were written in-house, including rockers (Battle With The Bottle), strutting shuffles (Linda Gail Blues) and spooky road laments (Heartbreak Highway).
It’s tragic that such unashamed celebrations of rock‘n’roll’s original untamed spirit are often overshadowed by the type of over-produced MOR now so virulent but, with the Lewis genes obviously still flaming healthily, it’s safe to say that, when Linda’s about, there’s still a whole lot of shaking going on.
Blue Suede News
~~The CD actually opens with a song called “Hard Rockin’ Man,” which kicks off on a lick borrowed from Creedence, but guitarist (and now son-on-law!) Danny B. Harvey wrote the tune and it’s not a copy of CCR. Quentin Jones also plays guitar (and bass, as does Danny), produced and wrote 4 of the 12 songs, with Danny contributing 3 more as well, 2 of those are instrumentals. Mack Vickery’s “Rockin’ My Life Away,: (well known in Jerry Lee’s version), the traditional “This Train” and “What Can I Do,” written I think by one of the Scandinavian bands Linda Gail performs with, but I can’t figure out which, round out the program. The set closes on Linda Gail’s own ‘Heartbreak Highway.” We just reviewed another new Linda Gail Lewis CD last issue, but I don’t have an problem with her being prolific, nor would anyone who loves the Lewis family piano Rock’n’Roll tradition! You certainly can’t go wrong with Danny B. Harvey on guitar either! His new spouse Annie Marie is also here on backing vocals. I love the cover of this too, with the ape holding an electric guitar just at the edge and the jungle woman with the spear on top of the piano – perfect! Kudos to artist Vince Ray. Nice mix of tempos and styles. That first song and the last one are my favorites, along with Vickery tune, but the songs between feel good too! See the ad!