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Lew Jetton & 61 South
Tales From A 2 Lane
Self Release

By James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
12 songs; 41:27 minutes; Highly Recommended

Kentucky’s Lew Jetton may be laughing, but it is a wry, ironic laugh. Jetton is a “newly discovered” artist by the blues world at large, but he and 61 South have been around for 13 years.

Well known in the Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri Mid South region, the band is Lew Jetton- guitar, vocals; Sam Moore-guitar, vocals; Dan Bell- Keyboards, guitar, vocals; Greg Walker- bass; and Erik Eicholtz- Drums.

Blues guitarist/singer/song writer Jetton was born in 1959 in Humboldt, Tennessee, and after college graduation in 1981, he worked in radio and then spent many years as a meteorologist and local television personality in Paducah, Kentucky. In 1994, while still working in local TV, he began playing guitar with the Blues band 61 South, based in Paducah. While developing as the front man, Jetton was mentored by friend and late Chicago Blues Legend Snooky Pryor in nearby Ullin, Illinois.

Lew Jetton & 61 South have released 2 CDs: State Line Blues (2000) and Tales From A 2 Lane. Tales... was selected as a “Pick to Click” by XM Satellite Radio Bluesville (Channel 74), which kept originals “Waffle House Woman” and “I Been Cheated” on their hot play list.

Jetton’s voice is an instantly likeable, attention grabbing Southern drawl that a Northern singer might be able to imitate if he tucked a marble inside each cheek.

Their "Southern-Fried" Chicago Blues sound is receiving worldwide critical acclaim for their mix of mostly original blues presented in an upbeat, enthusiastic, and at times, humorous way.

For example, the ubiquitous Waffle House restaurants throughout the South receive a send up with “Waffle House Woman.” “She gives me loving to go / With a sweet jelly roll,” sings Jetton. “300 pounds...she’s not fat, she’s just big boned.”

The entire Tales From A 2 Lane album is loaded with great originals, kicking off with “I Been Cheated” featuring Jetton’s smoking lead guitar. The 12-bar “Tattoo Blues” provides more tongue in cheek lyrics like, “She’s got my name on her arm, but the man before me, too. Well, it works for me, if it works for you!” Get hip to Lew and be among his discoverers, too.

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