Jeffrey Halford And The Healers review….July 6, 2017….

JEFFREY HALFORD AND THE HEALERS

LO-FI DREAMS

FLOATING RECORDS

TWO JACKSONS–ELVIS SHOT THE TELEVISION–DOOR NUMBER 3–GOOD TROUBLE–1000 MILES–LAST KISS–BIRD OF YOUTH–SWEET ANNETTE–LOOKING FOR A HOME–GREAT DIVIDE

Jeffrey Halford is a carpenter and architect by trade, but found his calling as a performer and songwriter by playing guitar on the streets of San Francisco, around the corner  from his architectural school.  His talents have led him to stages everywhere, and he has shared them with the likes of Guy Clark, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, and many others.

Jeffrey’s eighth overall CD has just been released, and is entitled “Lo-Fi Dreams.”  On this set, he has emphasized the grooves and predominantly stripped-down arrangements, and the stories-in-songs he has created.  The songs reach out to one’s very core, as his characters are the denizens of  B-movies from our youth, converted AirStream trailers into diners somewhere out on a forgotten stretch of Route 66, and, we are even treated to a visit from the King himself!  The “lo-fi” element is ever-present, as Jeffrey uses vintage Sears Silvertone, Danelectro, and Harmony guitars and tube amps, as well as his trusty National Resophonic.  Along with Jeffrey are The Healers–Adam Rossi on drums, keys, and backing vocals, Bill MacBeth on electric and doghouse bass, and special guests Tom Heyman on pedal steel, and Jimmy Dewrance on harp.

Leading off, “Two Jacksons” deals with finding love in unusual places–this time, in a clothing store after buying a jacket that makes him look like James Dean!  A cool tremolo effect plays over Jeffrey’s reminiscings of “Last Kiss,” and the set closes on a rather somber note, as a love affair that crashes and burns finds our hero staring dead into the “Great Divide.”

We had two favorites, too.  A freight-train groove rides the story of fighting the good fight for the oppressed, “Good Trouble.”  It is dedicated to the tireless efforts on the civil rights front of Rep. John Lewis, (D-GA, Fifth District), who marched alongside Dr. King during the struggles in the Sixties.  And, Jeffrey’s hell-hound slide along with Adam’s piano puts an eerie glow to a tune about The King and his endless array of quirks.  This time, while humming “Dust My Broom,” he goes into his motel room and then “Elvis Shot The Television—he shot the RCA!”

As one can surmise after listening to Jeffrey Halford And The Healers and “Lo-Fi Dreams,” his characters may be flawed, sometimes torn and frayed,  and maybe in need of repair, but they all seem to live to fight another day!  This is good stuff, indeed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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