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JET W. LEE is a Chicago rock band based around the songs of singer/guitarist Jesse W. Johnson. The JWL style is a mix of modern and classic rock (think Neil Young crossed with White Stripes) with some folk and country influence. The band was born in 2009 when Jesse hooked up with drummer Patrick Mangan at the University of Illinois and the two of them recorded the debut album WHO SHALL REMAIN SHAMELESS (2010). Johnson then released the more acoustic record HOME TO ROAST later that year. On both albums Johnson’s songs showcase stark lyrics that often tell haunting stories of the darker side of life amidst upbeat tempos. The band tours both as a three-piece (with bassist Pierre Achille) and as Johnson solo. Currently JWL is working on a follow-up record called WESTERN NIGHTMARE to be released in Aug. 2012.

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