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Rockin' Luke set to rock Watermelon Festival 2014

Posted by Luke Stroud on July 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud is ready to rock August 7, at the Cave City, Arkansas Watermelon Festival. Show time is 6pm. Since performing for his first time in 1995, this year will be Stroud's 20th performance at the festival! The show will include his band, the Fifties Beat (Marcus Grady, Mike Gio and Bill Lewis).

The show is scheduled to be at the Cave City Park. The Watermelon Festival is a 3 day festival that usually draws 25,000 people from all over the US. Cave City is billed as "Home of the World's Sweetest Watermelons" and is Rockin' Luke's hometown.

Here is Rockin' Luke Lewolfe Stroud's bio --

Rockin' Luke Stroud is a flamboyant rock'n'roll/rockabilly piano player and vocalist in the early rock'n'roll styling of Jerry Lee Lewis with his band the Fifties Beat.

He was born in Newport, AR a hot bed for early rock'n'roll. He taught himself to play piano after he was inspired by the music he heard on a Jerry Lee Lewis cassette tape that his father brought home when he was 9. Luke pantomimed on a broken piano for years until his parents bought him one that worked in March 1995. Five months later Rockin' Luke performed a 17 minute medley of Jerry Lee songs at the local Cave City Watermelon Festival and was invited back to perform the following day.

Stroud is a fan of the Sun Record label from Memphis, Tennessee and often will perform songs from the heyday of early rock'n'roll including numbers by Sun Alumni Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis as well as Hank Williams. His explosive presentation of songs includes hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” and also some lesser known Lewis numbers such as“Hadacol Boogie” (which is on Lewis' album, “Last Man Standing” from 2006 which placed #4 on Billboards Country album charts) and “Why Should I Cry Over You.” Stroud is a Sun Records (Sun Entertainment Holding Corporation) stockholder, meaning he owns a piece of some of the famous songs he performs.

Stroud's musical influences include Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Billy Lee Riley, Chuck Berry and Ricky Nelson, among others. In the late '90s, he recorded an album entitled “Just Me & My Piano” at Raney Recording Studio at Drasco, AR which is no longer in production.

He was featured as part of the Lost in the '50s shows produced around Arkansas in the late '90s by Melody Ranch Productions.

He has been performing since the age of 15 at festivals, fairs, public schools, restaurants, and other venues including Branson and Forsyth, Missouri.

Festivals Stroud has performed at in Arkansas include the past 17 Cave City Watermelon Festivals and close to as many Sulphur Rock Trolley Car Day festivals, as well as the McCrory Mosquito Fest, PortFest at Jacksonport, Newark's TNT Festival, Pleasant Plains' Plainsman's Days, Caldwell's Cotton Pickin' Fest, Strawberry Fest in Lawrence County, the Rice Festival at Weiner, the Sharp County Fair, the Citizen's Bank Independence Day Celebration in Batesville, Newport's Depot Days, the Rock'n'Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas and has also performed at Josie's Lockhouse in Batesville. Stroud hasperformed at the Evening Shade School, Cave City School, Clinton School and Batesville Southside School and has played shows in the towns of Cushman, Amagon, Pfeiffer, Hardy, Trumann and Jonesboro.

Stroud was a performer for two years (2012-2014) at the Silver Moon family dance on Saturday nights as a member of the now disbanded Jeannie and the Guys band (of which original Sun Records artist Sonny Burgess was a member) at Newport, AR and has opened shows for Mickey Gilley, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers.

Stroud also has been a guest performer numerous times on Sonny Burgess & the Pacers' shows, including one at Bally's Casino at Tunica, MS and one show where Sonny was performing in Jonesboro, AR. Jerry Lee Lewis' bass player BB Cunningham was at this show and performed with Stroud for a few songs.

Stroud performed on the historic stage of the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport, LA in 2008.

Stroud was the last performer at the tribute held in memory of Sun Records Alumni Billy Lee Riley in 2009 backed by the band Jeannie and the Guys. He was pictured in the international magazine “Blue Suede News” for his contribution to this event.

Stroud performed with Burgess & the Pacers at the Vaden Records 50th Anniversary show at Trumann in 2010. Also Performing at that event was Bobby Brown, Joyce Green, Teddy Reidel, Larry Donn, Chuck Comer and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers. Stroud was again pictured in “Blue Suede News” magazine for his contribution to this event.

Stroud has performed on shows that have also featured: Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M.VanEaton (Sun studio staff musician), Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, JR Rogers, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes ofHazzard), Ace Cannon, the Derailers and Mike Snider.

Stroud has been a sit-in guest performer on several occasions at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis.

Perhaps Stroud's website, rockinluke.com, best tells his story and serves as a reference as to how a shy young man became the boogie-woogie piano player on stage that he is today –

“Rockin' His Life Away..."

"You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain. Too much a lovin' drives a man insane..." These were the opening lines that penetrated the air from a little cassette tape given to him by his dad. It was the sound, the lyrics and most of all, the rhythmic piano style that would entice an impressionable 9-year-old boy and create a fire that would turn into a passion and a longing to create the same sound as that of which he heard. It was here for the first time in his life that Luke found something he wanted to do with all of his heart --- all thanks to "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis and a present from his parents. From that cassette and those first songs he heard, Luke began practicing and pantomiming on a broken piano. Making any sound from it he could helped in developing his own sound and rhythm. In March of 1995, at not yet the age of fifteen, he asked his dad and mom for a working piano to play on. That was all it took --- he bought him one. It could possibly be the most important and influential gift his parents could ever give him. It would prove not to go unused or be a short-lived hobby. For nearly eight and a half hours, each day after school, he practiced and practiced on that piano. The first song he fully learned was "Carrying On", a lesser known, little rockin' tune that Jerry Lee recorded in 1958. While he learned the music that touched his soul, it was his soul that reflected that passion and feeling. He began doing what came natural. To anyone who loves such music, what is natural is to move and feel the sound. And move he did. His rock and roll stage antics suddenly began to match his vocal and boogie-woogie piano playing performance and style. It was here Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud was born. That began nearly ten yearsago, and today, "Rockin' Luke" continues growing as his own artist. Along with playing the piano, he has become quite the musician on guitar and drums. He writes his own songs, including one he performs in his show entitled "I'm Still Thinking of You" --- a song about a love-gone-wrong and the inability to forget. The tune and lyrics, although reminiscent to that of his idol, is certainly Luke's own. Luke was born in Newport, Arkansas, but calls Cave City home---a small town located in the northern region of the state --- just hours from Memphis, Tennessee, home of the musical sound and legends he admires. Cave City is proud of the "hometown boy with the big talent," and loves it each time he performs in the area; Luke loves to share his talent to anyone willing to listen. And, who wouldn't? Luke pours his heart into what he does. He gives one-hundred-fifty percent. Despite the sweat and blistered fingers each time he performs, it's worth it. He immerses himself into it, no matter the size of the crowd. He gives it all. One could not possibly walk away from his show without getting everything they came for. They get more. He taught himself. At such a young age, he found that something he truly loves and did everything he could in learning to do it well. And that journey hasn't stopped.... At twenty-four, Luke Stroud has accomplished what others twice his age still search for---what they are meant to do in life. Yes, he may have taught himself, but in truth this talent isn't something that is learned. It's a gift from God --- a true God-given talent.'"

