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Lew Jetton & 61 South “Rain” Available August 8th Coffee Street Records
“Rain”, the new CD from Lew Jetton & 61 South, promises to further Jetton's reputation as a clever songwriter, and dynamic, original vocalist. The band's previous 2 releases, State Line Blues and Tales From A 2 Lane, were both “Picks to Click” on XM/Sirius Radio's Bluesville Channel, and "Rain" promises to take up where the other two left off.
The songs on Rain range from poignant (Lay Me Down) to redemptive (Glory Train) to contemporary (Who's Texting You) to humorous (Move On, Yvonne). Think a little Stevie Ray Vaughan seasoned with cajun and creole spices. Real Blues magazine called Jetton's stylings “Southern Fried Chicago Blues.” Rain brings together the longtime 61 South bandmates, along with several of Jetton’s close friends, including 2-Time International Thumbpicking Champion and IBC Semi-Finalist Alonzo Pennington, former multi-instrumentalist for guitar legend Johnny Hyland, Solon Smith, former Lonnie Mack backup vocalist Miranda Louise, J.D. Wilkes, harp ace from Th' Legendary ShackShakers and the Reverend JoAnn Green, who's contribution is actually a clip from her longtime gospel radio
show, “Words to Ponder” on WDXR-AM in Paducah, KY.
Although Lew Jetton & 61 South has been around more than 20 years, the sound remains fresh and honest, as their live shows continue to combine high energy with deep emotion, just like their new CD, Rain.
Listening to Lew Jetton sing is like having that conversation with a trusted friend you’ve needed for a long time. There’s no excess baggage, no TV idle jive; just the guts of truth voiced in ageless warmth and emotional experience. Lew gets to the point; the stories tell themselves.
Microwave Dave, WLRH/WJAB FM
1. WHO'S TEXTING YOU 3:33 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
2. MOVE ON YVONNE 2:48 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
3. MISSISSIPPI RAIN 3:39 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
4. LAY ME DOWN 4:26 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
5. GLORY TRAIN 2:06 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
6. FEELs LIKE RAIN 5:48 John Hyatt BMI
7. DONE DONE IT 2:52 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
8. SANDY LEE 4:11 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
9. KEEPING ME AWAKE 3:55 Robert Lewis Jetton BMI
10. IT'S RAINING 4:22 Allen Tousaint BMI
What They're Saying...
Listening to Lew Jetton sing is like having that conversation with a trusted friend you’ve needed for a long time. There’s no excess baggage, no TV idle jive; just the guts of truth voiced in ageless warmth and emotional experience. Lew gets to the point; the stories tell themselves. Blues, Gulf Coast R&B, gospel and southern rock are referenced in the arrangements that frame them.
A slew of expert operators of American traditional tools make damn sure you were listening. Besides 61 South, notable guests lend picking, preaching and singing to Rain’s ensemble strength. But it’s Lew Jetton’s bona fide vocals that build you a home in these very direct lyrics. Tired of guessin’?
Here’s your lesson.
Microwave Dave, WLRH/WJAB FM
LEW JETTON Vocals, guitar
ERIK EICHOLTZ Drums
DAN BELL Organ (1,3,4,6) Guitar (1)
JAMES SULLIVAN Bass (1,2,3,4,6,7)
OTIS WALKER Bass (5,8.9)
SAM MOORE Guitar (4,6)
ALONZO PENNINGTON Guitar (1,5,9)
J. SOLON SMITH Piano (2,8,9,10)
J.D. WILKES Harmonica (2,3)
MIRANDA LOUISE Vocals (2,5)
REVEREND JOANN GREEN Radio Preacher (5)
Produced by Lew Jetton, Engineered by Heath Glisson
Recorded and mastered at Coffee Street Recording Studios, Paducah, KY
Its a keeper! An A+. If you could taste this album, it would be the best
gumbo you ever ate.
Will Stephens, Host of "The Electric Blues Hours" 91.1 FM WDBX
Lew Jetton & 61 South are a force of nature on their new blues album
“Rain!” Heart felt lyrics and stinging blues guitar licks make you feel like
you’re at one of Lew’s live shows. Like a cool Kentucky rain Lew and the
band keep sounding better with every song.
Eric Dahl, Host of Fox 17 Rock & Review (Nashville,TN). Author, B.B. King's Lucille and the Loves Before Her