Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Lew Jetton
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.