Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Past

Really excited about the upcoming release of a collection of Christmas songs, Christmas Past.  The EP was recorded in Paducah, Kentucky at Coffee Street Records Studios, just like our last release, Rain.  Quote honestly, if this wasn't a seasonal release, I'd keep it in the can longer since Rain is still on the charts and doing well! 

This was a really stripped down effort, with just me on guitars, my engineer, co-producer Heath Glisson on bass and drums and, Matt Lyerla, a very talented multi-instrumentalist, on piano on 3 songs.

I wanted to record a couple or original Christmas songs I'd written, especially "Christmas Past" which I actually wrote 15 or 20 years ago but had never gotten around to recording.  The other four songs on the EP are favorites of mine which I've played for years at some local assisted living centers at Christmastime.

The EP features some rockers: "Winter Wonderland" and "Run Run Rudolph", with great piano solos by Matt, along with "Blue Christmas" which is kinda mashujp between Elvis' and Leon Redbone's.  "White Christmas" is kind of a unique arrangement.  Hard to describe, other than nowhere NEAR the familiar version.  "Christmas with my Baby" is a nice little blues shuffle with light hearted lyrics.  "Christmas Past" is kinda neat.  When I wrote it, I was surprised I'd never hear of a Christmas song with this title and covering this subject in this way.  Heath did a nice turn on the bass, too.

For you gearheads, I only used 2 guitars: a Brian Setzer 6120SSU Tiger Stripe Gretsch, and one of my favorite strats, Forrest, a '79 25th Anniversary Fender Strat, I only used 2 effects: Boss Tremolo, and Fulltone OCD.  Probably the thing which stands out most on this CD is my voice.  I'm happy to report I've now been smoke free for more than 6 months, and I'm not only hitting notes I haven't hit in 20 years, I'm hitting notes I've NEVER hit! 

Christmas Past will be released shortly after Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Charts! Christmas!

 Hard to believe we're approaching 4 months of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart and still hanging in there with our latest release, Rain.  I never would have imagined, after 10 years, we'd get the reception we have from listeners, DJs, PDs and Presenters.  Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.

I guess the thing which is most remarkable to me, is that DJs have played ALL 10 songs on the CD, and the CD has been played all over the world!

Meanwhile, the holidays will be here before you know it, and I'm thrilled to say, we're merely days away from releasing my first collection of Christmas songs.  Christmas Past is an EP of 6 Christmas songs, 2 originals and 4 favorites, with 2 of them done with very unusual arrangements.

I always loved Christmas songs, but never recorded any until now.  The EP includes Christmas Past, a song I wrote more than 10 years ago, but never recorded until now, along with another original, Christmas With My Baby.  The old favorites are songs which I've included each year while playing Christmas shows with the band, 61 South, and also during solo/duo acoustic shows during the Christmas season.  Man y of these shows have actually been at assisted living facilities, so it's been heart warming for me as well as the residents, and it gets to more dear to my heart each year.  More about EP soon!  It's scheduled for release around Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Break from The Stage

Didn't really plan it, but after a great weekend playing 2 really fun festivals, I'll be taking a break for a few weeks.  Friday night, we played the inaugural Beltline Blues Festival in Paducah, KY at The Riff, along with Bosco France, Stacy Mitchart, Scott Holt and Eddie Turner.  A great lineup!  I was especially thrilled Eddie Turner made his first visit to the area!  Been a big fan of his for years, and it's so cool with both of us having albums on the charts right now!

Saturday night it was the Beer, Blues and Brats Festival at Discovery Park of America in Union City, TN where we shared billing with longtime friends Little Boys Blue, who have been on the charts all summer long with their latest album.  It was great to catch up and also really enjoyed hearing them play live for the first time since we both played this event last year! Last year when we played this it was FREEZING, and while it was a little chilly this year, it was warmer.  The result was the crowd was HUGE! It was a special night.  Also, this past weekend, I was finally able to play the '79 Anniversary Strat for the entire shows.  This is the guitar which belonged to my late friend, Forrest Hurd of the Hurd Brothers Band.  It took some work, but we finally got it just like I wanted and it's incredible!

The new CD, Rain, continues to stay in the Top 25 Nationwide on the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart!  The reviews have been really great too!  Just this week, an acquaintance sent me a clipping from DownBeat Magazine, which gave us a GREAT review!  What a THRILL!  We'll continue riding this out for as long as it last.  In the meantime, I'm getting ready for Christmas! That means recording a Christmas EP and getting ready for Christmas shows in December!  I'm sorry! ALL of them are private shows, BUT if that changes, I'll let you know!

Bless you, in the Blues....

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Charts, Shows, Christmas and 2017!

