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“Sins Of Me” by Billy Jeter

“Sins Of Me” by Billy Jeter is a captivating blues-folk single from the forthcoming album Shineye Landing, and it leans more country-blues with the banjo and slide guitar featured to a great effect.  The Ozark-based artist tells it like it is from his soul, as he usually does, but this puts his heart even further out on his sleeve with a sorrowful but tough tale about his own particular sins.  The song never loses any steam as the perspective also increases in the lyrics before the said guitar and banjo top it off with perfection and grace if that is an opening line worth reading.

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Jeter was definitely an enigma to me until I spent some time listening to him, because it is very-challenging to write at length about one song unless you have more to say about the author.  You can only say so much about one song, so the subject of the artist also has-to carry some interest or there’s nothing much to say but you like it or you don’t.  Jeter takes his time to write a good song, so it’s worth noting that he’s not a one song wonder and he also has pedigree from one end of Delta to the other.

The beginning of “Sins Of Me” starts off with Jeter playing some intricate banjo with a slide guitar over it before his vocals take over and the story develops.  The whole thing is about what he does, and it lays out his thought process with examples of the various sins it involves and the fact that it can’t change who he is and where he’s going.  Jeter is very forthright in his words about his sins, but he does not get graphic about it, as he is shooting from the deep south.  Nothing heavy handed, just good ol’ southern music with a repenting spirit.

The lyrics get into everything from rolling down the A-1A to dreaming of where it takes him on the musical highway and why it will never change the destiny.  It is a song about the journey, in an industry that is unrelenting enough to remind you that you are only as good as your last record and show.  Jeter plays a lot of shows, but as the fall of 2020 comes down it’s hard guessing where that is going, but Jeter is well traveled and “Sins Of Me” is a song that should last into the post Covid era and beyond.

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The road it long and Jeter knows where it winds, so “Sins Of Me” is a good lead single into Shineye Landing, and it makes me look forward to that release for more where it comes from.  This being my introduction to Jeter, I am impressed after only hearing the track just a few times and then digging into some more of his music.  “Sins Of Me” features Billy Jeter singing all about it like the journeyman he is.  This is a positive track of the autobiographical sort worth hearing in a time of uncertainty.

Mindy McCall

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