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Wild At Heart

Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks tell Vintage Rock all about their new raucous rockin’ country duets album, and reveal Jerry Lee Lewis’ love of murderous movies

LINDA GAIL LEWIS AND ROBBIE FULKS

It’s an artistic pairing that few would have predicted: the queen of pumping piano-led rock’n’roll and a founding father of alternative country.

But the talents of Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks have mixed perfectly on their new album, Wild! Wild! Wild!, to produce a steaming gumbo of American roots music that swings freely from boogie woogie and jump blues to classic country, soul, jazz, and all points in between.

Linda Gail is, of course, the considerably younger sister of The Killer himself: Jerry Lee Lewis. When Jerry Lee’s career took off with Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On in 1957, Linda Gail joined him on the road at the earliest opportunity. Raised poor in Ferriday, Louisiana, she didn’t want to be a cotton picker any more than he did. When Jerry Lee turned to country music in 1969, he and Linda Gail recorded a hit duet album, Together, and scored a Top 10 single with Don’t Let Me Cross Over. Over the last 30 years, Linda Gail has struck out on her own and proved to be far more than a tribute act to her big brother.

Robbie Fulks grew up on the move from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, via the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and set out to find fame in Nashville in the early 90s. In the era of Garth Brooks, he proved both too traditional in his sound and too leftfield in his lyrics for the country mainstream and summed up his disillusionment with Music City’s hit-oriented business in one of his best known songs: F*** This Town.

Although Fulks and Lewis may appear to live on opposite poles of the roots music world, they have been collaborating off and on since meeting in Sweden a decade ago. In recent years, Fulks joined Lewis to sing a duet of You Are My Sunshine on her album, Heartbreak Highway, which is where the seeds for their collaborative new album were planted.

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