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Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

25. Oktober 2021 @ 19:30 22:00

JEFFREY HALFORD AND THE HEALERS (USA)

Americana, roots with a bluesy twist.

Some people call this music Americana, we call it rock ‘n’ roll country soul with a different shade of blue. Halford is one of California’s finest songwriters. Born in Dallas, he migrated to Los Angeles (in the late 60s and 70s) and then stewed in the blues and rock ‘n’ roll in Oakland and San Francisco. Jeffrey Halford and The Healers have played live relentlessly, sharing stages with Etta JamesTaj MahalJimmy CliffLos LobosGuy ClarkJohn Hammond, and Gregg Allman, just to name a few.

Perfect rhymes that paint vivid word pictures over an electrifying musical soundscape.”

LAMusicCritic.com

Los Angeles Weekly called Halford “one of the best voices in Americana today.” And Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones recently heard Jeffrey Halford & the Healers and said, “I really like the way these guys groove.”

Some great artists have joined Halford on these tracks, including Augie Meyers (Bob Dylan, Texas Tornadoes), The Gospel Hummingbirds (Oakland, California), Chuck Prophet (Green on Red), and Myron Dove (Santana), just to name a few. If you write good songs, great musicians will come.

The songs are authentic American rock ‘n’ roll, hard-driving at times but then the channel changes to some beautiful ballad tracks that will leave you floating on the Sea of Cortez In Mexico.

The band’s sense of reckless abandon has always been there. It is what has kept people coming back to their live performances and buying their finely crafted records over the years. This recording showcases tracks compiled from eight different releases and their evolution as a band. It’s no surprise that their music has traveled across the pond and that they’ve been touring the EU with their live show for the last five years.

In 2019 Rolling Stone magazine hailed Halford’s songwriting as “stellar impressionistic storytelling that leaves you wanting more.” Nashville Scene called Halford “one of the best slide players on the planet.” Let’s just say he’s tasty. Travel from the badlands to the bayou, then to the bohemian bar rooms where Kerouac found himself. Or the fields in the high plains where the Sioux Indian rainmakers danced. Check out and listen to 20 tracks. 20 years. Beware of Worthless Imitations Vol. 1 1999-2019.

“Atmospheric, funky, rustic, and raw this is narrative Americana at its finest; poetic story songs delivered with the voice of authenticity, sitting atop a moody bed of dirty slide guitars, organic drums, and swampy bass. Subtle touches of violin, piano, and lap steel adorn a song cycle that chronicles the westbound adventures of two mythic brothers in an equally mythic America.”

Jeffrey with co-writer Don Zimmer and Adam Rossi {band member, co-producer} created something so many strive for, and yet too few achieve a genuine Americana concept album that is simultaneously devoid of pretension, and richly authentic. If Cormac McCarthy played guitar, he’d have a regular slot at The Sad Cafe, and folks would come from miles around to hear him sing “The Ballad of Ambrose and Cyrus,”

Along with The Healers, who are Adam Rossi (co-produced, a modern-day David Copperfield) and Bill MacBeath (Alvin Youngblood Hart) Guests stars Mark Karan (Bob Weir) and Tom Heyman (Alejandro Escovedo, Chuck Prophet) brought some serious mojo to the record.

Here are some press quotes about West Towards South

The playing is tasty, arrangements on point. Halford’s ability to weave in canonical references is impressive. Dylan allusions, but more impressionistic. Pour yourself another round.”

RollingStone.com

“They have a unique style of Americana that sits above the rest of their peers.”

IndiePulse.com

“The one thing that grabbed me was the authenticity this album brings. It will leave any listener wanting more.”

MiddleTennesseeMusic.com

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