SINGLE REVIEW: Sins Of Me by Billy Jeter

Billy Jeter is known to many in the Ozark’s though family heritage that goes way back to the Delta times of Big Bill Broonzy, and it shows on the single “Sins Of Me.” This is an artist with a lot of pedigree and the song indicates that and so much more about the life and times of a touring performer.  The track has a soothing and healing message to go with its blues-based instrumental work that comes out leaning mostly on folk lyrics.  The song has a true holiness about it with words bordering on the gospel from an area known for it.


The background of Billy Jeter is a story in of itself, but it also comes out in his music and “Sins Of Me” is no exception to that rule.  The flavors weaved through this song include everything from classic country to pop, which can be very-difficult to pull off.  “Sins Of Me” also crosses over into adult contemporary, at least in the country radio sensibilities of the last 15-20 years and that is another great feat.  It plays to a wide audience for a traditional folk song, but that could also be why because it is all but missing these days.

If you like blues guitar with banjo and folk lyrics with meaning, “Sins Of Me” does the business for anyone looking for memorable melodies and cool playing.  What it might lack in the vocal department for some, it completely makes for it musically for others and the rest make out.  But that is just one opinion about one song by an artist with many, it’s not going to make or break anything.  A good songwriter is a good songwriter and Jeter fits the bill with any around in the current musical landscape, especially of the current Delta area blues scene.

“Sins Of Me” embodies what has always been elusive about a great song, which is the element of surprise and magical chemistry a big hit can either have and make it last or not.  The best songs really do not follow any formula other than sounding like they’re having a good time recording and playing it.  You can hear that enjoyment in the words of Jeter, and it is a testament to his longevity and relevance to his fan base.  What more can anyone ask for than these blessings besides a good following to present it to.


The best thing about “Sins Of Me” for my ears is in the whole package from top to bottom, rather than one touch or another it might have to a more picky fan of its combined genres.  I hear it as a song that speaks to all cultures and various music lover’s alike, and for that it cannot be flawed.  “Sins Of Me” is a great introduction to Billy Jeter as well, and I look forward to more where this song is coming from, which did not just come out of the shadows, it has actually been there for decades.

by Bethany Page

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