Lew Jetton and 61 South
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Lew Jetton and 61 South

Fulton, Kentucky, United States

Fulton, Kentucky, United States
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"Tales From A Two Lane"

"Tales From A 2 Lane" gives a nod to straight-blues as well as good ole
southern-fried boogie. Lew has always had a "way" with a lyric, and his sly sense of humor is
apparent on several of the ten cuts he wrote herein. Our favorite, tho, has to be Lew's ode to one of the South's favorite roadside eateries, the hilarious "Waffle House Woman." Oh yeah, she works there, and gives him "lovin' to go, with a sweet jelly roll." Oh, and don't call her fat--"she's just bigboned!" This one kept us laughing all the way thru! There's a good reason that this CD spent the summer in the Top Five of XM Satellite Radio's Blues chart - Music City Blues


"State Line Blues"

Jetton has a Southern drawl singin' voice that's straight 'ol blues and the guitar work drips with Dixie blues-rock flavor, but with a touch of Chicago.... Straight authentic Southern style blues in all its down-home glory....too damn good to be a local secret. 61 South should be on festival stages all over the U.S. showing how real Southern Blues should sound at it's best.....” - Real Blues Magazine


"Lew Jetton & 61 South"

"Mike Halmo here , blues director WBOR, Brunswick, Maine. Just letting you know that we did receive "Tales From A 2 Lane" and man, this is a great cd. That opening cut "I Been Cheated" just sets the tone,,,I mean, if you hadn't felt cheated before listening to that cut, sure as hell you do by the end of the number. Have entered this into rotation and you can bet this one is going to chart here at WBOR. We are a reporting station to Living Blues Magazine."

Tales from A 2 Lane features several of the bands most loved originals from the past few years along with some new gems, including the groovin' "I Been Cheated," the silky smooth "Nighttime Into Day," The hypnotic "The Trouble," The hilarious "Waffle House Woman," the ode to the tattoo "Tattoo Blues, the ode to the CB radio, "CB Song," and much more! 61 South is known for Lew's unique voice which conveys both fun, and at times pain for a truly unique Blues style.

Tales From A 2 Lane features special guests Col. JD Wilkes of Th' Legendary Shack Shakers (an original member of 61 South) along with Terry Mike Jeffrey on sax and one of the most revered boogie-woogie piano men in Blues, Bob Lohr of the Jelly Roll All-Stars. - WBOR Brunswick, MA


"Lew Jetton & 61 South Tales From A 2 Lane"

Lew Jetton & 61 South
Tales From A 2 Lane
Self Release
www.61south.com
info@61south.com

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. - IllinoisBlues.com


"Tales From A Two Lane"

"Lew Jetton & 61 South blur the line between straight-ahead blues and Southern Rock ( "Two Lane Road," "I Been Cheated"). Jetton's husky vocals front a terrific rhythm section (Greg Walker on bass and Erik Eicholtz on drums), and his guitar shares space with Sam Moore's and with Dan Bell's organ. Guest Bob Lohr's piano fills out "Cadillac Gal" and "Nighttime Into Day," a romantic R&B ballad boosted by Terry Mike Jeffrey's sax. They visit the roadhouse on "Cause You Lie To Me" (a rocking adaptation of Tampa Red and Albert King's "I Get Evil," boogie hard on "The Trouble," and lay down a jazzy shuffle on "Come Out Baby." Potential standards include "Tattoo Blues," and "Waffle House Woman." Thumbs up for Tales From A 2 Lane." - Blues Revue Magazine


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A native of rural West Tennessee, Lew Jetton first heard the blues and southern gospel music in the cotton fields near Trenton, Tennessee. Later, he was mentored by two legends, Rockabilly Legend Carl Perkins, and Chicago Blues Legend Snooky Pryor.

Jetton joined Paducah, Kentucky based blues band, 61 South in 1994 and began working as its singer and principle songwriter in 1995.

A 61 South performance features a lot of high energy, high emotional Blues, but with some fun and humor thrown in as well!

"Tales From A 2 Lane", from Lew Jetton & 61 South, a "Pick to Click" by Bluesville, on XM/Sirius Radio, was named BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR by the Kentucky Blues Society in 2006.

"State Line Blues," the debut CD from Lew Jetton & 61 South was also named a "Pick to Click" in 2007 on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, after originally being picked as the 4th best Independent Blues Release in the United States by Real Blues Magazine for the year 2000.

Blues Revue Magazine: Lew Jetton & 61 South blur the line between straight-ahead blues and Southern Rock. Thumbs up for Tales From A 2 Lane!

Music City Blues: "Tales From A 2 Lane" gives a nod to straight-blues as well as good ole southern-fried boogie. Lew has always had a "way" with a lyric, and his sly sense of humor is apparent on several of the ten cuts he wrote herein. Our favorite, tho, has to be Lew's ode to one of the South's favorite roadside eateries, the hilarious "Waffle House Woman." Oh yeah, she works there, and gives him "lovin' to go, with a sweet jelly roll." Oh, and don't call her fat--"she's just bigboned!" This one kept us laughing all the way thru! There's a good reason that this CD spent the summer in the Top Five of XM Satellite Radio's Blues chart

Real Blues Magazine: " Jetton has a Southern drawl singin' voice that's straight 'ol blues and the guitar work drips with Dixie blues-rock flavor, but with a touch of Chicago.... Straight authentic Southern style blues in all its down-home glory....too damn good to be a local secret. 61 South should be on festival stages all over the U.S. showing how real Southern Blues should sound at it's best.....”

Nightlife: " Jetton is the real deal-- a passionate singer with a riveting voice and a strong, original guitar tone."

Blues Festivals which have featured Lew Jetton & 61 South:
The Juke Joint Festival (Clarksdale, MS), Hot August Blues Festival (Aurora, KY), WC Handy Blues Festival (Henderson, KY) , Ozark Blues Festival (Murphysboro, IL), Sparta Blues Festival (Sparta, IL) , Riverside Blues Festival (Murphysboro, IL) , Bear Creek Blues Festival (Slater, MO), Missouri Blues, Bikes & BBQ Festival (Sedalia, MO) , Metropolis Blues & Ques Festival (Metropolis, IL), Kentucky Blues Festival (Bowling Green, KY), BBQ On The River (Paducah, KY) & many more.

Personnel:
Lew Jetton- guitar, vocals
Dan Bell- Keyboards, guitar, vocals
Greg Walker- bass
Erik Eicholtz- Drums

For more information: (270) 519-1788 Info@61south.com