Very original. Very dark. Think Gary Clark Jr meets Townes Van Zandt. This is real deal blues focusing on today's problems so many in our country face: joblessness, depression, alcoholism, opiod abuse, struggles between the holy and the profance....
1999: State Line Blues
2006: Tales From A Two Lane
2016: Christmas Past
2017: Palestine Blues
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Lew Jetton learned The Blues the old fashioned way, in the cotton fields, while growing up in the 60s and 70s between Trenton and Dyersburg, Tennessee. Along the way, he had two of the best mentors one could have: In the 80s, the legendary Carl Perkins, and in the 90s, the one and only Chicago Blues Legend, Snooky Pryor.
In 1994, Jetton joined up with Paducah, Kentucky based blues band 61 South, which featured legendary harp slinger Colonel JD Wilkes, drummer Erik Eicholtz, and "Fast Layne" Hendrickson. Upon Hendrickson's departure for New Orleans in 1995, Jetton took over front man duties and the band hasn't looked back or slowed down since.
Lew Jetton & 61 South are indeed, the real deal: a multi "Pick to Click" on XM/Sirius Bluesville, with multiple albums on the Blues and Blues Rock charts. They have cemented their reputation in clubs and festivals with their signature, critically acclaimed, Mississippi River Electric Blues sound.
Erik Eicholtz continues on drums as the only original member of 61 South, joined by Sam Moore on guitar, Dan Bell on guitar and organ and Otis Walker on bass.
"Think Gary Clark Jr meets Townes Van Zandt. Maybe the most REAL blues I've heard in a long time." Luke Williams, WKYQ
Classiclite: "If Johnny Winter went to New Orleans to live for awhile, and vacationed in Chicago, this is what he might sound like."
Blues Music Magazine: "Lew Jetton & 61 South blur the line between straight-ahead blues and Southern Rock. Thumbs up!"
Real Blues Magazine: "61 South should be on festival stages all over the U.S. showing how real Southern Blues should sound at it's best."
Downbeat Magazine: "Key to the appeal of Lew Jetton, an under appreciated singer and guitarist is his integration of true intent and heaps of heart. He's comfortable with straight blues, Southern blues-rock, soul-blues, even blues-gospel."
Reflections In Blue: "Jetton is a top-notch guitarist with a voice suited for the blues and an exceptional songwriter. All the technical training in the world cannot teach this stuff. You either have it and understand it, or you don't...and Lew Jetton and 61 South nail it, big time"
Past Festivals: The Juke Joint Festival, Hot August Blues Festival, WC Handy Blues Festival, Ozark Blues Festival,Sparta Blues Festival, Riverside Blues Festival, Bear Creek Blues Festival, Missouri Blues, Bikes & BBQ Festival, Metropolis Blues & Ques Festival, Kentucky Blues Festival, BBQ On The River, Superman Festival & many more.