It’s Who He Is

4 Feb

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It’s always reassuring to see your convictions affirmed by a crowded room. That was definitely the case at the recent performance by the ageless Garland Jeffreys at the Linda Auditorium (WAMC Studios). The place was pretty much packed with folks, clearly familiar with Garland’s extensive catalog, and eager to show their appreciation. I had decided several weeks ago that this was a show not to miss and despite the bitter cold temperatures and a long day of driving in my rearview, I was proven correct. Garland and his very talented bandmates on guitar, keyboards and percussion, played a lengthy set, highlighted by several selections from his new record
Truth Serum” as well a nice mix of older faves. Standouts included the season appropriate opener “Coney Island Winter”, “The Contortionist”, dedicated to long time pal Lou Reed, and “It’s What I Am”, complete with Godfather of Soul like stage moves.  His encores included Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and his signature cover of ? and the Mysterian’s “96 Teardrops”, which got the crowd dancing in any available space. Clearly this septuagenarian has no plans to fade away. In fact Garland Jeffreys delivered a thoroughly convincing argument that he be allowed to remain who he is for as long as he feels like it.

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