14 Steps To Harlem: A Garland Jeffreys Premiere And Conversation, Plus Chatting With Virgil Films’ Joe Amodei On Clarence Clemons And More
On April 28th, Garland Jeffreys will release a new album, 14 Steps To Harlem. Jeffreys continues making socially conscious
This year, which is the fifteenth since the foundation was established, Light of Day has expanded to become a multi-genre, multi-venue, multi-continent extravaganza, which spans ten days in the New York-New Jersey area alone annually.
After a 13-year hiatus, Jeffreys released The King of In Between in 2011. It was relevant in every possible way, and it was great music.
"If I sat down and tried to write something clever, I couldn't do it. I just follow my instincts. I like stories, I like storytelling, and when something comes to me, if it strikes me as a good story, I'll just start writing it and see what pops out."
I first heard the Garland Jeffreys' tune "Roller Coaster Town" on my local radio station WFUV and I was instantly taken. It led me to dig deeper into his new album, The King of in Between, and I found it was just as good a ride from beginning to end.
As the album creeps ever closer to technical extinction as an ongoing artform, I remain profoundly moved by the sight and sound of so many sparks of musical life to be heard all along the watchtower.
The terrifying thing about Memory Lane is how far back it goes. What were you wearing in 1973? I'd bet: Pampers. Me? I was out and about, listening to Garland Jeffreys.
One of the most poignant and joyous salutes will be a collection of music stars and friends of Lennon who are gathering to pay an informal musical tribute to Lennon with a charity concert.