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Letters from Jett to perform at Ragged Ass Saloon

January 24, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

This Saturday, Jan. 26, Letters from Jett, a nationally recognized southern rock band, will perform at Ragged Ass Saloon from 2-5 p.m.

The band is composed of four members, each with a long musical career: Heath Molton (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Gunnar Molton (drummer), Lucas Peterson (bassist) and Trace Foster (lead guitar and keyboards).

Heath Molton began his career in music as a drummer playing in Nashville. After a few moves, he decided to step up to the microphone and lead his own band. He recruited his 14-year-old brother, Gunnar, as his drummer. Other band members joined the brothers and Heath felt it was time to go on the road. Unfortunately Gunnar was still in school and under age to play at bars and clubs.

Heath and the band hit the road but things weren't going well.

"I just felt something was missing" Molton said. "We would replace band members left and right, and I never felt the connection with anyone like I did when Gunnar was in the band."

The two brothers once again teamed up in 2014. Gunnar remembered a bassist he had played with, Luke Peterson. At the time, Peterson was playing in a Jimmy Buffet cover band and making good money but he wasn't satisfied musically. Peterson joined the band as bass guitarist. Gunnar also knew a lead guitarist named Trace Foster, who had worked with Aerosmith and AC/DC. Foster produced a few songs for the band and decided to join.

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In July 2018 the band released its debut album, "Heartbreaks and Hang-overs." The album features songs of a southern rock/country sound. The band plans on spending all of 2019 on the road promoting the CD.

Foster also produced the album.

"The more I listened to the album, the more I couldn't find anything wrong with it," Foster said. "This is the first album I have ever produced where I just threw my hands in the air and said, 'Guys, this is perfect. We're done.'

Also performing at Ragged Ass Saloon on Friday, Jan. 25, 5-8 p.m., is The Conklin Ceili Band.

The Conklin Ceili (pronounced kay-lee) Band has become one of the upper Midwest's favorite Irish bands. The group defines itself as an Irish American Folk band playing the music its immigrant ancestors brought to this land.

The Ragged Ass Saloon is at 3421 Stringfellow Rd, St James City.



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