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Press and Reviews for John Lewis

John Lewis & His Trio – ‘Sanity’
Release Date : 8th Sept 2014 / Atomic Cowboy Records ACR004

“Rockabilly has never sounded as good as this.” (Maverick)
“He’s amazing! A real treasure” (Imelda May)

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’.
For more information, promo requests or interviews please contact penarthsrrc@ntlworld.com or contact www.therealjohnlewis.com

“Its Rock’n’Roll Jim but not as we know it”

Q magazine

Described by the Meltdown as “International rockabilly legend as frontman for the Rimshots, and solo an electrifying performer combining dazzling guitar with a glorious life-soaked voice which brings heart and depth to both classics and his own impressive songs. Be mesmerised by the missing link between Johnny B Goode and Johnny Cash

Paul Clark Meltdown

As well as being a superb versatile performer John Lewis is all ways a joy to work with

and always a true professional

Dan Nichols Cardiff Event Development

“It’s a well know fact that the Welsh Valley are home to of the finest…  Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and of course John Lewis!

When I first heard John’s unique vocal delivery I thought it was incredible. I’ve heard it for Many years since an it really is exceptional. Judge for yourself”

Jerry Chatabox Rockabilly Rave USA Las Vegas

”John Lewis a living legend in the Rocking scene is an icon in song writing and playing old and new Classic to bop, waltz, Jive and stomp too!”

Rocking Around Turnhout festival Belgium

“It’s almost unbelievable but true; one of the most successful and legendary Rockabilly band of all times will hit the stage at this years hangar rockin’ 2010! We fly these gentlemen’s asses to Switzerland where they will perform for the first time in more than 10 Years! We know you love the John Lewis Trio and Johnny Bach but the Rimshots are a goddamn musical hand grenade and this is exactly what you’ll get. and nothing less!”

 Paul Burkhalter Crazy Eventik Switzerland

“The Welshman with the invading voice has been quiet for awhile. Don’t worry – he’s back! As front man for the Rimshots and Johnny Bach he’s still all over the place and here we get another fine band from Mr Lewis – John Lewis Trio.

The new album is in the pipeline and music wise is drifting between the Rimshots and Johnny Bach. These 8 preview songs are pure rocking at its best and John shows again that he has managed it perfect to pack his musical talent, brilliant sense of humour and song writing in every song on this album. It doesn’t matter if its Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Country or Folk -  he mix’s everything and creates tunes that are real ” ear catchers” and make you move around. Anyway I got this 8 track preview CD – I can say – I can’t wait for the whole album – just to “Waltz around the Kitchen” which is my favourite song on this preview”

Olaf Haspel Mad House Jump Magazine Germany

In America they called it “soul”, In Wales we call it “hwyl”, singing with heart felt emotion. commitment and passion. Penarth’s very own Retro-esque Indie musician /singer/songwriter John Lewis has it in spades. John is one of the organisers and founder of the near legendary Penarth Pilot Sunday night jam session. His former band the Rimshots made a huge splash across Europe. John has recorded for labels in Holland, Japan, Australia, London (the oh so cool Vinyl Japan), and Germany – a made in Wales Hank Williams Tribute that won a prestigious British Music Award as album of the year. As well as backing and recording with many of his heroes, rock and cult legends on weekend festivals all over the globe. John also headlined many London gigs where stars came to watch the messianic eyed charismatic lead singer and chief songwriter in action.

Under his alter ego name of Johnny Bach, he has four CDs available, recorded along with Gretsch Twangmeister Darrel Higham, last seen touring with the Amazing Imelda May, which John has supported many a time solo

Haven’t seen him, where can I catch this local treasure before St Fagan’s grabs him? Weeeeeeeeell John Lewis tours Solo or with his Trio all over. He also can be seen doing the odd Johnny Bach and The Moonshine Boozers gig and Rimshots re-union. As well as  session work and playing guitar with Pontchartrain, So no excuses

New solo Cd “Live in Cardiff”  due to be released on Australian label PressTone Records early 2011

One thought on “Press/Reviews

  1. Wayne radley

    Hi John, Hope you’re well. I’ve just about worn out The Billy Banks sessions, still getting requests from it though. Any chance of a promo copy of the new one.

    A.T.B.

    Wayne
    Lincoln City Radio

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