It's hard to believe but the new CD, Rain, is  closing in on 2 months on the Blues Radio Charts! What is still most amazing to me is that ALL 10 of the songs on the CD have been played by stations, and EIGHT of the songs have charted on the Singles Charts!  Needless to say, we're thrilled with it's success.

We'll be playing songs from the new album at 2 really cool festivals this weekend:  Friday night, we'll play at the inaugural Beltline Blues Festival at The Riff Concert Hall in Paducah, KY, along with one of my favorite guitar players, Bosco France.  

Saturday night, we're at Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee for the Beer, Blues and Brats Festival.  We played this event last year and it was a blast, with lots of craft breweries from around the state and region, and great food!!! We'll also be performing alongside our longtime friends, Little Boys Blue! It's been a great year for both of us!  LBB has been on the charts for 5 months now with their new release!

After this, we'll have a break from shows until December, then it's time for Christmas shows and parties.  That will be fun and especially this year because, I hope to have a Christmas EP out in time for the holidays!  Recording has begun and is moving along nicely!  Still undecided whether it will be a strictly digital release or not, but it will have at least 2 original Christmas songs, along with 4 or 5 classic Christmas songs.  Stay tuned!   Of course, beginning later this month, we'll
step it up, booking for next year!  If you would like to book us for your festival or other event, contact us here!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Chart Update, Schedule Alert, Etc Etc

Our CD Rain hit it's 3rd week on the chart, all three inside the top 20 of the Roots Music Reports Contemporary Blues Chart which blows my mind!  Thanks so much to the DJs, Programmers and Presenters who are choosing our CD to play.  I'm also still blown away by just how MANY songs off the CD they are choosing....  ALL 10 songs have been played by stations.  I hope that means that's a testament to how strong and consistent all 10 songs on the CD are.

Schedule: It's been a weird year.  I've NEVER had as many shows cancel as I have this year.  We're up to 5 or 6!  This time, it's the Cairo Blues and Heritage Festival.  I thought we had agreed to perform Friday night, like last year, with us opening for Chris Canas (last year, we were flip flopped), but instead the other day, I found out we were scheduled for Saturday afternoon instead, which conflicted with a show we had agreed to in Trenton, TN.  I could not back out of the Tennessee show, because my parents were looking forward to coming and they don't get many opportunities to see me play.  I think this is the first one in several years. At any rate, I apologize to the promoters in Cairo for making the mistake, and apologize to the fans too. Maybe it's time for a booking agent.

Gear:  Sunday night in Rockport, IN, I used my Eric Clapton Signature Strat for the first time live.  I played it for the solo on "Who's Texting You" on the CD but never played it live until Sunday night.  I really liked it, and may start using it more  It's different than my other strats because of the 25db boost control but I kinda like the extra control.

Bless you!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Up the Charts....

So grateful for the reception the new CD Rain is receiving!  Only 2 weeks into it's release, it already hit the Roots Music Report Charts for Blues, Contemporary Blues and 2 songs reached the contemporary blues charts for singles.  A big THANK YOU to all the DJs and presenters in the USA and abroad who are playing the CD and the reviewers who are giving it glowing reviews. 

Incredibly, DJs are playing ALL TEN of the songs on the CD!  Sales are going well and in fact CDBaby.com has sold out of the CD twice.  They are being restocked right now.

Of course you can find everywhere you can get the CD, whether a direct download or hard copy at lewjetton.com

Monday, August 15, 2016

Rain Getting LOTS of Airplay, Worldwide!!!

Thanks so much to the DJs and stations which keep adding us. More and more every week! So far, stations have played 9 of the 10 songs on the CD. Not sure what that means. Very grateful and very humbled... Here's s partial list.  If lyou don't see your local radio station on this list, be sure to call them up and request they add us to their blues playlist!

Atlanta, GA: WRFG
Benton, ME: WMHB
Bloomington, IN: WFHB
Blue Hill, ME: WERU
Buffalo, NY: WBFO
Carbondale, IL: WDBX
Charlottesville, VA: WNRN
Columbia, MO: KOPN
El Paso, TX: KTEP
Evansville, IN: WUEV
France: Blues Jeans
France: Radio Blues Intense
Galesburg, IL: WVKC
Gallup, NM: KGLP
Germany: Blue Road Radio
Netherlands: Radio Duivenstraat
Honolulu, HI: KTUH
Huntsville, AL: WLRH,WJAB
Kansas City, MO: KCOR
Louisville, KY: WCHQ
Mendocino, CA: KTDE
Murray, KY: WKMS
Paducah, KY: WKYQ
San Diego, CA: KCR
South Bend, IN: WSND
Spokane, WA: KYRS
Tampa, FL: WMNF
UK: Digital Blues
Web: Downtown Deb 21st Century Blues
Web: Hanks Americana Music