At 80-years-old, country singer Mickey Gilley has no plans to slow down. Although Gilley was almost paralyzed after an accident in 2009 and he can no longer play the piano, he’s still going strong.
Gilley will hit the stage at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi on Saturday at 8 p.m.
“Seems like for the past few years, we’ve been coming down to the IP and we have a great time in Biloxi and I’m always looking forward to coming in — at 80-years-old, I’m just appreciative people still enjoy some of my music,” Gilley said in an interview with the Sun Herald. “I’m going to get up there and tell them a couple of corny jokes — I say they’re corny because you have to explain them — and play my songs for them.”
It’s been more than 40 years since the singer from Houston, Texas, by way of Natchez, where he was born in 1936, had his first hit with “Room Full of Roses.” The first cousin to both Jerry Lee Lewis and the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, Gilley is still making music as he enters his eighth decade.
“I’ve been working on a new CD,” he said. “I was in North Carolina and I saw this guy performing in front of the theater and he handed me a CD — I usually never listen to them — but I listened to this one and it had a song called ‘Kickin’ it On Down The Road’ and it was so well-written that I presented it to my friend Johnny Lee and he looked at me like I was nuts so I went and recorded it myself.”
Gilley said the song became the centerpiece of the album.
“I recorded some more songs and wrote a bio for it and I think people will be impressed if they pick up a copy of it,” he said. “I went back through my archives and found some things I forgot I recorded and put them on there and I think people will get a kick out of it.”
Although he said he may play a song or two from the new album, he said his fans need not worry — there will be plenty of “Urban Cowboy.”
“We end the show with about a 15-minute medley of the songs from “Urban Cowboy,” including ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’ which was recorded by Charlie Daniels,” he said. “And then we close the show with my hit, ‘Stand By Me’ — people still love it.”
If you go
IP Casino Resort at 850 Bayview Ave. in Biloxi
8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24
Tickets start at $25 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.