Sunday, June 11 – Showtime: 6pm to 8pm – $10 Suggested Donation
Acclaimed Roots/Americana artist Jeffrey Halfordcelebrates the release of his new album, lo-fi dreams, with a CD Release Party at Aptos Street BBQ, 8059 Aptos St., Sunday, June 11. Showtime:6pm-8pm. $10. Suggested Donation. Info: (831) 662-1721 orhttp://www.aptosstbbq.com/index.html.
What The Press Is Saying: lo-fi dreams
“On his eighth CD, Lo-Fi Dreams, Jeffrey Halford strips down his sound and lets the magic erupt. The first track, “Two Jacksons,” sets the stage, and every song thereafter continues the story with amazing vocals, lyrics and musicality. We simply cannot say enough about this album, which truly shines. Country has a new King.”
“(Halford) is a songwriter of rare intelligence and a documentary maker – in music – unsurpassed today. ‘Bird of Youth’ sees him playing some fine and dirty guitar – a guaranteed live monster if ever there was one. All told, a very fine album and well worth the ‘hardship’ of searching out all the obsolete kit to make it.”
“Jeffrey Halford steps up to the bar with two things on his mind…..a double shot of something and his need to find some “Good Trouble”. The tune, from his recent release, Lo Fi Dreams, waits on judgment day with plans in place as Jeffrey Halford barrels through the track on a persistent groove.”
About… Jeffrey Halford and lo-fi dreams
Californian Jeffrey Halford is part waterman, carpenter and architect. He started playing guitar on the streets of San Francisco around the corner from his architecture school. He found his calling in songwriting and performing. Born in Texas, he’s shared the stage with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, as well as blues greats Taj Mahal, Etta James, Los Lobos and John Hammond, to name a few. His eighth CD, Lo-Fi Dreams, is a stripped down journey of tube amplifiers pushing the speakers to obliteration. Good ol’ country, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, with a touch of dirty blues. Jeffrey wanted to put more focus than usual on the stripped-down grooves and feels of the songs. This sets up the best backdrop for the lyrics and leaves more empty landscape to run around and play in. Using vintage lo-fi amplifiers and guitars like the Sears Silvertone, Danelectro and Harmony brands from the 1950s and ‘60s, this provides a warm and fuzzy sound that reflects some of the best albums ever made. Of course, Jeffrey also uses his signature National Resophonic guitar.
Halford’s stories and character sketches will take you where you have been before and where you will never go. In an Airstream trailer, converted diner, almost Jim Thompson-esque…Or the torn and frayed character in need of repair, finding a connection with the thrift store girl. He will take you inside a Las Vegas hotel room with the King himself, getting ready to shoot the television.
You won’t want these lo-fi greasy grooves to end, as California surf slams into the Mississippi Delta mud. Recorded in San Francisco, Adam Rossi (co-produced) and Bill Macbeath (Alvin Youngblood Hart, Carlos Guitarlos) hold down the rhythm section. Guests Jimmy Dewrance plays harmonica on two tracks. Tom Heyman (Chuck Prophet, Alejandro Escovedo) plays steel and guitar on two tracks.