Apr 18, 2015
After so many years of being unclassifiable, Garland is being honored for performing in the blues genre along with many other fine artists. Tickets here.
Apr 16, 2015
Apr 6, 2015
From our visit last year to Halifax Urban Folk Festival, an on the fly take of Lou Reed's Waiting for My Man recorded at New Scotland Yard Studio. Thanks to Mat at BADFUNmedia (vid) Mike Campbell (fest) Stuart Cameron (guitar) Leith Fleming-Smith (keyboard).
Mar 28, 2015
TRUTH SERUM NOMINATED FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD IN BEST ROCK ALBUM CATEGORY.
Mar 26, 2015
Garland Jeffreys and his band perform his classic 'Ghost Writer' album in its entirety at Highline Ballroom in NYC on Saturday, May 30th. Tickets available at TicketWeb.
Some records and some artists just get better with time. This special show will feature Garland Jeffreys, his band and special guests (TBA) performing “Ghost Writer” in its entirety, bringing his most acclaimed and fan favorite album to vibrant life.
“On Ghost Writer, Jeffreys spins ten vivid tales of life on the New York streets, ranging from the cool literary philosophizing of the title cut to the teenage rage of ‘Wild in the Streets,’ encompassing the slinky reggae of ‘I May Not Be Your Kind,’ the sinewy Latin grooves of ‘Spanish Town,’ the cocky rock & roll of ‘Rough & Ready,’ the graceful sweet soul of ‘New York Skyline,’ and the edgy, urgent menace of ‘Lift Me Up.’ What holds it all together is Jeffreys' songwriting, keenly intelligent without seeming academic and reveling in the power of the word.” (Mark Deming, All Music Guide).
Released in 1977 and leading to Jeffreys being named Best New Artist by Rolling Stone, the record embraced the stylistic eclecticism that would become one of the hallmarks of his work, while “the racial paradox is dramatized audaciously, the dreams of showbiz glory rendered with an uncommon knowing subtlety, the reggae natural-born, the voice fuller and more passionate...” (Robert Christgau). Produced by the legendary Roy Cicala (John Lennon, Van Morrison, Lou Reed) Ghost Writer boasted an all-star lineup of musicians, including Dr. John, The Brecker Brothers, Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd, Hugh McCracken and David Spinozza. Another notable contributor was Leon Pendarvis, a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1980. Even the cover of Ghost Writer has stood the test of time, shot by Duane Michals, one of the most influential photographers of our era.
Anyone who’s seen Jeffreys live in the last few years supporting his two latest and stellar albums — “The King of In Between” 2011 and “Truth Serum” 2013 — and touring around the globe like a hungry young artist half his age would agree that “Jeffreys is one of the few performers who came of commercial age in the era of Bruce Springsteen who can still make that guitar-based, myth-making impulse work as intimate art.” (Ken Tucker, NPR).
Mar 20, 2015
Recently uncovered clip from our show at St Pancras Old Church in February 2014.
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 2, 2015
Last time we were in Asbury Park it was for Light of Day Foundation benefit, another amazing night with so many fine artists for a profound cause. A few sandy steps away is McLoone's Supper Club, a repurposed Howard Johnson's with impeccable sound, tremendous sightlines, remarkable food and a fantastic rocking vibe. Last time were were there we had a great crowd and a regular lovefest with the music fans we've come to love over many years of playing down there. With an opening set by the killer Joe D'Urso & The Stone Caravan, it's going to be Coney Island meets Asbury Park on the ocean's edge. Come on out and rock away the end of winter with us. Special meet and greet available before the show with signed poster. Tickets here.
Feb 7, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
Love performing this song more each time. It's a tribute to Lou Reed but also a great song to work out on!
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 6, 2015
MYSTERY KIDS with THE CONEY ISLAND PLAYBOYS: Mark Bosch (guitar), Tom Curiano (drums), Charly Roth (keys) and Brian Stanley (bass). Helluva band and great guys to work with.
It's been an amazing year, from New York to Alaska, from Japan to Australia and everywhere in between. Home taking stock, thinking about the new record and continuing to plot the "Rest Of My Life Tour."
Dec 16, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
7. Garland Jeffreys - "Wild in the Streets" Garland Jeffreys recorded "Wild in the Streets" with swamp-boogie grand wizard Dr. John, but its hot-summer-asphalt beat and back-alley-hiss chorus are NYC through and through — just like Jeffreys himself. Born in Brooklyn in the 1940s, half black and half Puerto Rican, he went to college with Lou Reed and was an early protégé of John Cale. His rock-, soul-, and reggae-inflected albums brought him a measure of acclaim in the late 1970s, but even back then Jeffreys was an underrated and underappreciated homegrown virtuoso. Though it was cut in 1973, "Wild in the Streets" didn't make it onto an album for another four years. That's fine in retrospect, because as a slice of New York life it has proven timeless. Look at it this way: If you go into a jukebox bar in this town and Garland Jeffreys ain't on the jukebox, turn around. You're in the wrong bar.
Nov 3, 2014
New tees are in the house, available for sale at all shows and soon on the shop!