Jeffrey Halford and the Healers
Label: Shoeless Records
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Review Date: May 16, 2017
Whenever we can, we love to turn y’all on to music by musicians that you might not hear about unless we tell you about them. Such is the case with a great little band from California, Jeffrey Halford and the Healers, and their new CD, Lo-Fi Dreams.
Californian Jeffrey Halford is part waterman, carpenter and architect. He started playing guitar on the streets of San Francisco around the corner from his architecture school. He found his calling in songwriting and performing.
Born in Texas, he’s shared the stage with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, as well as blues greats Taj Mahal, Etta James, Los Lobos and John Hammond, to name a few.
His eighth CD, Lo-Fi Dreams, is a stripped down journey of tube amplifiers pushing the speakers to obliteration. Good ol’ country, soul and rock ‘n’ roll, with a touch of dirty blues. If you get off on having music that none of your friends are likely to have, and it be great music to boot, then you should really order Lo-Fi Dreams.
Jeffrey wanted to put more focus than usual on the stripped-down grooves and feels of the songs. This sets up the best backdrop for the lyrics and leaves more empty landscape to run around and play in.
Using vintage lo-fi amplifiers and guitars like the Sears Silvertone, Danelectro and Harmony brands from the 1950s and ‘60s, this provides a warm and fuzzy sound that reflects some of the best albums ever made. Of course, Jeffrey also uses his signature National Resophonic guitar.