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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Huell Howser with Guitar: Americana Songs from the Soul, Jeffrey Halford at Armando's Nov. 15

"A talented wordsmith with the soul of a rugged roadhouse rocker."  
          NO DEPRESSION            

Huell Howser With Guitar: Jeffrey Halford Plays Americana Songs From The Soul, In Concert W/ His Band, The Healers, At Armando's - Friday, Nov. 15th
   (MARTINEZ) - Much like the late Huell Howser, Jeffrey Halford's songs are a musical road-map that offer an enhanced understanding of California's history, culture and people - as well as that of others outside of California (i.e. "Louisiana Man," written about the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005).

     Jeffrey Halford and the Healers perform locally at Armandos, 707 Marina Vista, in Martinez, Friday, November 15. 8 p.m. $10. Info: (925) 228-6985 or

   Marin-based Jeffrey Halford is definitely an artist that wears his musical heart on his sleeve, writing compelling songs that deal primarily with the American Way - from topics as varied as legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige, to our country's interaction with Native Americans, etc., music that's commonly referred to as 'Americana.' 

   Halford's latest single "Harry We Need You" is about politician Harry Hopkins, who was the principal architect of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "New Deal." Hopkins was also the head of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), that was responsible for some 4.3 million Americans working by 1936, not long after the Great Depression and leading up to World War II.
  Called "Hemingway with a blues-y guitar" by Dirty Linen Magazine, The Alternate Root magazine also writes, "Halford's Broken Chord shutters, shakes, and shimmies across the surface of your mind."  

   Halford delivers a uniquely American melting pot of roots, blues, rock, and kick-ass pop, mixed with Southern soul, a heap of Texas storytelling, and a dash of Bay Area's freewheeling liberal spirit/literary leanings/seedier side. Throw in some desert sunshine and dirt, then stir together with an architect's eye for detail and durability and you've got yourself an idea why Paste magazine once named him to their "Ten Most Influential Artists of the Decade."
   Jeffrey Halford's original roots rock 'n roll songs etch a uniquely American, and specifically California, landscape. Look for a new Jeffrey Halford and the Healers album to be released in 2013.


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