|Sanity, John Lewis & His Trio
Atomic Cowboy Records ACR004
"Rockabilly has never sounded as good as this" (Maverick)
Welsh rockabilly hero John Lewis returns with the brand new album 'Sanity' on 8th August 2014. Dedicated to everyone who has supported John over the many years of relentless touring and tearing it up around the world, the album is another exciting instalment of 11 distinct originals and a couple of inspired re-interpretations. Three years since Lewis's much celebrated 'Billy Banks Sessions' which received rave reviews, 'Sanity' provides further proof that Lewis can hold his head up high amongst the greatest exponents of 'Rock'n'Roll and Rockabilly to ever emerge from Wales.
Kicking things off with gusto, opening song 'Flat-Top Cat' is for Mac Curtis the legendary original Rockabilly who sadly passed away last year. Also released on a limited 7" vinyl single by German Record label Migraine it's already been gaining substantial radio air play all over Europe. The title song 'Sanity' features some wonderful 'doo wop' harmonies from The Jets while other songs span the many different styles of Rock'n'Roll. From the rawest Rockabilly of 'It Hurts' to 'Please Don't Let Me Love You', (a Hank Williams demo turned into a jiving dance floor hit) John Lewis and his Trio - featuring the amazingly talented Stuart McIlroy on piano, Paul "Woody" Woodmansey on double bass & Billy Duval on drums - display a compelling energy and that thrilling sense of urgency so essential to this music.
Even the traditional Welsh song 'Sosban Fach' gets a dramatic re-interpretation as John displays his impressive guitar skills. Split into three different sections it begins in a 'Merle Travis' finger picking style, before ending in the kind of twangy Dick Dale style surf guitar playing that has proven so successful for fellow Welsh 'Surf Guitar' band 'Y Niwl' recently. Along with the Clive Arms skittles team who contribute some spirited backing vocals, expect to hear this newly invigorated 'Sospan Fach' used on TV and Radio throughout the forthcoming Rugby season.
Recorded live over just two days at Wood St. Front Room Studios in South Wales and mastered at Hafod by Gethin John & Donal Whelan, this is John's 2nd trio album but 17th album in total including award winning Rimshots albums, to 4 as 'Johnny Bach' with Imelda May guitarist Darrel Higham. John has already headlined some of the major festivals on the 'Rocking scene' this year from Moscow to the UKs Rockabilly Rave performing alongside legends like Wanda Jackson and Deke Dickerson. With a busy schedule ahead including more festivals and an 18 day European tour later this year, there's just no stopping this 'Welsh king of Rockabilly'.
Press Release by John Lewis
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