Jeff Fetterman – Fri. Sept. 22nd

Jeff Fetterman – Fri. Sept. 22nd

It started as it does for most musicians. When he was just five years old, he saw Jimi Hendrix playing his guitar on TV. “I remember how he looked. He looked so cool and I thought, ‘Wow, I want to be just like that.’

Ironically, however, Jeff Fetterman, known for his incredible blues guitar licks, didn’t want to be a guitarist. He wanted to be a drummer. “I liked the beat of the drums and I felt the groove,” he said. Of course, like most young kids who want a drum set, his parents declined to buy one because the noise would’ve driven them crazy.So with a stifled drum career, he picked up the guitar, something that can be practiced on with little noise if necessary. At twelve, he made the trade of a lifetime. “I used to go digging up old milk bottles and the kid up the road played in a band and I used to go up to his garage and watch them play for hours on end.” So what’s the connection between the milk bottles and the music? Tony Coronati collected bottles and had guitars. “He had a bunch of different guitars and offered to trade me one of his guitars for my entire bottle collection. It didn’t matter how many bottles I had to trade. I would’ve given him a thousand if I had them. I just wanted that guitar.”

Right away, the guitar felt like a natural extension of himself. “I picked up stuff really fast and all I did all day and night was play. I blew off everything else: my homework, my friends that weren’t into the music, everything. It became my whole life from the time I woke up until I went to bed. It was the only thing that mattered to me.” Within a few months, he was playing his first gig. At only thirteen Jeff was playing a jamboree at the Corydon Hotel with his own band, Cypress. “This was the very first gig I ever played and Sam Scott gave me the break I was looking for.” READ MORE



 

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