Written by: Lacy Mitchell about 6 years ago...”

Stroud has lived in Cave City, AR almost all of his life and is also co-owner of a small masonry business called Stroud Masonry Construction. He is also an accomplished photographer whose photos have been published in the Batesville (Ark.) Daily Guard, Van Buren County (Ark.) Democrat and other newspapers.

“I feel it is an honor to play the music that I love and to carry on the tradition of early rock'n'roll,” Rockin' Luke said recently.

Whether performing to a crowd of a few or to five thousand, he will always give entertaining his all...

Always.

Contact for Rockin' Luke Stroud: rockinluke@yahoo.com

Contact for his Managment/booking Team:(

Larry Stroud: larrydstroud@yahoo.com or 870-283-4013;

Wanda Stroud:870-283-4012

Lacy Mitchell: lacy@guardonline.com

Check out the website for Rockin' Luke Stroud at www.rockinluke.com

Thank You!

Have a Rockin' Day!



Rockin' Luke to perform in Batesville, Ark. at BBQ event "Smokin' On the White"

Posted by Luke Stroud on June 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


For the second year Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud will be performing a show with his band, the Fifties Beat, June 20, 2014 at the "Smokin' on the White" River BBQ competition event at Riverside Park in Batesville, Arkansas beginning at 7:30pm. In the past the Batesville Daily Guard newspaper's Facebook page said that "Smokin’ on the White is an Arkansas Memphis Style Barbecue State Championship contest, meaning it is sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network, and is a “prep cook” for Memphis in May..." 

The Fifties Beat band performing with Stroud at this event will consist of David Wilson on guitar, Mike Rudi on bass and Rickey Copeland on drums.

The show is scheduled to be an outside performance in Riverside Park so bring your lawn chair and get ready for a great time. Last year Stroud's show was held inside the old firefighter's building near the park.

Here is Rockin' Luke Stroud's bio --

Rockin' Luke Stroud is a flamboyant rock'n'roll/rockabilly piano player and vocalist in the early rock'n'roll styling of Jerry Lee Lewis with his band the Fifties Beat.

He was born in Newport, AR a hot bed for early rock'n'roll. He taught himself to play piano after he was inspired by the music he heard on a Jerry Lee Lewis cassette tape that his father brought home when he was 9. Luke pantomimed on a broken piano for years until his parents bought him one that worked in March 1995. Five months later Rockin' Luke performed a 17 minute medley of Jerry Lee songs at the local Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Stroud is a fan of the Sun Record label from Memphis, Tennessee and often will perform songs from the heyday of early rock'n'roll including numbers by Sun Alumni Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sonny Burgess as well as Hank Williams. His explosive presentation of songs includes hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” and also some lesser known Lewis numbers such as“Hadacol Boogie” (which is on Lewis' album, “Last Man Standing” from 2006 which placed #4 on Billboards Country album charts) and “Why Should I Cry Over You.” Stroud is a Sun Records (Sun Entertainment Holding Corporation) stockholder, meaning he owns a piece of some of the famous songs he performs.

Stroud's musical influences include Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Billy Lee Riley, Chuck Berry and Ricky Nelson, among others. In the late '90s, he recorded an album entitled “Just Me & My Piano” at Raney Recording Studio at Drasco, AR which is no longer in production.

He was featured as part of the Lost in the '50s shows produced around Arkansas in the late '90s by Melody Ranch Productions.

He has been performing since the age of 15 at festivals, fairs, public schools, restaurants, and other venues including Branson and Forsyth, Missouri.

Festivals Stroud has performed at in Arkansas include the past 17 Cave City Watermelon Festivals and close to as many Sulphur Rock Trolley Car Day festivals, as well as the McCrory Mosquito Fest, PortFest at Jacksonport, Newark's TNT Festival, Pleasant Plains' Plainsman's Days, Caldwell's Cotton Pickin' Fest, Strawberry Fest in Lawrence County, the Rice Festival at Weiner, the Sharp County Fair, the Citizen's Bank Independence Day Celebration in Batesville, Newport's Depot Days, the Rock'n'Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas and has also performed at Josie's Lockhouse in Batesville. Stroud hasperformed at the Evening Shade School, Cave City School, Clinton School and Batesville Southside School and has played shows in the towns of Cushman, Amagon, Pfeiffer, Hardy, Trumann and Jonesboro.

Stroud was a performer for two years (2012-2014) at the Silver Moon family dance on Saturday nights as a member of the now disbanded Jeannie and the Guys band (of which original Sun Records artist Sonny Burgess was a member) at Newport, AR and has opened shows for Mickey Gilley, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers.

Stroud also has been a guest performer numerous times on Sonny Burgess &the Pacers' shows, including one at Bally's Casino at Tunica, MS and one show where Sonny was performing in Jonesboro. Jerry Lee Lewis' bass player BB Cunningham was at this show and performed with Stroud for a few songs.

