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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Coffee Street Records artist: Lew Jetton & 61 South - Rain - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Rain, from Lew Jetton & 61 South and it has a cool groove. Opening with contemporary blues number, Who's Texting Me, Lew Jetton has the mic and p[lays lead guitar. Backed by Erik Eicholtz on drums, Dan Bell on organ and guitar, Alonzo Pennington on guitar and James Sullivan on bass this track moves. Cool rocker, Move On Yvonne, is a great track with it's bass line and Jetton's vocals balanced with harp work by J.D. Wilkes. I also really like the piano work by J. Solon Smith and the soulful vocals of Miranda Louise. Excellent! Melodic, R&B track, Lay Me Down, is a definite radio track with smooth vocals and a catchy hook. James Sullivan takes the bass and Sam Moore steps up on guitar for a solid track. With the spark of a revival tent, Glory Train, has you up and hopping. With country pickin' by Pennington and Jetton and terrific backing vocals by Louise, this track is super. On John Hiatt's Feel's Like Rain, Bell creates a smooth organ bed for Jetton's soulful vocals and Moore and Jetton lay down some real nice guitar riffs giving the track a soothing feel. Very nice. On country rocker, Done Done It, Jetton is about as stripped down as it gets making a cool track with all the basics. His guitar soloing is kept simple and his vocals straight down the a rocker should. Sandy Lee is a really cool blues track with vocal style of a Mississippi delta bluesman with only some basic polish, a slick glistening piano solo by Smith and solid bass and drums by Otis Walker and Eicholtz respectively. Loping blues rocker, Keeping Me Awake, opens it up a bit with some hot guitar riffs by Pennington and Jetton over a solid walking bass line by Walker. Smith steps up again with some real nice piano work making this one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is Allen Toussaint's It's Raining. Stylistically done with Smith on piano, Jetton's vocals are pure and warm.

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