Southern Roots

Southern Roots

by Jerry Lee LewisJerry Lee Lewis




Masterminded by fellow Louisiana wildman Huey P. Meaux, Southern Roots wasn't a hit but it turned into a legend, roundly acknowledged as the Killer's last great stand, which is why it's been reissued many times over the years. Bear Family, which included the album as part of its massive 2000 box Mercury Smashes…And Rockin' Sessions, assembled the deepest excavation of the Southern Roots sessions in 2013 with their double-disc set Southern Roots: The Original Sessions, which contains the original ten-track LP and nine further completed outtakes from the sessions, plus an additional CD of studio chatter and alternate takes. Almost all of this second disc consists of Jerry Lee alone at the piano, running through songs then either bitching about them or finding some other manner of distraction. Some of the asides are funny and it's enjoyable to hear him so stripped down, but it's also a bit of a slog; then again, it's quite clearly not meant for general consumption -- you're eavesdropping on a session, which is appealing enough for diehards to hear once. For the rest of us, the real treasure on Southern Roots: The Original Sessions are those nine extra cuts on disc one, all but one a song not present on the finished album (there's also a fast version of "Hold On I'm Coming," taken at a slower speed on the finished product). A couple of these have trickled out elsewhere but most have not, and they're all of considerably high quality, capable of slipping onto the finished album without anybody being the wiser. Perhaps it's not a revolutionary revelation, but it is more of the Killer surfing a latter-day prime, and that is enough to warrant either a listen or a purchase from the devoted.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2013
Label: Bear Family Germany
UPC: 5397102173127
catalogNumber: 0217312

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Lee Lewis   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Carl Perkins   Guitar
Augie Meyers   Harmonica,Vocals,Vox Organ
Tony Joe White   Guitar
James Brown   Organ
Paul Cannon   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Jack Hale   Trombone
Herman Hawkins   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Mark Lindsay   Saxophone
Ed Logan   Trombone
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Kenneth Lovelace   Guitar
James Mitchell   Horn
Jimmy Tarbutton   Guitar
Morris "Tarp" Tarrant   Drums
William Taylor   Trumpet
Joel Williams   Drums
J.L. "Marty" Morrison   Organ
Sugar Sweets   Choir, Chorus
Ali Muhammed Jackson   Drums
Tommy Cathy   Bass
Jerry Lee Lewis   Percussion
Charles Owens   Steel Guitar
Rus Carlton   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Rosco Gordon   Composer
Jerry Lee Lewis   Composer
Doug Sahm   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Composer
Charlie Daniels   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer,Producer
David Porter   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jimmy Tarbutton   Engineer
James West   Composer
Andrew Wright   Composer
Jerry Moore   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Calvin Lewis   Composer
Lou Willie Turner   Composer
Earl "Kit" Carson   Composer
Robert Geddins   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Hart Pease Danks   Composer
Ronnie Capone   Engineer
Sam Malbuch   Photo Restoration
E.E. Rexford   Composer
Lonnie Bice   Engineer
Dennis "Crash" Collins   Engineer

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