Stroud performed on the historic stage of the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport, LA in 2008.

Stroud was the last performer at the tribute held in memory of Sun Records Alumni Billy Lee Riley in 2009 backed by the band Jeannie and the Guys. He was pictured in the international magazine “Blue Suede News” for his contribution to this event.

Stroud performed with Burgess & the Pacers at the Vaden Records 50th Anniversary show at Trumann in 2010. Also Performing at that event was Bobby Brown, Joyce Green, Teddy Reidel, Larry Donn, Chuck Comer and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers. Stroud was again pictured in “Blue Suede News” magazine for his contribution to this event.

Stroud has performed on shows that have also featured: Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M.VanEaton (Sun studio staff musician), Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, JR Rogers, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes ofHazzard), Ace Cannon, the Derailers and Mike Snider.

Stroud has been a sit-in guest performer on two occasions at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis.

Perhaps Stroud's website, rockinluke.com, best tells his story and serves as a reference as to how a shy young man became the boogie-woogie piano player on stage that he is today –

“Rockin' His Life Away..."

"You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain. Too much a lovin' drives a man insane..." These were the opening lines that penetrated the air from a little cassette tape given to him by his dad. It was the sound, the lyrics and most of all, the rhythmic piano style that would entice an impressionable 9-year-old boy and create a fire that would turn into a passion and a longing to create the same sound as that of which he heard. It was here for the first time in his life that Luke found something he wanted to do with all of his heart --- all thanks to "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis and a present from his parents. From that cassette and those first songs he heard, Luke began practicing and pantomiming on a broken piano. Making any sound from it he could helped in developing his own sound and rhythm. In March of 1995, at not yet the age of fifteen, he asked his dad and mom for a working piano to play on. That was all it took --- he bought him one. It could possibly be the most important and influential gift his parents could ever give him. It would prove not to go unused or be a short-lived hobby. For nearly eight and a half hours, each day after school, he practiced and practiced on that piano. The first song he fully learned was "Carrying On", a lesser known, little rockin' tune that Jerry Lee recorded in 1958. While he learned the music that touched his soul, it was his soul that reflected that passion and feeling. He began doing what came natural. To anyone who loves such music, what is natural is to move and feel the sound. And move he did. His rock and roll stage antics suddenly began to match his vocal and boogie-woogie piano playing performance and style. It was here Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud was born. That began nearly ten yearsago, and today, "Rockin' Luke" continues growing as his own artist. Along with playing the piano, he has become quite the musician on guitar and drums. He writes his own songs, including one he performs in his show entitled "I'm Still Thinking of You" --- a song about a love-gone-wrong and the inability to forget. The tune and lyrics, although reminiscent to that of his idol, is certainly Luke's own. Luke was born in Newport, Arkansas, but calls Cave City home---a small town located in the northern region of the state --- just hours from Memphis, Tennessee, home of the musical sound and legends he admires. Cave City is proud of the "hometown boy with the big talent," and loves it each time he performs in the area; Luke loves to share his talent to anyone willing to listen. And, who wouldn't? Luke pours his heart into what he does. He gives one-hundred-fifty percent. Despite the sweat and blistered fingers each time he performs, it's worth it. He immerses himself into it, no matter the size of the crowd. He gives it all. One could not possibly walk away from his show without getting everything they came for. They get more. He taught himself. At such a young age, he found that something he truly loves and did everything he could in learning to do it well. And that journey hasn't stopped.... At twenty-four, Luke Stroud has accomplished what others twice his age still search for---what they are meant to do in life. Yes, he may have taught himself, but in truth this talent isn't something that is learned. It's a gift from God --- a true God-given talent.'"

Written by: Lacy Mitchell about 6 years ago...”

Stroud has lived in Cave City, AR almost all of his life and is also co-owner of a small masonry business called Stroud Masonry Construction. He is also an accomplished photographer whose photos have been published in the Batesville (Ark.) Daily Guard, Van Buren County (Ark.) Democrat and other newspapers.

“I feel it is an honor to play the music that I love and to carry on the tradition of early rock'n'roll,” Rockin' Luke said recently.

Whether performing to a crowd of a few or to five thousand, he will always give entertaining his all...

Always.

 


Contact for Rockin' Luke Stroud:  rockinluke@yahoo.com 

Contact for his Managment/booking Team:

Larry Stroud:  larrydstroud@yahoo.com  or  870-283-4013;

Wanda Stroud:870-283-4012

Lacy Mitchell:  lacy@guardonline.com  

 

Check out the website for Rockin' Luke Stroud at www.rockinluke.com

 

Thank You!

Have a Rockin' Day!

 

 

 

 



Luke to Rock Elvis Week 2013

Posted by Luke Stroud on August 16, 2013 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Memphis, TN- Rockin' Luke will be performing in Memphis at Elvis Week 2013 this coming Saturday (Aug. 17) at The Clarion Hotel inside Dad's Place beginning at 11 p.m. with MJ's Rockin' Oldies Band. Rockin' Luke's own one-hour set will begin at about midnight, and then he will continue as part of the backing band until 3 a.m.

Tickets are $20 at the door. The Clarion Hotel is located at 1471 E. Brooks Road, off Elvis Presley Blvd.


Rockin' Luke to perform at Cave City Watermelon Festival 2013

Posted by Luke Stroud on June 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

     The 34th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival kicks off Thursday with Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud & the Fifties Beat opening the show at 6 p.m. in the Cave City Park, said Charles Landers, chairman of the watermelon festival committee.

     "We've had people calling from all over the state call us to see when he's gonna play," Landers said, plus fans from Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi have also shown up in the past to see the piano player's show.

     A multi-vehicle delegation from the Blytheville area, where Cave City resident Jimmy Lee was raised, is expected to attend, Lee said.

     Stroud, from Cave City, is a 1950s style piano player/vocalist who performs songs from a range of other decades and artists as well.

     He is most notable for his piano-pounding Jerry Lee Lewis tunes and has previously performed at Elvis Week in Memphis as a Jerry Lee tribute artist, according to an Aug. 6 article from the Batesville Daily Guard. 

