Jeff Whitehead

Jeff Whitehead
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Blue Notes, the forthcoming album from Jeff Whitehead, is set for release in April 2017. Whitehead spent his twenties writing songs, driving around Texas playing dancehalls, divebars, listening rooms, flatbed trailers in fields and everything in between, playing keys and guitar for country acts, opening for some heroes, toasting whiskey with friends new and old and releasing the album Bloodhound Heart to critical praise…  Now standing on the other side of thirty years, Whitehead says, “it’s safe to say I’m old enough to know better, but here I am, back with a new album, Blue Notes. It’s honest, it’s raw, it’s me. I’m proud to share it with you and I hope you enjoy it."

Blue Notes, his sophomore album, follows his 2012 release Bloodhound Heart. Like Bloodhound HeartBlue Notes features multi-instrumentalist and producer, Scott Davis of the Band of Heathens, at the helm. All songs were written by Whitehead and were recorded at Studio 601, a beautiful space in Austin, Texas. Whitehead says, “we handpicked some of my favorite musicians and coolest people on earth including Michael Inger (co-producer/engineer/mixing/drums), Matt Slagle (Bass), Lauren Hunt (harmony vocals), and Andrew Nolte (keys). For a bunch of white folks, we had a lot of soul in the room.”  Blue Notes was then mastered by Fred Kevorkian (Willie Nelson’s Songbird, Ryan Adams’ Jacksonville City Nights, etc.) in New York. Photography and artwork by the talented Mark Abernathy in Austin, Texas. To say the least, there is some serious talent featured on these recordings.
Since 2008, following the move from his hometown of College Station, Texas, to his current home in Austin, Texas, Whitehead has been carving out his own sound and sharing the stage with artists such as Hays Carll, Walt Wilkins, Rob Baird, K. Phillips, Cory Morrow,  Chris King, Mike McClure, and many others. After releasing the album, “Bloodhound Heart”, Whitehead took some time off from the road to get married, woodshed, and write songs for what would become Blue Notes. This reevaluation and time off paved the way for Whitehead’s grittiest and most honest offering yet. From the sweetness of “Smiles” to the drunken chaos of a late night bar in “Too Wild” to the scenes of dirty love in “Real”, Blue Notes is, at the heart, about life, love and loss.


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