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Jeffrey Halford, a singer/songwriter

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Jeffrey Halford, a singer/songwriter and guitarist, was born in Dallas, Texas, growing up listening to Roger Miller on a $2 transistor radio. In 1963, his parents, Colin and Effie Lou, headed west with their two young sons to a Los Angeles beach town in their ’59 El Dorado.

“Harvesters raked the barren fields, and the windswept towns just can’t conceal the emptiness of a time that’s come and gone.”
“Black Gold,” Hunkpapa

By the time Halford turned 18, he and his family had criss-crossed California multiple times. Led by his father Colin, who sought a better job and better life, the family lived in many different parts of the state. Though Halford’s environment continually changed around him, there was one thing that remained the same: surfing. “Shooting the Tube” remained the only thing that kept him sane at the time, serving as an escape from his real world issues. Halford’s parents had their low points, including battling the bottle, house evictions, car crashes, and times where Ray Charles would describe the condition as “Busted.” Surrounded by the best of AM radio, Halford listened to some of LA’s best music, with Wolfman Jack spinning everything from Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye to Howlin’ Wolf and The Doors. Halford soaked up the best of American music and poetry.

“Dreaming ‘bout the ocean, deep blue sea, boats won’t go out, small craft advisory.”
“Small Craft Advisory,” Hunkpapa

Due to trouble at home and some minor clashes with the law, Halford had the worst attendance record in his high school graduating class, according to his principal. However, next came a sunburnt, resonant nylon string guitar from his father, and things started to turn for the better.

“He strung his line and then he watched it sail, and hoped that all good things would prevail.”
“Cry of Hope,” Rainmaker

After high school, Halford enrolled in architecture school in San Francisco. Throughout the streets of the city, he fed off of the talent and spirit of the street musicians. He was inspired, and joined San Francisco street legends Harry Spider and Jimmy Ventilator, playing at the corner of Market and Powell. For over a year, Halford cut his guitar chops on the street, playing to crowds in Chinatown and Union Square until the police closed him down. His street gigs led him to play with Oakland blues greats Sonny Lane, Mississippi Johnny Waters, and JJ Malone. Halford later formed the popular rockabilly band, The Snappers, playing around the Bay Area for over four years with artists such as the Blasters and the Beat Farmers.

“Meanwhile, down at The Clayton, they were falling deep into the red. Harry said it felt so good living right on the edge.”
“North Beach,” Rainmaker

Over the last 25 years, Halford has been touring the country with his band, the Healers. They have played shows with some of music’s most acclaimed artists and songwriters, as well as Halford’s influences, such as Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, George Thorogood, Gregg Allman, Etta James, John Hammond, and Texas Greats Augie Meyers, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen. His newest CD, Rainmaker, is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed record Broken Chord and is currently at #12 on the Euro-Americana Charts* and climbing. His original roots rock and roll songs etch a uniquely American landscape.

JEFFREY HALFORD’S Lo-Fi dreams CD Brings Good Ol’ Country, Soul And Rock & Roll To Life With Vintage Amps, Instruments And Halford’s Finely-Crafted Songwriting

The 10-track collection, recorded in San Francisco and released on Floating Records, offers listeners a stripped-down journey of tube amplifiers pushing the speakers to obliteration. Adam Rossi and Jeffrey co-produced, using vintage equipment and Sears Silvertone, Danelectro and Harmony brand guitars from the 1950s and ’60s to create a warm, fuzzy sound.  Halford composed all the songs, and reigns supreme on his National Resophonic guitar.
That signature sound is featured throughout.  “Elvis Shot The Television” rips and tears its way through the last bloated, storied Las Vegas days of the King, while “Door # 3”shimmers and shines with “surfer” guitar while imagining love American-style as a game show. “Good Trouble” was inspired by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis.  The revivalist feel is compelling and the message is as timely today as it has ever been.  A picker’s journey home, “10,000 Miles” relates the desire for the road and a lover left behind as it pulls the track relentlessly forward.  The disc closes with “Great Divide,” a story of a couple’s breakup put forth as a metaphor for America’s current political partisanship.
No Depression compares Jeffrey to “Tom Petty singing vocals for the Eagles as BB King plays dirty Blues.”  On Lo-Fi dreams, Halford has created a world within a world, sketching a unique American landscape where the California surf slams into the mud of the Mississippi Delta.  “Jeffrey Halford should definitely be on your list of favorite artists and this one deserves a preferred spot on your playlist,” notes Indie Voice Blog.
Track List
Two Jacksons
Elvis Shot The Television
Door # 3
Good Trouble
10,000 Miles
Last Kiss
Bird Of Youth
Sweet Annette
Looking For Home
Great Divide

Website Jeffreyhalford.com

Media Contact:
Martha Moore / martha@somuchmoore.com
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