JEFF FETTERMAN INTERVIEW

 

What was the first tune(s) you learned?


The very first song I ever learned was Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water and only on 1 string. haha. 


When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?


I started dabbling in writing my own music when I was about 14  or 15 years of age. I was in a band about the  age of 17 or 18 years old that did some writing of original music, but I didn't start taking song writing seriously for myself until after I saw the opening concert of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame back in the 90s.. My influences are Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The old Motown and soul singers of the 60s like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Pickett etc.. Bruce Springsteen is my biggest influence as a writer and performer. 


Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's? 


I like so many different musicians that it's hard to say who would be my favorite. I listen to all styles of music from Prince to Kenny G, Led Zeppelin, all the blues greats like BB King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker etc.. My CD collection extends from Prince to David Sanborn to Gary Moore to Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clark, Lee Ritenour and more. 


Do you get nervous before a performance ?


I Always get nervous and worked up. I always worry if I can deliver my best performance for my audience as I want them to experience a great show and at the end of the night leave being happy.

 

How do you promote your shows?


Any way I possibly can. Through my website www.jefffetterman.com, through social media, through fans, any way to get the promotion out there I try to do it.


What's your outlook on the record industry today?

 

I feel that with a lot of hard work bands can self promote and do a lot of things that labels could only do 15 years ago, but now it's easier for bands to release their own albums and set up their own tours but I still feel that a band needs the contacts and resources of the industry to get ahead of the game as much as possible. 


What's your claim to fame?


I'm just a hard working musician who's trying to spread my music to as many people as possible and consider myself a blue collar blues man who wants to make you feel as good listening to me play as I do playing for you. 


What inspires you to do what you do?


I feel the music, I love it, I live it, I can't be with out it. I love how it makes me feel. It feels good and it is who I am. 


What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?


I don't think I would have any embarrassing songs on my list.  My mind is extremely open on who I listen to. If you were to see what's on my music list you would think that I wouldn't like songs from Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, but I do. I listen to a lot of pop styled songs  for being a blues musician. 


If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?


Trying to sing. haha. I can't imagine wanting to do anything else to be honest. Music has been my main true love since I was a child. 

 

Is there something you would like to do more of in the future? 

 

Yes, I would like to tour more and be on the road more.

 

Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?


Hopefully still alive and healthy and still playing music for an audience.




Jeff Fetterman - Bottle Full of Blues 

 

Bottle Full of Blues is het tweede album van gitarist, zanger en liedjesschrijver , Jeff Fetterman. De bluesman uit Pennsylvania

heeft de afgelopen jaren zijn fanbase flink vergroot. Met het recept van blues, rock en funk werd dit album geschreven en gemaakt.  Het album laat onmiskenbaar de groei van Jeff Fetterman als artiest zien. Op dit sterke album staan 11 nummers, waarvan een aantal echte prijsnummers.

Jeff is echt een uitstekend gitarist en dito zanger.

Wat te denken van de opener ' Paradise'  we horen stevige gitaarsolo's met een funky twist. Op het nummer ' Southbound' is er naast gitaar ook ruimte voor de piano. Het nummer ' Funky Candy ' maakt de titel van het nummer volledig waar.

Maar mijn absolute voorkeur gaat uit naar  het nummer 'Wash My Blues Away'. Een met soul en blues overgoten gospelsong.

Wat mij betreft blijven we nog lang schenken uit de fles met blues van Jeff Fetterman.