Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys is a New York singer-songwriter of exceptional depth and range, a bookish romantic who can write a self-critical song about Malcolm X ("I Was Afraid of Malcolm"), scat like Dion, boogie about John Lee Hooker, and somehow pull off references to Edmund Spenser over a reggae beat. He's been making often outstanding, generally slow-selling records since Ford was president—for an early one, pick up Ghost Writer, featuring the incendiary near-hit "Wild in the Streets." Last year's The King of In Between was his first album in over a decade and one of his best. Coproduced by former Dylan sideman Larry Campbell and featuring guests such as Jeffreys's college chum Lou Reed, the album is very forceful old-guy rock 'n' roll, intellectual as always but also keen to cut to the bone and chase. One chorus simply goes, "I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive—not dead." Indeed! No band this time, alas, but Gabriel Gordon will join Jeffreys on guitar. (Photo by Danny Clinch)
Fri., Jan. 20, 7 p.m., 2012

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