     Stroud's band includes Marcus Grady of Thida on lead guitar, Bill Lewis of Newport on bass guitar, and Mike Giovannangeli of Searcy on drums.

     Stroud and his band will rock the stage for one and a half hours.

     Following them will be Jeannie and the Guys, a band Stroud is a part of when it plays weekly on Saturday nights at the Silver Moon dance hall in Newport. Zyndall Raney will sit in on keyboard for Stroud during Jeannie and the Guys' segment of the watermelon festival show.

     Band leader Jeannie Hendrix is on drums and vocals, Grady is on lead guitar and vocals, Lewis plays bass guitar and Doug Greeno of Weiner is also on vocals.

     The Silver Moon is a no alcohol, no smoking dance hall.

     Special guest Donna Lewis will join the group onstage occasionally to perform country songs made famous over the years.

     Jeannie and the Guys is known as a dance band, so the group will perform a wide variety of music, including 1950s and '60s rock 'n' roll, country, Southern rock and waltzes, plus Greeno will sing some blues.

     The band will play from 8-10 p.m. with a break about 9:15 for a drawing for vendor's prizes. A $200 cash prize will be drawn at 10, but the ticket-holder must be present to win.


--Written by Larry Stroud, parts of which were taken from the Batesville Daily Guard newspaper from Aug. 6.



Here is a little bit more about Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud from his bio --

 

 

Rockin' Luke Stroud is a flamboyant rockabilly piano player and vocalist in the early rock'n'roll styling of Jerry Lee Lewis with his band the Fifties Beat.

He was born in Newport, AR a hot bed for early rock'n'roll. He taught himself to play piano after he was inspired by the music he heard on a Jerry Lee Lewis cassette tape that his father brought home when he was 9. Luke pantomimed on a broken piano for years until his parents bought him one that worked in March 1995. Five months later Rockin' Luke performed a 17 minute medley of Jerry Lee songs at the local Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Stroud is a fan of the Sun Record label from Memphis, Tennessee and often will perform songs from the heyday of early rock'n'roll including numbers by Sun Alumni Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sonny Burgess as well as Hank Williams. His explosive presentation of songs includes hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” and also some lesser known Lewis numbers such as“Hadacol Boogie” (which is on Lewis' album, “Last Man Standing” from 2006 which placed #4 on Billboards Country album charts) and “Why Should I Cry Over You.” Stroud is a Sun Records (Sun Entertainment Holding Corporation) stockholder, meaning he owns a piece of some of the famous songs he performs.

Stroud's musical influences include Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Sonny Burgess, Billy Lee Riley, Chuck Berry and Ricky Nelson, among others. In the late '90s, he recorded an album entitled “Just Me & My Piano” at Raney Recording Studio at Drasco, AR which is no longer in production.

He was featured as part of the Lost in the '50s shows produced around Arkansas in the late '90s by Melody Ranch Productions.

He has been performing since the age of 15 at festivals, fairs, public schools, restaurants, and other venues including Branson and Forsyth, Missouri.

Festivals Stroud has performed at in Arkansas include the past 17 Cave City Watermelon Festivals and close to as many Sulphur Rock Trolley Car Day festivals, as well as the McCrory Mosquito Fest, PortFest at Jacksonport, Newark's TNT Festival, Pleasant Plains' Plainsman's Days, Caldwell's Cotton Pickin' Fest, Strawberry Fest in Lawrence County, the Rice Festival at Weiner, the Sharp County Fair, the Citizen's Bank Independence Day Celebration in Batesville, Newport's Depot Days, the Rock'n'Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas and has also performed at Josie's Lockhouse in Batesville. Stroud hasperformed at the Evening Shade School, Cave City School, Clinton School and Batesville Southside School and has played shows in the towns of Cushman, Amagon, Pfeiffer, Hardy, Trumann, Jonesboro and Little Rock.

Stroud is a performer at the Silver Moon family dance on Saturday nights with the Jeannie and the Guys band at Newport, AR and has opened shows for Mickey Gilley, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers.

Stroud also has been a guest performer numerous times on Sonny Burgess &the Pacers' shows, including one at Bally's Casino at Tunica, MS and one show where Sonny was performing in Jonesboro. Jerry Lee Lewis' bass player BB Cunningham was at this show and performed with Stroud for a few songs.

Stroud performed on the historic stage of the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport, LA in 2008.

Stroud was the last performer at the tribute held in memory of Sun Records Alumni Billy Lee Riley in 2009 backed by the band Jeannie and the Guys. He was pictured in the international magazine “Blue Suede News” for his contribution to this event.

Stroud performed with Burgess & the Pacers at the Vaden Records 50th Anniversary show at Trumann in 2010. Also Performing at that event was Bobby Brown, Joyce Green, Teddy Reidel, Larry Donn, Chuck Comer and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers. Stroud was again pictured in “Blue Suede News” magazine for his contribution to this event.

Stroud has performed on shows that have also featured: Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M.VanEaton (Sun studio staff musician), Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, JR Rogers, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard), Ace Cannon, the Derailers and Mike Snider.

Stroud has been a sit-in guest performer on two occasions at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis and also performed at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, AR in 2013.

Perhaps Stroud's website, rockinluke.com, best tells his story and serves as a reference as to how a shy young man became the boogie-woogie piano player on stage that he is today –

“Rockin' His Life Away..."

