Some records and some artists just get better with time. This special show will feature Garland Jeffreys, his band and special guests (TBA) performing “Ghost Writer” in its entirety, bringing his most acclaimed and fan favorite album to vibrant life.
“On Ghost Writer, Jeffreys spins ten vivid tales of life on the New York streets, ranging from the cool literary philosophizing of the title cut to the teenage rage of ‘Wild in the Streets,’ encompassing the slinky reggae of ‘I May Not Be Your Kind,’ the sinewy Latin grooves of ‘Spanish Town,’ the cocky rock & roll of ‘Rough & Ready,’ the graceful sweet soul of ‘New York Skyline,’ and the edgy, urgent menace of ‘Lift Me Up.’ What holds it all together is Jeffreys' songwriting, keenly intelligent without seeming academic and reveling in the power of the word.” (Mark Deming, All Music Guide).
Released in 1977 and leading to Jeffreys being named Best New Artist by Rolling Stone, the record embraced the stylistic eclecticism that would become one of the hallmarks of his work, while “the racial paradox is dramatized audaciously, the dreams of showbiz glory rendered with an uncommon knowing subtlety, the reggae natural-born, the voice fuller and more passionate...” (Robert Christgau). Produced by David Spinozza and engineered and mixed by the legendary Roy Cicala (John Lennon, Van Morrison, Lou Reed), Ghost Writer boasted an all-star lineup of musicians, including Dr. John, The Brecker Brothers, Anthony Jackson, Steve Gadd, Hugh McCracken and David Spinozza. Another notable contributor was Leon Pendarvis, a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1980. Even the cover of Ghost Writer has stood the test of time, shot by Duane Michals, one of the most influential photographers of our era.
Anyone who’s seen Jeffreys live in the last few years supporting his two latest and stellar albums — “The King of In Between” 2011 and “Truth Serum” 2013 — and touring around the globe like a hungry young artist half his age would agree that “Jeffreys is one of the few performers who came of commercial age in the era of Bruce Springsteen who can still make that guitar-based, myth-making impulse work as intimate art.” (Ken Tucker, NPR).