Tue, Dec 11, 2012.
Fans of real bluegrass music are in for treat in the new year, with the debut release from guitar picker Alan Jeffries. The New Brunswicker has been a staple on the bluegrass circuit since he was a kid, playing the traditional sounds he learned from his father. He's also a familiar face for most concert-goers in the Maritimes, fronting his group Slim Pickens, as well as a busy career as the lead guitar player in David Myles' combo. On his own, he leads a crack team of players doing bluegrass favourites and his own originals. Now, his first CD is ready for January, called Coffee 'til Midnight.
The disc features a mix of old-time classics and new originals. Joining him is a team of Maritime stalwarts, including the righteous Ray Legere, surely one of the best fiddle and mandolin players to ever come out of the region. Jeffries is also promising lots of banjo, upright bass, dobro and those great bluegrass harmonies, including some from Mr. Myles.
Coffee 'til Midnight is going to be launched at the annual Shivering Songs festival in Fredericton, being held January 25th to 27th. That's fitting, as Jeffries is a regular at the event, holding court at the annual Bluegrass Brunch at the Boyce Farmer's Market. That's proved to be one of the highlights of both Shivering Songs, and now the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, where hundreds of folks pack the hall for great music and food. He joins a lineup already featuring Sarah Harmer, The Sadies, hosts Olympic Symphonium, and spoken word contributor Jian Ghomeshi. Tickets for Shivering Songs are now available on the event website, as well as info on pre-ordering Jeffries' CD.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).