"You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain. Too much a lovin' drives a man insane..." These were the opening lines that penetrated the air from a little cassette tape given to him by his dad. It was the sound, the lyrics and most of all, the rhythmic piano style that would entice an impressionable 9-year-old boy and create a fire that would turn into a passion and a longing to create the same sound as that of which he heard. It was here for the first time in his life that Luke found something he wanted to do with all of his heart --- all thanks to "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis and a present from his parents. From that cassette and those first songs he heard, Luke began practicing and pantomiming on a broken piano. Making any sound from it he could helped in developing his own sound and rhythm. In March of 1995, at not yet the age of fifteen, he asked his dad and mom for a working piano to play on. That was all it took --- he bought him one. It could possibly be the most important and influential gift his parents could ever give him. It would prove not to go unused or be a short-lived hobby. For nearly eight and a half hours, each day after school, he practiced and practiced on that piano. The first song he fully learned was "Carrying On", a lesser known, little rockin' tune that Jerry Lee recorded in 1958. While he learned the music that touched his soul, it was his soul that reflected that passion and feeling. He began doing what came natural. To anyone who loves such music, what is natural is to move and feel the sound. And move he did. His rock and roll stage antics suddenly began to match his vocal and boogie-woogie piano playing performance and style. It was here Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud was born. That began nearly ten years ago, and today, "Rockin' Luke" continues growing as his own artist. Along with playing the piano, he has become quite the musician on guitar and drums. He writes his own songs, including one he performs in his show entitled "I'm Still Thinking of You" --- a song about a love-gone-wrong and the inability to forget. The tune and lyrics, although reminiscent to that of his idol, is certainly Luke's own. Luke was born in Newport, Arkansas, but calls Cave City home---a small town located in the northern region of the state --- just hours from Memphis, Tennessee, home of the musical sound and legends he admires. Cave City is proud of the "hometown boy with the big talent," and loves it each time he performs in the area; Luke loves to share his talent to anyone willing to listen. And, who wouldn't? Luke pours his heart into what he does. He gives one-hundred-fifty percent. Despite the sweat and blistered fingers each time he performs, it's worth it. He immerses himself into it, no matter the size of the crowd. He gives it all. One could not possibly walk away from his show without getting everything they came for. They get more. He taught himself. At such a young age, he found that something he truly loves and did everything he could in learning to do it well. And that journey hasn't stopped.... At twenty-four, Luke Stroud has accomplished what others twice his age still search for---what they are meant to do in life. Yes, he may have taught himself, but in truth this talent isn't something that is learned. It's a gift from God --- a true God-given talent.'"

Written by: Lacy Mitchell about 6 years ago...”

Stroud has lived in Cave City, AR almost all of his life and is also co-owner of a small masonry business called Stroud Masonry Construction. He is also an accomplished photographer whose photos have been published in the Batesville (Ark.) Daily Guard, Van Buren County (Ark.) Democrat and other newspapers.

“I feel it is an honor to play the music that I love and to carry on the tradition of early rock'n'roll,” Rockin' Luke said recently.

Whether performing to a crowd of a few or to five thousand, he always gives entertaining his all...

 

Always.

 

Contact for Rockin' Luke Stroud:  rockinluke@yahoo.com 

 

 

Contact for his Management/booking Team:

 

 

Larry Stroud:  larrydstroud@yahoo.com  or  870-283-4013;

Wanda Stroud:870-283-4012

Lacy Mitchell:  lacy@guardonline.com  

 

 

Check out the website for Rockin' Luke Stroud at www.rockinluke.com

 


Rockin' Luke to perform in Batesville, AR at "Smokin' on the White" River BBQ event...

Posted by Luke Stroud on April 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (3)


Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud will be performing a show with his band, the Fifties Beat, May 3, 2013 at the "Smokin' on the White" River BBQ competition event at Riverside Park in Batesville, Arkansas beginning at 7pm. Last year the Batesville Daily Guard newspaper's Facebook page said that "Smokin’ on the White is an Arkansas Memphis Style Barbecue State Championship contest, meaning it is sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network, and is a “prep cook” for Memphis in May..." 


The Fifties Beat band performing with Stroud at this event will consist of Marcus Grady on guitar, Bill Lewis on bass and Mike Giovannangeli on drums.


Reminder: If conditions are not favorable for an outside performance, the show will be moved inside of the old Firefighter's Training Center located in/near Riverside Park.


Here is Rockin' Luke's bio --


Rockin' Luke Stroud is a flamboyant rockabilly piano player and vocalist in the early rock'n'roll styling of Jerry Lee Lewis with his band the Fifties Beat.

He was born in Newport, AR a hot bed for early rock'n'roll. He taught himself to play piano after he was inspired by the music he heard on a Jerry Lee Lewis cassette tape that his father brought home when he was 9. Luke pantomimed on a broken piano for years until his parents bought him one that worked in March 1995. Five months later Rockin' Luke performed a 17 minute medley of Jerry Lee songs at the local Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Stroud is a fan of the Sun Record label from Memphis, Tennessee and often will perform songs from the heyday of early rock'n'roll including numbers by Sun Alumni Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sonny Burgess as well as Hank Williams. His explosive presentation of songs includes hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” and also some lesser known Lewis numbers such as“Hadacol Boogie” (which is on Lewis' album, “Last Man Standing” from 2006 which placed #4 on Billboards Country album charts) and “Why Should I Cry Over You.” Stroud is a Sun Records (SunEntertainment Holding Corporation) stockholder, meaning he owns a piece of some of the famous songs he performs.

Stroud's musical influences include Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Sonny Burgess, Billy Lee Riley, Chuck Berry and Ricky Nelson, among others. In the late '90s, he recorded an album entitled “Just Me & My Piano” at Raney Recording Studio at Drasco, AR which is no longer in production.

He was featured as part of the Lost in the '50s shows produced around Arkansas in the late '90s by Melody Ranch Productions.

He has been performing since the age of 15 at festivals, fairs, public schools, restaurants, and other venues including Branson and Forsyth, Missouri.

Festivals Stroud has performed at in Arkansas include the past 17 Cave City Watermelon Festivals and close to as many Sulphur Rock Trolley Car Day festivals, as well as the McCrory Mosquito Fest, PortFest at Jacksonport, Newark's TNT Festival, Pleasant Plains' Plainsman's Days, Caldwell's Cotton Pickin' Fest, Strawberry Fest in Lawrence County, the Rice Festival at Weiner, the Sharp County Fair, the Citizen's Bank Independence Day Celebration in Batesville, Newport's Depot Days, the Rock'n'Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas and has also performed at Josie's Lockhouse in Batesville. Stroud hasperformed at the Evening Shade School, Cave City School, Clinton School and Batesville Southside School and has played shows in the towns of Cushman, Amagon, Pfeiffer, Hardy, Trumann and Jonesboro.

Stroud is a performer at the Silver Moon family dance on Saturday nights with the Jeannie and the Guys band at Newport, AR and has opened shows for Mickey Gilley, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers.

