Garland Jeffreys Announces Retirement From Touring

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Garland Jeffreys (Photo via his Facebook page)

Musician Garland Jeffreys announced today (April 9) that he is retiring from touring. He emphasized that he’ll continue to write and record. Jeffreys turned 75 on June 29, 2018.

Jeffreys has several dates remaining on his 2019 calendar. (See below.)

Jeffreys began performing in New York at such Greenwich Village clubs as Gerde’s Folk City, the Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways in the mid-1960s. He released many solo albums throughout the 1970s and ’80s, often with contributions from many well-known musicians.

The complete announcement on his Facebook page: After more than fifty years of performing, I’ve decided to hang up my rock and roll shoes. There are a few more shows on the books in the next couple of months but after that it will be only the occasional guest spot or something in that vein. I’m not going to stop writing songs or recording. As you can imagine, it hasn’t been an easy decision since you know how much I love being on stage. I want to thank everyone for coming out to see me over all these years and for being there for me. More details to follow, I just wanted to let you know — Garland

Jeffreys, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., first captured the public’s attention playing those Greenwich Village clubs, performing songs that reflected on life as a multi-racial man in America. He has since collaborated and performed with legendary artists from across the musical spectrum including Dr. John, the E Street Band, John Cale, Michael Brecker, Larry Campbell, the Rumour, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Sonny Rollins, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed, among many others.

In 1969, Jeffreys formed Grinder’s Switch with several other musicians and they recorded and released a self-titled album for Vanguard. The LP was produced by Lewis Merenstein, best known for his subsequent work with Van Morrison.

Jeffreys subsequently released his first solo album for Atlantic in 1973. He call his “Wild in the Streets” his “pride and joy, his first rock and roll record.”

After a gap, he was signed to the A&M label, where he recorded several albums during the 1970s.

In 1981, his album for Epic, Escape Artist, featured an assemblage of significant musicians including guitarist Adrian Belew, horn players Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker, the E Street Band’s Roy Bittan and Danny Federici, and guest vocals from David Johansen and Lou Reed, among others. The very “New York” album included “R.O.C.K.” and Jeffreys’ cover of “96 Tears,” which became a modest hit, reaching #66 on the Hot 100.

Garland Jeffreys 2019 Dates

May 04 – Roslyn, NY – My Father’s Place
May 09 – Essex Junction, VT – The Double E (with Steve Forbert)
May 10 – Boston, MA – City Winery
Jun 29 – New York, NY – City Winery (final NYC show, on his birthday)

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