Silk City Recording Artist Son Lewis has been an active figure on the NJ Blues scene since the early 1970's. He has worked in performance with Alan Camlet on Drums and Rich Downes on Bass and Vocals for nearly 20 years and has their music featured on TV in NCIS and in independent films, as well as world-wide Blues Radio and Podcasts... These guys are faithful and loving interpreter of classic Blues and traditional Americana music in live performance, TV, radio, and on recordings.

Deep Water
Chicago Blues Slide Guitar Shuffle



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Old Blues Song
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Self Made Man
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For Skyler
Airy, acoustic, easy listening ambient jazz instrumental with acoustic guitar and strings



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Lonesome Whistle
Quick Swing Tune, Memphis Style



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Cadillac Rhythm
Detroit Blues Shuffle/Stones Style



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As a solo artist, performing the traditional country Blues Son has become known as a faithful, and loving interpreter of this nearly lost musical art form. He has put out six of his own solo recordings on Silk City Records and appeared on five more CD compilations.

MAIN GUITAR: 1994 Gibson J-30 “Gospel” Re-issue with a passive Martin Thin-line Pickup. It has mahogany back, sides and neck with rosewood fingerboard and aged cream pinstripe binding the body. “This is a big booming dreadnought that delivers bass and growl that are perfect for solo acoustic Blues finger-picking or flat-picking. Whether it’s country blues or something that needs a more “sophisticated” chord structure, this guitar delivers the versatility I need”.

SECONDARY GUITARS: 1994 Dobro DM-93 Duolian with high chrome finish over bell-brass. This model bears unusual etching of palm trees on that back and has a 14-fret neck. “Don Lace recommended his Macintyre pickup to me and I had it installed, although I hated having to drill the body out for a jack-plug. The pickup is incredibly hot (loud) but extremely “acoustic” in its tonal quality.” 2002 Epiphone AJ-18 S-12 12-string with a mahogany body, spruce top and rosewood fingerboard. “I use this mostly for recording, but if I have to take it out I bring an old Bill Lawrence sound hole pickup that works well. I picked it up at a store that was closing out its acoustic line and just fell in love with it. Like all 12-strings, tuning and intonation is a challenge, but it has that old sparkle that Blind Willie McTell and Barbecue Bob had on their recordings”. For electric gigs, Son uses a 1996 Fender Stratocaster with modified (Hot Rail) bridge pickup and a 1971 Fender Telecaster modified with a Gibson Firebird bridge pickup.

AMPLIFICATION: Gibson: Fishman Transducer. Dobro and Epiphone go directly to the PA. Lewis prefers going through Shure 57’s for all the guitars, but more and more gigs are requiring he use his internal pickups. When supplying his own PA: Yorkville MPx- 8 300 watt head through two B-12 Club speaker enclosures. “They are big and not easy to lug in and out but the ¾” plywood enclosures and the big speakers give me the projection and low-end response I need to play solo blues.” Lewis uses a Fender Blues Deluxe amplifier for the electric guitars.

STRINGS AND THINGS: Martin Extra-Light Phosphor Bronze on the Gibson and Epiphone and Martin Medium Phosphor Bronze on the Dobro. Brass slides by Dunlop. Plastic National Thumbpick with steel Dunlop (.015) finger-picks on the index and middle fingers. Heavy gauge Martin flat picks (courtesy of Dick Boak at Martin). For the electric guitars Son prefers Darco Light (.010 E) strings.
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