Stroud also has been a guest performer numerous times on Sonny Burgess &the Pacers' shows, including one at Bally's Casino at Tunica, MS and one show where Sonny was performing in Jonesboro. Jerry Lee Lewis' bass player BB Cunningham was at this show and performed with Stroud for a few songs.

Stroud performed on the historic stage of the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport, LA in 2008.

Stroud was the last performer at the tribute held in memory of Sun Records Alumni Billy Lee Riley in 2009 backed by the band Jeannie and the Guys. He was pictured in the international magazine “Blue Suede News” for his contribution to this event.

Stroud performed with Burgess & the Pacers at the Vaden Records 50th Anniversary show at Trumann in 2010. Also Performing at that event was Bobby Brown, Joyce Green, Teddy Reidel, Larry Donn, Chuck Comer and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers. Stroud was again pictured in “Blue Suede News” magazine for his contribution to this event.

Stroud has performed on shows that have also featured: Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M.VanEaton (Sun studio staff musician), Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, JR Rogers, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes ofHazzard), Ace Cannon, the Derailers and Mike Snider.

Stroud has been a sit-in guest performer on two occasions at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis.

Perhaps Stroud's website, rockinluke.com, best tells his story and serves as a reference as to how a shy young man became the boogie-woogie piano player on stage that he is today –

“Rockin' His Life Away..."

"You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain. Too much a lovin' drives a man insane..." These were the opening lines that penetrated the air from a little cassette tape given to him by his dad. It was the sound, the lyrics and most of all, the rhythmic piano style that would entice an impressionable 9-year-old boy and create a fire that would turn into a passion and a longing to create the same sound as that of which he heard. It was here for the first time in his life that Luke found something he wanted to do with all of his heart --- all thanks to "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis and a present from his parents. From that cassette and those first songs he heard, Luke began practicing and pantomiming on a broken piano. Making any sound from it he could helped in developing his own sound and rhythm. In March of 1995, at not yet the age of fifteen, he asked his dad and mom for a working piano to play on. That was all it took --- he bought him one. It could possibly be the most important and influential gift his parents could ever give him. It would prove not to go unused or be a short-lived hobby. For nearly eight and a half hours, each day after school, he practiced and practiced on that piano. The first song he fully learned was "Carrying On", a lesser known, little rockin' tune that Jerry Lee recorded in 1958. While he learned the music that touched his soul, it was his soul that reflected that passion and feeling. He began doing what came natural. To anyone who loves such music, what is natural is to move and feel the sound. And move he did. His rock and roll stage antics suddenly began to match his vocal and boogie-woogie piano playing performance and style. It was here Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud was born. That began nearly ten yearsago, and today, "Rockin' Luke" continues growing as his own artist. Along with playing the piano, he has become quite the musician on guitar and drums. He writes his own songs, including one he performs in his show entitled "I'm Still Thinking of You" --- a song about a love-gone-wrong and the inability to forget. The tune and lyrics, although reminiscent to that of his idol, is certainly Luke's own. Luke was born in Newport, Arkansas, but calls Cave City home---a small town located in the northern region of the state --- just hours from Memphis, Tennessee, home of the musical sound and legends he admires. Cave City is proud of the "hometown boy with the big talent," and loves it each time he performs in the area; Luke loves to share his talent to anyone willing to listen. And, who wouldn't? Luke pours his heart into what he does. He gives one-hundred-fifty percent. Despite the sweat and blistered fingers each time he performs, it's worth it. He immerses himself into it, no matter the size of the crowd. He gives it all. One could not possibly walk away from his show without getting everything they came for. They get more. He taught himself. At such a young age, he found that something he truly loves and did everything he could in learning to do it well. And that journey hasn't stopped.... At twenty-four, Luke Stroud has accomplished what others twice his age still search for---what they are meant to do in life. Yes, he may have taught himself, but in truth this talent isn't something that is learned. It's a gift from God --- a true God-given talent.'"

Written by: Lacy Mitchell about 6 years ago...”

Stroud has lived in Cave City, AR almost all of his life and is also co-owner of a small masonry business called Stroud Masonry Construction. He is also an accomplished photographer whose photos have been published in the Batesville (Ark.) Daily Guard, Van Buren County (Ark.) Democrat and other newspapers.

“I feel it is an honor to play the music that I love and to carry on the tradition of early rock'n'roll,” Rockin' Luke said recently.

Whether performing to a crowd of a few or to five thousand, he always gives entertaining his all...

Always.

 

Contact for Rockin' Luke Stroud:  rockinluke@yahoo.com 


Contact for his Managment/booking Team:


Larry Stroud:  larrydstroud@yahoo.com  or  870-283-4013;

Wanda Stroud:870-283-4012

Lacy Mitchell:  lacy@guardonline.com  

 

Check out the website for Rockin' Luke Stroud at www.rockinluke.com

 


Thank You!


Have a Rockin' Day!


Happy 62nd Birthday to my Wonderful Mom!!!

Posted by Luke Stroud on November 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

          Happy 62nd Birthday to my Wonderful Mom!!!!! 

                              I Love You Mom!!!!!!!!!!

                            My mom in Senath, MO...


Cancer Benefit Performance in Honor of My Mother -- April 14, 2012 Pocahontas, AR 4PM.

Posted by Luke Stroud on April 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Pocahontas, AR-- April 14, 2012: Pocahontas, Arkansas; Rockin' Luke (with a band) will perform a 1 hour show at the Riverfront Park at the Black River Bridge just off of Rock ‘n Roll Highway 67 South. Proceeds from this event will go to the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. Showtime is 4-5pm for Rockin' Luke.


Hey All!


I am honored to perform at this cancer benefit in honor of my Mom, Wanda, who is almost a 20 year breast cancer survivor!!!


Keep It Rockin',


Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud

SUN Artist Sonny Burgess, Rockin' Luke Stroud, Jeanie and the Guys and Doug Greeno performing at the Silver Moon

Posted by Luke Stroud on March 11, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Original 1950s SUN recording artist Sonny Burgess, Rockin' Luke Stroud and Doug Greeno (with the Jeanie and the Guys band) will perform March 17, 2012 at the Silver Moon in Newport, Arkansas for their St. Patrick's Day Dance and Potluck.  Here is the flyer  --  

Hope to see you there!


