Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack to Honor Jerry Lee Lewis on ‘Skyville’
UPDATE: New faces have been added to the lineup for this month’s installment of the Skyville Live concert series, which will honor Jerry Lee Lewis on August 24th. Taped in Nashville and broadcast online at a later date, the concert will feature performances by previously-announced guests Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack, as well as new additions Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Payne. More artists will be announced.
Piano pounder, country crooner and rock & roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has been named the honorary artist of next month’s Skyville Live concert series. Featuring guest performers Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack, the concert will be filmed in Nashville on August 24th, with an online broadcast following sometime thereafter.
Announced earlier this week, the episode is still very much a work-in-progress. Stapleton and Womack are currently the only two guests slated to hit the stage, while the online broadcast — usually a real-time live stream — has yet to be scheduled. More guests are expected to be announced soon. As always, though, the Emmy-nominated program will include performances from artists who’ve followed in the honoree’s footsteps, taking musical cues from those who came before them. With Jerry Lee Lewis serving as the episode’s focus, it’s safe to expect a pack of rule-breakers, genre-benders and honorary Killers to pay their respects.
According to the show’s creator Wally Wilson, Lewis himself will be in attendance. “Jerry Lee Lewis is an American treasure and we’re beyond thrilled to welcome him to Skyville Live,” he said in a statement. “We have some truly amazing artists lined up to play alongside and salute this living legend.”
Previous episodes of Skyville Live have been anchored by Emmylou Harris, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Dr. John and Melissa Etheridge.