by Robert Bell
Though he was born in El Dorado, Jason D. Williams is a genuine Memphis Madman, a hyperactive, convulsive piano pounder who draws deeply from the musical traditions of his adopted city. He got his start at the tender age of 16, playing in the backup band of another Arkansas native, the legendary Sleepy LaBeef. Of course, Williams' rockabilly repertoire, manic playing, spastic stage presence and wild shock of blond hair make comparisons to Jerry Lee Lewis unavoidable. And he performs a litany of the Killer's hits, including "Great Balls of Fire" and "Drinkin' Wine Spodee-O-Dee." He's shared the stage with his forefather. There's a great clip online of Williams, Lewis and Mickey Gilley playing "What'd I Say?" on Music City Tonight. This should be a high-energy show, with plenty of boogie-woogie, rock 'n' roll and kicked-over piano stools.