JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS

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***News You Can Use About…JEFFREY HALFORD & THE HEALERS***

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AMERICANA TROUBADOUR: Bay Area-based Jeffrey Halford & The Healers have been playing music and entertaining audiences throughout the U.S. for over two decades. Halford (pictured, far l) brings his unique Americana/Roots ‘n’ Blues sounds to The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena (Friday, September 24) and The Grand Annex Theater in San Pedro (Saturday, September 25). For more information on Jeffrey Halford please go to www.myspace.com/jeffreyhalfordandthehealers.

 Selected One Of “Ten Most Influential Artists Of The Decade”                          

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“A masterful album crammed with timeless tales and crackling fireside wisdom…fierce storyteller and skillful painter of sound…album is a vivid world filled with poignant accounts like “Louisiana Man” and “Chicken Bones Jones.”         SONGWRITERS MONTHLY

“BROKEN CHORD does not hit your ears as much as it slinks, shutters, shakes and shimmies across the surface of your mind.”     THE ALTERNATE ROOT 

 
***Friday, September 24 – THE COFFEE GALLERY BACK STAGE in Altadena***

Coffee Gallery Backstage

The Coffee Gallery Backstage is an intimate 49-seat showroom/listening room with a great sound system and killer atmosphere located in the heart of rustically quaint Altadena. It is in this intimate setting that Bay Area-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Halford will perform an acoustic set from his extensive songbook on Friday, September 24. For additional information, please log onto www.coffeegallery.com.

 

Saturday, September 25 – THE GRAND ANNEX in San Pedro

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  The Grand Annex, where Jeffrey Halford and the Healers perform Saturday, September 25, is a a 99-seat concert venue dedicated to acoustic, world, roots, and other musical explorations. It is located within The Warner Grand Theater, a 1931-era historic art deco movie palace and community theater and performing arts center that seats approximately 1,500 people. www.grandvision.org for more information.

         (ALTADENA/SAN PEDRO) – Jeffrey Halford, longtime Roots-Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist  – “Swamp Rock with Soul!” – who fronts long-running ensemble Jeffrey Halford & The Healers, is in the studio recording what will be the re-release of his critically-acclaimed album, RAILBIRDS. Halford – who produced the just-released album MUDSHACK  by San Francisco Americana-Folk guitarist, Peter Rudy –  was recently proclaimed one of the “Ten Most Influential Artists of the Decade” by popular music, film and culture publication, PASTE MAGAZINE.

Jeffrey Halford and the Healers perform at  the Coffee Galley Backstage, 2029 N. Lake, Altadena, Friday, September 25, 7 p.m. $15. info: (626)  794-2424; and also at the Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro, Saturday, September 25. $15. (advance), $20. (door). Info: (310) 833-4813 or log onto www.grandvision.org.

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 Halford has been called “An Americana heavyweight” (MERCURY NEWS) for his heartfelt songs about the conditions of the everyday man and woman in America. Among his most memorable: “Cry of Hope,” about Americans’ need to keep faith in America; and “Louisiana Man,” about the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster and our government’s slow response to it. As validation of Halford’s writing prowess, he won “2009 Songwriter of the Year” at the recent 5th Annual South Bay (Los Angeles) Music Awards. BROKEN CHORD went to #8 on the Americana radio charts. 

In high school, Halford ditched classes and came only to take the tests. According to school records, he had the worst attendance of any graduating student. He decided to add trouble w/the law to his resume. Then came a guitar from his dad, and things started to turn. After high school, Halford enrolled in architecture school in San Francisco. While walking along Market Street, he watched a legendary street band-Jimmy Ventilator and Harry Spider-playing Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson, and the Ventures. Halford convinced them that he should join the band. 

For more than a year, he cut his guitar chops on the street, playing to crowds in Chinatown and Union Square until the police closed them down. His street gig led him to play with Oakland blues greats Sonny Lane, Mississippi Johnny Waters, and JJ Malone in clubs throughout that city. He also formed his own roots rockabilly band, “The Snappers,” playing for students at U.C. Berkeley, serving as the house band at Ruthie’s Inn in Berkeley, and performing with the Blasters, Chris Isaak, and the Beat Farmers. Music was Halford’s salvation.     

In high school, Halford ditched classes and came only to take the tests. According to school records, he had the worst attendance of any graduating student. He decided to add trouble w/the law to his resume. Then came a guitar from his dad, and things started to turn.After high school, Halford enrolled in architecture school in San Francisco. While walking along Market Street, he watched a legendary street band-Jimmy Ventilator and Harry Spider-playing Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson, and the Ventures. Halford convinced them that he should join the band. 

      
 

Jeffrey Haqlford with Augie Meyers

TEXAS TOUCH: Halford (center) and band often play with Tex-Mex legend, keyboardist Augie Meyers (far right), of  Texas Tornados and Sir Douglas Quintet renown.  

Based in San Francisco over the last 15 years, Halford has been touring the country with his band, the Healers. They’ve played shows with some of the most acclaimed artists and songwriters, including Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Etta James, The Radiators, Robert Earl Keen, John Hammond, Augie Meyers, Dave Alvin, Guy Clark, and Chuck Prophet, among others. His newest and fifth CD, “Railbirds,” is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Hunkpapa.” His original roots rock ‘n roll songs etch a uniquely American, and specifically California, landscape. The reviews for “Hunkpapa” encapsulate what makes Halford so distinctive and compelling: 

          “BROKEN CHORDagain highlights his strengths as a talented wordsmith with the soul of a rugged roadhouse rocker,” writes NO DEPRESSION. “I liked (BROKEN CHORD) better each time I heard it,” states BLUES BYTES. “Halford and the Healers tone down the electric edge of the country-rock, which has matured admirably on their new CD, BROKEN CHORD,” (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE). “Halford is a singer/somgwriter who plays a mean six-string…with shades of country, blues and rock and roll, he and his band play with a fiery fury that is raucously delightful. He is about as authentic as the day is long” (TACOMA WEEKLY VOLCANO).  

 “Jeffrey Halford and crew go well beyond a mastery of their instruments” – MUSIC CONNECTION. “Their impeccable improvisational skills make listeners feel that each moment of their performance is unique and special…experience and dedication emanate from Halford and the Healers…(he) makes his guitar sound like the voice of a soulful back-up singer.” Phil Reser of the CHICO ENTERPRISE RECORD writes, “Halford is a talented, American roots-rock musician steeped in the trinity of blues, folk and rock, with well-crafted and lyrically interesting songs about American life.” 

Halford’s song “Rock N’ Fire” has been featured on nationally-syndicated radio show, BLUES DELUXE, heard weekly over one-hundred-plus stations throughout  the U.S. and Canada with a two-million-plus listenership. Three tracks from BROKEN CHORD were also added to regular rotation on KPIG-FM in San Francisco. This past summer, BROKEN CHORD remained in the Top 20 Americana Charts for nine consecutive weeks, receiving over 3,500 spins – placing it on a par with such renowned artists as Wilco, Steve Earl and Ryan Adams. 

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www.jeffreyhalford.com     www.myspace.com/jeffreyhalfordandthehealers