LEW JETTON INTERVIEW
How do you describe your music to people?
The number one way to describe my music, is from the heart. All of my CDs represent different periods of my life, and the original songs on the CDs are drawn from my life. Some are more lighthearted, and some are not. On my latest CD, Palestine Blues, the songs are drawn from a very difficult and dark ten-year period in my life.
Which song of your album are you most proud of, and why?
I am proud of all of them, however "Don't Need No Devil", I am very proud of because it is a reminder to all of us that we can put ourselves in our own personal hell of darkness and depression, which can be difficult to break out of.
When Are You Completely Satisfied With Your Work?
I almost never am, however on this project, I am more satisfied than I have been on any other album I have done. Perhaps that is because I expressed my emotions so completely and honestly. It was very therapeutic. Also, all of the songs on this album are mine, and I played all of the guitar parts on this project, so I got it as close as possible to exactly how I wanted it.
What is in your opinion the best song you ever written? and why?
That is hard for me to say, although collectively, I think the songs on this new album, Palestine Blues, are the strongest set of songs I have ever written. These songs deal with so many problems that so many of us have these days, and also so many of the feelings that so many of us have these days!
Did You ever censored yourself in a song ?
No. I pretty much laid it on out there.
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Probably rockabilly. I was an acquaintance of Carl Perkins when I used to live in Jackson, Tennessee, and love the music. Whenever I was around Carl, I was constantly picking his brain about playing rockabilly in the 50s, etc.
What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?
I tried to find the best in whichever genre of music I am listening to! There is usually something valuable in every type of music there is.
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
Businesswise, things are changing very rapidly, and it's up to us as artists to adapt our business models. It is very tough nowadays for any full-time working musicians, however we cannot turn back the clock. It is a business, and the performers who are not good business people, will be at an extreme disadvantage.
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
I don't know if there are any embarrassing songs, however there might be some you might think are unusual for someone like me! I love ABBA, so you will find Dancing Queen and more. For some reason I have always loved the Raspberries' Go All The Way, and what's weird about that, is that now, a girl I used to work with is married to Eric Carmen! I love Steve Winwood, and what do you know, a girl who went to high school with me, is now married to him! Go figure! Her dad was my family doctor and delivered me!
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
I just want to keep playing guitar and writing songs. That's it!
If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?
I always wanted to do a show with Carl Perkins, and never got the chance. Also, Chicago blues great Snooky Pryor and I always wanted to do a show or record together, and never got the chance because of scheduling conflicts and his health. I regret that so much, because I loved Snooky so much and revered him so much