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Lew Jetton & 61 South

Lew Jetton first learned to love the blues while working in the cotton fields of West Tennessee as a boy. He joined the band, 61 South in 1994 and became the band's front man and songwriter within a couple of years.

Since then, they've never learned back, burning up the festival and club circuit, forging a reputation for delivering high energy, raw, emotional performances.

Palestine Blues, the new album from Lew Jetton & 61 South is a personally poignant and sometimes brutal memoir of a 10 year period in Jetton's life which included struggles with alcohol, drugs, depression, joblessness, frustration and a spiritual tug of war.

“Palestine is the community in which I live but it's also a place of historic significance for being sacred, while at the same time, a place of conflict. That's kind of where I have been for years. I know a lot of blues is happy and uplifting. This is not. I'm OK with that. I wanted it to be real blues, in the emotional sense and that's what Palestine Blues is.” Lew Jetton

Palestine Blues is pure emotion. Recorded 3 piece for the most part with just Lew on guitar, with bass and drums, so the essence of the songs could show through. No posing. Just the raw feeling, so you really can feel the frustration, the helplessness, the anger, the sadness, that are a way of life for so many today.

Palestine Blues follows on the heels of Lew Jetton & 61 South's 2016 release Rain, which spent more than 6 months of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart, receiving extensive airplay worldwide and finishing #36 in their year end list of all the Top 200 releases.

Palestine Blues Reviews:

“Very original. Very dark. Think Gary Clark Jr meets Townes Van Zandt. Maybe the most REAL blues I've heard in a long time, because it deals with real life and real problems so many of us are facing today. Not a bunch of superficial BS. It's about real pain. The problems the working families and working poor are dealing with. This one tells it straight “in your face.” Luke Williams, WKYQ

“A brilliant new album about life, place, and conflict. Palestine Blues will end up on my Best of 2017 list. Lew Jetton & 61 South have crafted a beautiful blues album that is stylistically, musically, and lyrically one of the best I’ve heard in a while.” Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint

“Take Townes Van Zandt's demons, turn them up a notch and set them on fire and you begin to get an idea what's going on here” Chris Spector, Midwest Record