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Jeffrey Halford and The Healers Take The Lobero in Santa Barbara

Returning from his recent European Tour, Jeffrey Halford brings his Americana-Roots Style of Music to town, touring to support his album Lo-Fi Dreams.

By Joseph Timmons

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Jeffrey Halford and the Healers bring their “Roots That Rock” to The Lobero Theatre, in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday, November 18th, as part of the Theatre’s “Sings Like Hell” Concert Series. The Lobero Theater, located at 33 E. Canon Perdido St, will be the Place to see an artist and band that are captivating and the talk of the international and U.S music scene. Performance show time is at 8:00pm, Tickets available by calling (805) 963-0761 or you may purchase online from the Lobero Theatre website, http//www.lobero.org.

Jeffrey Halford, Northern California-based troubadour, recently back from a successful European tour, continues receiving stellar reviews and radio airplay on the strength of his recently-released album, Lo-Fi Dreams released on the Floating Records label, the album peaked at #23 on the Americana Music Association chart and garnered great reviews in respected media publications No Depression, The Alternate Root, and Goldmine to name a few. Lo-Fi Dreams reputation is still climbing and to everyone’s delight, the sky is not even the limit.

Jeffrey Halford started playing guitar on the streets of San Francisco and 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.

We had an opportunity to talk with Jeffrey Halford about the upcoming Lobero Performance, his recent tour and what’s next for an artist that sings to the heart that seeks the American experience in daily life.

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Jeffrey, I want to be one of the first to say that I am looking forward to your Lobero Theatre engagement, this town really needs the touch of Jeffrey Halford and the Healers are you and the group excited to perform here in Santa Barbara?

JH:  Santa Barbara Beautiful is truly a beautiful place, we are very much looking forward to performing at The Lobero, and we would love to thank Peggy and the “Sings like Hell” Series for having us.

Jeffrey, The Lobero Performance in Santa Barbara is just after your very successful European tour, I know you are more than excited to play this and the following locations, but tell us about the European tour stops, What were some of the top locations and how was it received?

JH: Europe was great; we played 17 dates all over Holland and Germany.
Amsterdam was very nice; we played at the Paradiso, which is known as a top Venue. We were treated quite well. No limos but we all got Dutch Bikes! When we played, the audience really got inside the songs and listened intently, that’s what I enjoy, an audience that gets it. Most importantly they love Vinyl and their knowledge for American music is stellar. I am on the bluesy swampy, soul country side {they call it rock n roll} or Americana. We went over well and will be going back for a 3rd time in May. I am lucky to be able to play over there, my mind has widened from traveling, it has helped me evolve into a productive citizen who cares for others, Wait, What, did I just say that? Yes it’s true – I still have the slang ridden beach kid in me.

Since you’ve recorder Lo-Fi Dreams with the Floating Records Label, the album itself has seen a huge response and much love from many reviewers, you’ve even run an edition the album on Vinyl, personally, as an Analog purest, Im assuming that the Vinyl edition of the album has the “Old School” feel that is reminiscent of the glory days of recording, will you be looking towards more Vinyl recording versions?

JH: Well, we try getting everything live, minimal overdubs, and it helps that my band mate is a good Producer, Tube amps & vintage equipment. It’s a painstaking process, but this album, Lo-Fi Dreams, the CD was easy, mostly because we had been playing our “fannies off”. For vinyl to be old school you must record all analog, we do half and half, it was more cost efficient. The vinyl sounds good and greasy! If our new friends and fans in Santa Barbara want to, which Im sure they will, get copy at http://www.foatingrecords,com, whereas the editing process for digital is hard to beat for ease, I will have vinyl at the show, Vinyl Rules and will always, in my opinion, be the very best format.

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Not to spoil the surprise, but what can we look forward to at the upcoming Lobero Performance, Im sure the best cuts from Lo-Fi Dreams, which I think would be the whole album, but will you be performing from your standards or will we hear some new material as well?

JH: Well, let’s just say there will be new songs, that’s what we are about and with some great musicians, anything goes.

What would you like the readers to know about what to expect on Saturday, November 18th when you take the stage?

JH: I would just like to invite all of Santa Barbara to come on down and see what all the fuss is about, It will be Epic and we promise the night of musical experiences that will make wonderful memories.

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Review of Lo-Fi Dreams:

The work of Jeffery Halford has been long known as “from the hip, straight up, no chaser” in a manner of speaking, no nonsense rock and Blues with a down home feel and honest emotion. Both an Innovator and Traditionalist, Halford has, an always be true to the foundation of the art of using his talent and music as a medium of storytelling.

Lo-Fi Dreams brings back the original “grunge” the tube amp mellow tones and hi end rattle and hum that made the music burn white hot and the heart beat fast is the core of this, 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. This new album, Lo-Fi Dreams is Sweet, simple and the entire Halford magic one could want and handle.

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.

Come to The Lobero Theatre on Saturday, November 18th, show starts at 8:00pm and will last a lifetime.

 

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About Joseph Timmons (6897 Articles)
I am the Father of 5 and a "Would Be Philosopher of Idiocy" - Author and Writer for several Blogs and Online Magazine. Review Journalist, Musician and Audio Buff. Follow Me and I'm Sure to Entertain.

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