Jerry Lee Lewis readies new CD

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 – Jerry Lee Lewis will put out "Mean Old Man," through Verve/Universal Music on Sept. 7. This is Lewis's follow up to his 2006 release "Last Man Standing."

An 18-song deluxe is being offered along with the 10-track standard version. Guests include John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Sheryl Rock, Tim McGraw and Eric Clapton.

"With a lifetime of triumph and tragedy to draw from, Jerry Lee Lewis sings and plays with the seasoned wisdom of a man who has seen it all and the savvy confidence of a performer who knows that music-and the emotional truths it carries-is the thing that matters most," said Bruce Resnikoff, President & CEO Verve/Universal Music Enterprises. "Verve/UMe is proud to be releasing Jerry Lee Lewis' first new country-inspired CD in decades." The following is a list of the tracks and the guests on each:

18-track deluxe version:
1. "Mean Old Man" with Ronnie Wood (written by Kris Kristofferson)
2. "You Can Have Her" with Eric Clapton/James Burton
3. "Dead Flowers" with Mick Jagger
4. "Middle Age Crazy" with Tim McGraw/Jon Brion
5. "Rockin' My Life Away" with Kid Rock/Slash
6. "You Are My Sunshine" with Sheryl Crow/Jon Brion
7. "Swinging Doors" with Merle Haggard/James Burton
8. "Hold You In My Heart" with Shelby Lynne
9. "I Really Don't Want To Know" with Gillian Welch
10. "Railroad to Heaven" with Solomon Burke
11. "Sweet Virginia" with Keith Richards
12. "Roll Over Beethoven" with Ringo Starr/John Mayer/Jon Brion
13. "Bad Moon Rising" with John Fogerty
14. "Please Release Me" with Gillian Welch
15. "Whiskey River" with Willie Nelson
16. "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
17. "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" with Mavis Staples/Robbie Robertson/Nils Lofgren
18. "Miss The Mississippi and You"

10-track standard
1. "Mean Old Man" with Ronnie Wood (written by Kris Kristofferson)
2. "You Can Have Her" with Eric Clapton/James Burton
3. "Sweet Virginia" with Keith Richards
4. "Rockin My Life Away" with Kid Rock/Slash
5. "Roll Over Beethoven" with Ringo Starr/John Mayer/Jon Brion
6. "Bad Moon Rising" with John Fogerty
7. "Dead Flowers" with Mick Jagger
8. "You Are My Sunshine" with Sheryl Crow/Jon Brion
9. "Whiskey River" with Willie Nelson
10. "Middle Age Crazy" with Tim McGraw/Jon Brion

iTunes Bonus track:
11. Here Comes That Rainbow with Shelby Lynne

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