Keep it Rockin',


Rockin' Luke Stroud

If Rockin' Luke had a wikipedia page it would read something like this...

Posted by Luke Stroud on January 18, 2012 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Rockin' Luke Stroud

long bio

Rockin' Luke Stroud is a flamboyant rockabilly piano player and vocalist in the early rock'n'roll styling of Jerry Lee Lewis with his band the Fifties Beat.

He was born in Newport, AR a hot bed for early rock'n'roll. He taught himself to play piano after he was inspired by the music he heard on a Jerry Lee Lewis cassette tape that his father brought home when he was 9. Luke pantomimed on a broken piano for years until his parents bought him one that worked in March 1995. Five months later Rockin' Luke performed a 17 minute medley of Jerry Lee songs at the local Cave City Watermelon Festival.

Stroud is a fan of the Sun Record label from Memphis, Tennessee and often will perform songs from the heyday of early rock'n'roll including numbers by Sun Alumni Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Sonny Burgess as well as Hank Williams. His explosive presentation of songs includes hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On” and also some lesser known Lewis numbers such as“Hadacol Boogie” (which is on Lewis' album, “Last Man Standing” from 2006 which placed #4 on Billboards Country album charts) and “Why Should I Cry Over You.” Stroud is a Sun Records (SunEntertainment Holding Corporation) stockholder, meaning he owns a piece of some of the famous songs he performs.

Stroud's musical influences include Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Sonny Burgess, Billy Lee Riley, Chuck Berry and Ricky Nelson, among others. In the late '90s, he recorded an album entitled “Just Me & My Piano” at Raney Recording Studio at Drasco, AR which is no longer in production.

He was featured as part of the Lost in the '50s shows produced around Arkansas in the late '90s by Melody Ranch Productions.

He has been performing since the age of 15 at festivals, fairs, public schools, restaurants, and other venues including Branson and Forsyth, Missouri.

Festivals Stroud has performed at in Arkansas include the past 17 Cave City Watermelon Festivals and close to as many Sulphur Rock Trolley Car Day festivals, as well as the McCrory Mosquito Fest, PortFest at Jacksonport, Newark's TNT Festival, Pleasant Plains' Plainsman's Days, Caldwell's Cotton Pickin' Fest, Strawberry Fest in Lawrence County, the Rice Festival at Weiner, the Sharp County Fair, the Citizen's Bank Independence Day Celebration in Batesville, Newport's Depot Days, the Rock'n'Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas and has also performed at Josie's Lockhouse in Batesville. Stroud hasperformed at the Evening Shade School, Cave City School, Clinton School and Batesville Southside School and has played shows in the towns of Cushman, Amagon, Pfeiffer, Hardy, Trumann and Jonesboro.

Stroud is often a guest performer at the Silver Moon on Saturday nights at Newport and has opened shows for Mickey Gilley, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers.

Stroud also has been a guest performer numerous times on Sonny Burgess &the Pacers' shows, including one at Bally's Casino at Tunica, MS and one show where Sonny was performing in Jonesboro. Jerry Lee Lewis' bass player BB Cunningham was at this show and performed with Stroud for a few songs.

Stroud performed on the historic stage of the Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport, LA in 2008.

Stroud was the last performer at the tribute held in memory of Sun Records Alumni Billy Lee Riley in 2009 backed by the band Jeannie and the Guys. He was pictured in the international magazine “Blue Suede News” for his contribution to this event.

Stroud performed with Burgess & the Pacers at the Vaden Records 50th Anniversary show at Trumann in 2010. Also Performing at that event was Bobby Brown, Joyce Green, Teddy Reidel, Larry Donn, Chuck Comer and Sonny Burgess & the Pacers. Stroud was again pictured in “Blue Suede News” magazine for his contribution to this event.

Stroud has performed on shows that have also featured: Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M.VanEaton (Sun studio staff musician), Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, JR Rogers, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from the Dukes ofHazzard), Ace Cannon, the Derailers and Mike Snider.

Stroud has been a sit-in guest performer on two occasions at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis.

Perhaps Stroud's website, rockinluke.com, best tells his story and serves as a reference as to how a shy young man became the boogie-woogie piano player on stage that he is today –

Rockin' His Life Away..."

"You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain. Too much a lovin' drives a man insane..." These were the opening lines that penetrated the air from a little cassette tape given to him by his dad. It was the sound, the lyrics and most of all, the rhythmic piano style that would entice an impressionable 9-year-old boy and create a fire that would turn into a passion and a longing to create the same sound as that of which he heard. It was here for the first time in his life that Luke found something he wanted to do with all of his heart --- all thanks to "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis and a present from his parents. From that cassette and those first songs he heard, Luke began practicing and pantomiming on a broken piano. Making any sound from it he could helped in developing his own sound and rhythm. In March of 1995, at not yet the age of fifteen, he asked his dad and mom for a working piano to play on. That was all it took --- he bought him one. It could possibly be the most important and influential gift his parents could ever give him. It would prove not to go unused or be a short-lived hobby. For nearly eight and a half hours, each day after school, he practiced and practiced on that piano. The first song he fully learned was "Carrying On", a lesser known, little rockin' tune that Jerry Lee recorded in 1958. While he learned the music that touched his soul, it was his soul that reflected that passion and feeling. He began doing what came natural. To anyone who loves such music, what is natural is to move and feel the sound. And move he did. His rock and roll stage antics suddenly began to match his vocal and boogie-woogie piano playing performance and style. It was here Rockin' Luke LeWolfe Stroud was born. That began nearly ten yearsago, and today, "Rockin' Luke" continues growing as his own artist. Along with playing the piano, he has become quite the musician on guitar and drums. He writes his own songs, including one he performs in his show entitled "I'm Still Thinking of You" --- a song about a love-gone-wrong and the inability to forget. The tune and lyrics, although reminiscent to that of his idol, is certainly Luke's own. Luke was born in Newport, Arkansas, but calls Cave City home---a small town located in the northern region of the state --- just hours from Memphis, Tennessee, home of the musical sound and legends he admires. Cave City is proud of the "hometown boy with the big talent," and loves it each time he performs in the area; Luke loves to share his talent to anyone willing to listen. And, who wouldn't? Luke pours his heart into what he does. He gives one-hundred-fifty percent. Despite the sweat and blistered fingers each time he performs, it's worth it. He immerses himself into it, no matter the size of the crowd. He gives it all. One could not possibly walk away from his show without getting everything they came for. They get more. He taught himself. At such a young age, he found that something he truly loves and did everything he could in learning to do it well. And that journey hasn't stopped.... At twenty-four, Luke Stroud has accomplished what others twice his age still search for---what they are meant to do in life. Yes, he may have taught himself, but in truth this talent isn't something that is learned. It's a gift from God --- a true God-given talent.'"

