Garland Jeffreys


Since his 1969 debut, Brooklyn-born, African-American/Puerto Rican vocalist/songwriter Jeffreys has been hard to define: Is he a protest singer who likes reggae, or a rocker who likes the darker shade of blues? He grew up loving doo-wop legend Frankie Lymon, hung out with Lou Reed in college and has worked with a wide range of artists, including Dr. John, Sonny Rollins, James Taylor and Linton Kwesi Johnson. A quintessentially New York edgy urban poet, confessional singer-songwriter and explorer of rock, race and rebellious links, his songs have been covered by many, including punk pioneers The Circle Jerks and neo-folk band Vetiver. His recent album The King of In Between marks a return to the rootsy sound of his earlier works.

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