Sunday, July 30, 2017

RIg Rundown for Palestine Blues

I knew when I walked in the Coffee Street Records Studio in Reidland, Kentucky for us to begin recording Palestine blues, there were not going to be a lot of effects  or for that matter even overdubbing. When we had rehearsed the songs three-piece to work them up with the rhythm section, the songs already sounded so good,  I decided to go ahead and just stay with the three piece all the way through the recording. That's just the way the message of the songs came though the best.

I did use several guitars to achieve what I wanted to on the songs and to be honest I don't know if I can remember all of the guitars used! Here are the ones I remember: A Gresh Brian Setzer Edition, a Paul Reed Smith 30th anniversary,  G&L Bluesboy, Fender Blacktop Jaguar, 79 anniversary Strat which want to belonged to a friend of mine, Forrest Hurd, a Phil Jones/Steve Uncapher Lower Broadcaster, a custom telecaster which was built for me by a friend, Brian Campell, and an Eric Clapton Blackie. 

As for the amps, the main one I used was a 1970 fender twin silver face, although for many of the leads I used an  Orange micro dark into a Seismic 2 x 12 or 1 x 12 cabinet. On "Bout Time," for the lead guitar, I used a Fender Super Champ 2X head into a 2 x 12 cabinet. 

Throughout the entire album, I did not use many FX at all. I think all I used was a Fulltone OCD and a Boss Tremolo.  Any other affects were done downstream  in ProTools. 

Really, the only time I remember trying to stretch for a little bit of an unusual tone, was on Don't Need No Devil," when I was applying some techniques which I had seen Daniel Lanois do. I always liked how he got such ethereal tones. 

So that's it. Kept it really simple. Did not want a lot of layering or effects getting in the way of the songs messages.  Sometimes, "less is more," and I think it really was on this project. I enjoyed it so much, I think I'll continue keeping things uber simple!

Palestine Blues One Sheet

Label:  Coffee Street Records
Release: August 7, 2017

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. 

Track Listing:
  1. Will I Go To Hell (4:11)
  2. Oh My My (3:04)
  3. For the Pain (4:27)
  4. Mexico (5:09)
  5. Sold Us Out (3:45)
  6. Drinking Again (4:03)
  7. Don't Need No Devil (4:10)
  8. Christ Have Mercy (3:53)
  9. Drama (2:49)
  10. BoutTime (2:32)
All songs written by Robert Lewis Jetton (BMI, Brooks Chapel Music) Copyright 2017, All Rights Reserved


LEW JETTON Vocals, Guitar



J.D. WILKES Harmonica (1,5)

*Produced by Lew Jetton, Engineered, mixed and mastered by Heath Glisson

*Recorded, mixed and mastered at Coffee Street Recording Studios, Paducah, KY

What They're Saying...

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

I've played him on my shows in the past, but this CD takes it up another explosive notch!! “ Cap'n Barney, MAYFLOWER HILL BLUES, WMHB

A powerful collection combining creative original lyrics and instrumentation with traditional and contemporary blues themes.....gets better every time I play it!” Brion Foster, KYRS

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.