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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jeffrey Halford Guest Artist at Sonoma County Blues Society October 16

"A talented wordsmith with the soul of a rugged roadhouse rocker."  
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                                     Blues Troubador - Jeffrey Halford
Guest Artist At Sonoma County Blues Society's Weekly Jam
At Society: Culture House in Santa Rosa - Wednesday, October 16
   (SANTA ROSA, CA) - Sonoma County Blues Society welcomes singer-songwriter-guitarist Jeffrey Halford to their weekly Blues Jam as the Guest Artist on Wednesday, October 16 at Society: Culture House, 528 7th St., Santa Rosa. Performing from 8:30-9:30 p.m. (entire evening's music lasts from 7-11 p.m.). Free. Info: (707) 336-2582 or Also for additional info.

  The Sonoma County Blues Society exists to promote and support 'The Blues' as a unique American art form through fellowship with the local music community and support of music programs in our local schools.

   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 - i.e. Hurricane Katrina, legendary Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige, our country's interaction with Native Americans, etc., music that's commonly referred to as Americana. 

   Halford's new 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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