REVIEW: Billy Jeter — “Sins of Me” (Single)
Billy Jeter makes peace with “Sins Of Me” in what is a less than peaceful era, but perhaps he did not see what 2020 had in store, it just comes down at the right time to take a moment to reflect on our sins and Jeter offers up some healing with his heartfelt message of forgiveness. The Arkansas native also has some history and pedigree to go with his well weathered career that takes him wherever he and his band goes, and that is far and wide across the country.
The Country music scene is not what it used to be, but Jeter keeps the tradition without boring with the static norms that come with it, especially in mainstream circles where more famous songwriter’s dwell. Jeter combines Rock and Folk with Blues and even some Bluegrass appeal that puts him outside the trappings of one genre and could place him in his own branded style. “Sins Of Me” has a crossover quality that even younger music fans can appreciate, with a nod to Blues fans because of the way Jeter plays his guitar with a slide which the solo pulls out all stops to demonstrate.
I was also not surprised to find the influence of Blues legend Bill Broozy, but I was surprised to find out that he worked with the Jeter family and that is an amazing twist to the Jeter heritage which is full of other artists, painters and Folk songwriter’s. It just goes to show if you seek you will find things that only help entice about an artists’ past to help bring them to you in the future, and that is where journalism gets the most mileage. “Sins Of Me” just so happens to not contain anything to critically dog about it, accident or not.
The lyrics are precise and to the point but they are also imaginative enough for anyone to relate themselves too, as they never get personal but they do obviously come from the soul of the writer, any warts to be heard and all, depending on your preference. I like rough edges and “Sins Of Me” has enough to keep me interested in the words and not just the music, but the track is overall musically superior to my taste. If I were more into Country Pop, I am sure I would demand another set of principles, but “Sins Of Me” is old school enough to impress.
In closing, “Sins Of Me” does the business where others seems to fail immensely trying to over-so a simple concept of putting what are usually regrets on the table for all to see, but Jeter makes it known in the lyrics that our sins won’t change anything but we will always learn from them, which is the message I get from this gifted artist with a song that reveals nothing graphic but depicts a strong sense of past, present and future advisory. Jeter works his magic on all levels here, with real wisdom to back it.