Jul 2, 2018

ASCAP Celebrates My 75th!

Thanks @ASCAP for this! 

Happy 75th birthday to Garland Jeffreys - a true original, an absolute treasure of a songwriter, and an ASCAP member for 48 years. May you forever stay wild in the streets...

Younger generations of musicians have heard Jeffreys’ call. He’s been covered by everyone from LA punkers The Circle Jerks (who gave his song “Wild in the Streets” a hardcore makeover, turning it into an unofficial anthem of the skatepunk community) to neo-folk act Vetiver. And he continues to be a staple for TV and commercial placements. As but one example, a recent episode of 13 Reasons Why features both the Circle Jerks cover of “Wild in the Streets” and a raucous reinterpretation by the Peruvian-American psych-punk band Los Huaycos.

Wish Garland “Happy Birthday” in person at one of his upcoming shows in New York:

July 13 - The Iridium, NYC

July 14 - My Father's Place at The Roslyn Hotel, Roslyn, NY

August 3 - Indian Lake Theater, Indian Lake, NY

August 10 - Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY

Read full article here.

May 16, 2018

Yale University Oral Music Archives adds Garland Jeffreys


Extremely honored to have sat for an interview for the Yale Oral History of American Music archives. Since its founding in 1969 at Yale University, Oral History of American Music (OHAM) has been dedicated to the collection and preservation of the voices of the major musical figures of our time. Thanks to Gregg Bendian for asking me and for being such a great interviewer, and for making me a part of a remarkable group including Duke Ellington - Verve RecordsThe Official Sonny Rollins PagePat MethenyPhilip GlassLes PaulCharles Mingus and so many more! Humbling.

Apr 12, 2018

Aquarian Weekly Quotable Quote

"Still rocking at 74 years old, Jeffreys proved to be a first-class yet underrated artist who modestly lives in a legacy that is straining to be revealed to the masses."

Mar 28, 2018

RETURN TO PARADISE(O)

Thrilled to be returning to the Paradiso after such a long time and looking forward to performing with my band to the loyal Dutch fans!

Mar 8, 2018

Europe Blitz!

Feb 12, 2018

45th ANNIVERSARY OF "WILD IN THE STREETS"

In 1973, he released his first solo album, Garland Jeffreys, on Atlantic Records. Around the same time Atlantic also released a single, "Wild in the Streets," that was not included on the album. Jeffreys wrote the song after hearing about a pre-teen rape and murder in the Bronx. Dr. John played clavinet and helped arrange the song, with backing from guitarist David Spinozza, drummer Rick Marotta, the Brecker Brothers on horns and David Peel on background vocals. After the single's rerelease in 1977, the track received airplay on the progressive FM-album oriented rock radio stations, and became one of his best-known songs and something of an unofficial anthem for the skate community after the cover by The Circle Jerks was featured in the 1986 film Thrashin'. It has been covered by several artists, including:

Jan 31, 2018

Return to a beloved venue!

Congrats to Eppy and his partners for getting this venue up and running again, proof that good things do happen with enough perseverance! We'll be there on 7/14!

Jan 11, 2018

Nationwide NPR Broadcast on eTown

Performances and career-spanning interview airing this week through 1/16 on 300+ NPR stations!

Check http://www.etown.org/listen/find-a-station/ to find your local station.

 

Dec 11, 2017

Prices slashed in the shop!

We've taken over fulfillment of our store and have been able to lower the prices! 
Take a look for new music, old music, adorable tees, bundles and more! 
http://garlandjeffreys.com/the-shop
For the fan in you or the fan you know! 
HO HO HO!

Nov 30, 2017

An homage in "The Deuce"

George Pelecanos wrote this scene based on the 70s days when I used to perform with blackface masks. From The Deuce season finale, with Alec Gaston playing me performing 96 Tears at the bar:

Vincent: “Why does the singer got all that shit on his face? I thought that went out with Al Jolson.”
Abby: “He’s part black.”
Vincent: “Now I’m really confused.”

Rolling Stone said about Abby in this episode - "Meanwhile, she and Paul start hiring live bands for the bar, represented here by Garland Jeffreys' savage cover of Question Mark and the Mysterians' 96 Tears in full face paint. (Eat your heart out, Vinyl.)"

And in UPROXX: What’s the significance of the band doing the “96 Tears” cover at the bar in the finale?
Pelecanos: It’s Garland Jeffreys. He was covering that song in the early 70s, and he’d sometimes performed it in blackface, though he’s half-black himself. When punk started in the ’70s, they were covering a lot of garage band songs in the ’60s that were punk before punk, and that was one of them. What we’re doing there is saying, “There’s something happening here, but it hasn’t been identified.”

Oct 23, 2017

Hat in the ring for a Grammy

Get out the vote and help me get a Grammy!
Deadline to get on the ballot for a nomination is 10/29.
A guy like me who's been at this for almost 50 years naturally would like more recognition for my work.
If you or anyone you know is a Grammy voter please share this post and help 14 Steps To Harlem get recognized. The Americana category is the best fit for my eclectic style. Competition is tough.
Players and studios: Brooklyn Recording, His House-Innsbruck studio​, East Side Recording​, James Maddock​, Tom Curiano​, Brian Stanley​, Charles Roth​, Mark Bosch​, Brian Mitchell​, Steve Goulding​, Alan Freedman​, Zev Katz​, Ben Stivers​,@Aaron Aaron Comess​, Savannah Jeffreys​, Cindy Mizelle​, Laurie Anderson​, Marc Urselli​, Greg Calbi​, Sterling Sound​, Jimmy Harry​. Thanks to everyone for an album I'm very proud of.

Oct 18, 2017

Schoolyard Blues Video Premiere

When I wrote "Schoolyard Blues" I had no idea that one day there would be a real live "six foot nine boy" in our lives — Joseph Kuo, who Savannah met at Wesleyan. This video was a blast to shoot, and Jesse Moritz did a fantastic job realizing Claire's idea. Some of it might be at my expense, but I dig the spirit and fun of it. Shot at Saint Nicholas Park in Harlem.

Oct 5, 2017

Tokyo at Billboard Live

OCTOBER 11 AT BILLBOARD LIVE IN TOKYO, TWO SHOWS! TICKETS HERE.

Sep 21, 2017

LAID BACK FESTIVAL

This Sunday at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY tickets available here!

Sep 6, 2017

ASAGIRI JAM FESTIVAL AT THE BASE OF MOUNT FUJI OCTOBER 7

WE ARE HONORED TO BE A PART OF THIS FESTIVAL! IT'S GOING TO BE A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!

Aug 31, 2017

Repurposed Merch

Thanks to Irene K, who envisioned this tee shirt as a Greek icon and created this cool denim jacket.

Aug 22, 2017

Oklahoma!

Looking forward to my first trip to Oklahoma for this master class sponsored by University of Central Oklahoma followed by a show. Get tickets here!

Aug 9, 2017

Debut album finally up on digital

From 1973, my solo debut on Atlantic Records!

https://open.spotify.com/album/5Uee24I9UIZ5fP4tRIgGE7

Aug 6, 2017

Ballad version of "Help" from new album

It was 52 years ago TODAY that The Beatles released "Help." Here's a live version of my take on it from my "14 Steps To Harlem" — in the ballad style that John Lennon said he thought it might've been. 

http://apple.co/2vvLWGe

Recorded at Daryl's House Club with Tom Curiano Charles Roth Brian Stanley Nick Biello and Justin Jordan.