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Lew Jetton Brings Mississippi River Electric Blues to Next Live Lunch

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Lew Jetton will perform an unplugged set on the next Live Lunch installment on Friday, July 19th at 12 noon.

A Western Tennessee native, Lew Jetton created his distinct style of blues guitar while growing up in Gibson County. Jetton will bring his locally grown music to the Sounds Good studio for the next Live Lunch installment.

From Paducah's Warehouse Guitar Speakers Website:

"Lew Jetton learned The Blues the old fashioned way, in the cotton fields of his native West Tennessee in the 60s and 70s. 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. Lew Jetton is, indeed, the real deal.

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. Recording 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."

Before he became a full time musician, Jetton was a local household name as the weekend news anchor and meteorologist for Paducah, Kentucky's WPSD-TV. While working at the news station, Jetton formed his blues band, 61 South. 61 South featured, among others, Colonel J.D. Wilkes of Th' Legendary Shack Shakers and The Dirt Daubers. Lew Jetton & 61 South have shared billings with Luther Allison, Mike Zito, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Chuck Berry, and Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials.

Join Tracy Ross on Friday, July 19th at 12 noon for an intimate, unplugged performance by Lew Jetton. Listen on-air, on the WKMS website, or on the WKMS Facebook page. Live Lunch is made possible by Murray State Digital Media Services, Just Hamburgers in Paducah, KY, and listeners like you. 

For more information on Lew Jetton & 61 South, visit their website

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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