For Jeffrey Halford & The Healers New Album “Rainmaker”

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Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

Jeffrey Halford is one of the premier purveyors of rootsy, bluesy,rock ‘n’ roll (Americana) with a pop sensibility. This is Jeffrey’s seventh release, and he and the band have aged like a fine Northern California wine. The remarkable Rainmaker, the follow up to 2008’s critically-acclaimed Broken Chord went to #7 on the Americana charts in the USA and Europe. Rainmaker showcases the best of Halford’s songwriting and his distinctive guitar complimented by the crafted rumble of his band.

As he readied his band for a series of high-profile shows (including headlining the renowned Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA on October 9), we got to speak with the Marin, Calif-based musician. Here’s how it went.

AAM: What topics were on your mind when you sat down to write the songs on Rainmaker?

JH: Spiritual things, people that take life into another realm and people like me who  go out and make things happen – that’s what a rainmaker does. I was really happy with that track; it was a great stew for everyone that came together and put their (musical) part in it.

AAM: Who have been some of your own most prolific musical influences through the years?

JH: Wordsmith people Sherman Alexi, Gail Caldwell (the latter a well-known Texas-based fiction writer). Joe Ely, the Staple Singers, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards to name a few.

AAM: In the past you have played a resonator guitar, what does that do for your overall sound as opposed to a conventional electric guitar?

JH: They are roots-ier and have a very unique sound that hopefully was going to set me apart a little. I also love that metal/wood combination for slide playing and picking.

AAM: The genre of music you play is often referred to as “Americana.” What exactly does that term signify to you?

JH: Truth to tell I don’t like the term, it’s too broad. I play folk/blues/rock ‘n roll country/R&B. Isn’t that what rock ‘n roll is, a blend of all of these?

AAM: You’ve always written about topics of social concern, be it the treatment of Native Americans (your song “Oh Susanna”), the government’s tepid response to Hurricane Katrina (“Louisiana Man”) and even the racial divide regarding Negro baseball legend, Satchel Paige (“Satchel’s Fastball”). On Rainmaker you single out Harry Hopkins, architect of President Truman’s “New Deal’ from 1933-1936. Can you talk about why you chose to write that song?

JH: Thanks for familiarizing yourself with my material I appreciate it. Because he (Hopkins) provided jobs for working people and understood the mindset of your basic human that wants to work, i.e. that hey don’t want handouts, and he did it in a very creative way. But he really focused in on the arts and the actors and musicians and then he also restored our national parks. The guy needs his own profile show like the Roosevelts.

AAM: With all the myriad of changes that have taken place in the music industry, do you personally find it easier of more difficult to make a living at it these days?

JH: Hell yes!

AAM: Where can people go to that want to know more about Jeffrey Halford?

JH: Hey thanks for your support I really appreciate it! The website is www. JeffreyHalford.com. My music is also sold on Amazon all the digital retailers like iTunes, etc. Thanks so much and thanks (to my longtime pr guy), Doug Deutsch.