Written by: Lacy Mitchell about 6 years ago...

Stroud has lived in Cave City, AR almost all of his life and is also co-owner of a small masonry business called Stroud Masonry Construction. He is also an accomplished photographer whose photos have been published in theBatesville (Ark.) Daily Guard, Van Buren County (Ark.) Democrat and other newspapers.

“I feel it is an honor to play the music that I love and to carry on the tradition of early rock'n'roll,” Rockin' Luke said recently.

He always gives entertaining his all...

Always.

 

 

 

Contact for Rockin' Luke Stroud:  rockinluke@yahoo.com  and Contact for his Fiance/Manager/booking agent: Lacy Mitchell:   lacy@guardonline.com

 

 

 

Check out the website for Rockin' Luke Stroud at www.rockinluke.com

 

 

New short bio for Rockin' Luke Stroud

Posted by Luke Stroud on December 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)


Rockin’ Luke Stroud of Cave City is a self-taught musician, having played piano since March of 1995 after receiving a Jerry Lee Lewis cassette as a gift from his parents and pantomiming on an old piano.

In 16 years, Luke has performed with and on the same bill as many musicians such as those who helped shape the sounds of 1950’s rock ’n’ roll, including SUN-recording artist Sonny Burgess, Dale Hawkins, Carl Mann, Johhnny Cash’s original drummer W.S. Holland and Lewis’ Sun session drummer J.M. VanEaton. He has opened for Mickey Gilley, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, among others. Having also been pictured twice in an international magazine (Blue Suede News) and performed on the Louisiana Hayride stage and at the Billy Lee Riley Benefit in Newport, AR, Luke strives to bring forth the memories of a by-gone era and its music to today’s audiences with his pumping-piano sound.

Find out more at www.rockinluke.com. -- (Written by Lacy Mitchell)


 

Performing at the Billy Lee Riley Benefit held in Newport, AR at the Silver Moon! There were lots of legendary figures of rock music that performed Sunday afternoon for the benefit... Carl Mann "Mona Lisa", Sleepy Labeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M. Van Eaton (Sun studio staff musician), Larry Donn, Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, Teddy Riedel, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard), Jeannie and the Guys, and Sonny Burgess and the Pacers!!! It was such an honor to perfom at this benefit for Billy Lee...


Original Sun Recording Artist/Rock'n'Roll Legend Sonny Burgess at the Cave City Watermelon Festival; about 2006...


On top of the piano, Cave City '09!!!


Playing at the Louisiana Hayride March 2008...


Original Sun Recording Artist Sonny Burgess, Mike Rudi, Rickey Copeland and Luke Stroud... Thanksgiving night; Swifton Community Center 2009


Rockin' Luke and the legendary twister Chubby Checker 2011...

This photo was in Blue Suede News Magazine, a rockabilly music magazine, along with most of the other performers from the Billy Lee Riley benefit held on August 30, 2009 at the Silver Moon in Newport Arkansas! Billy Lee was an original Sun Recording Artist and a legendary figure of early Rock'n'Roll. There were lots of legendary figures of rock music that performed that afternoon for the benefit. Carl Mann "Mona Lisa", Sleepy Labeef, W. S. Holland (Johnny Cash's drummer), J.M. Van Eaton (Sun studio staff musician), Larry Donn, Dale Hawkins, Travis Wammack, Teddy Riedel, Smoochy Smith, Ben Jones (Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard), Jeannie and the Guys, and Sonny Burgess and the Pacers!!! Photo taken by Mike Chojnacki


Original Sun Recording Artist Sonny Burgess, Doug Greeno and Luke Stroud performing in Caldwell, Arkansas...


Luke Stroud (on piano), Rickey Copeland (on drums) and Original Sun Recording Artist Sonny Burgess (on lead guitar) in Hardy, Arkansas 2009...


D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley's original drummer, Rockin' Luke Stroud and Lacy Mitchell at the Depot Days Conductors Reception in Newport, AR 9-24-2010!


Original Sun Recording Artist Sonny Burgess, Lacy Mitchell and Luke Stroud at the 50th Anniversary of Rock'n'Roll 7-5-2004 in Memphis, TN...

Jerry Lee Lewis and Rockin' Luke Stroud at The Lewis Ranch in Nesbit, MS 1997! It was JLL's 62nd birthday weekend. This photo was taken near the Killer Kar Kollection building!


Rockin' Luke Stroud and Mickey Gilley at the Rock'n'Roll Highway 67 Music Festival in Pocahontas, AR 10-2-2010! Rockin' Luke was one of the opening acts for the show which also included Narvel Felts followed by Mickey Gilley!


Luke Stroud with Teddy Riedel (he wrote the song Judy which was recorded by Elvis Presley) at the Cave City Watermelon Festival 2009!

On top of the piano, Cave City '09!!!


Rockin' Luke Stroud performing at the Cave City Watermelon Festival August 11, 2011...


This photo was taken at the Vaden Records Reunion show Feb. 6th. The bill included Larry Donn, Chuck Comer, Teddy Reidell, Joyce Green, Luke Stroud, Bobby Brown and Sonny Burgess and the Pacers!!! Photo taken by Mike Chojnacki.

Playing from behind the piano, Cave City '08!!!



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