10th Jan 2005

2005-01-10 The Hollywood Reporter

Review of Garland Jeffreys' concert at McCabe's in Santa Monica on January 8, 2005.

07th Jan 2005

2005-01-07 Rocky Mountain News

He didn't mean to be gone for so long. What started as a few months off for Garland Jeffreys in the early '90s turned into a nine- year hiatus, and he wasn't sure what to expect when he came back. At his first show, "someone said they thought I was dead, all that kind of stuff," he says with a laugh from his New York City home.

02nd Jan 2005

2005-01-02 The Arizona Republic

Garland Jeffreys has earned the respect and friendship of Lou Reed, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. Yoko Ono asked him to contribute an essay on her late husband, John Lennon, for an upcoming book, and director Martin Scorsese showed him performing in his acclaimed 2003 PBS series, The Blues.

01st Feb 2004

2004-02-01 Paste Magazine

Garland Jeffreys – A ’60s Renaissance By Gary Santaniello   He’s been part of the New York music scene for more than 30 years and is as representative of the...

10th Jun 2003


How a guy like Garland Jeffreys -- someone who writes with the swagger of Lou Reed and sings with the bravado of Bruce Springsteen - - went off the musical radar a decade ago is a mystery akin to those planes and boats that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.

01st Mar 2003
2003-03-01 Smokebox

2003-03-01 Smokebox

Mike Morgan of Smokebox reviews Garland Jeffreys concert at The Village Underground in March 2003.

24th Jan 2003
2003-01-24 The Connecticut Post Online

2003-01-24 The Connecticut Post Online

Feature article & interview with Garland Jeffreys in advance of his concert at the Acoustic Cafe in Bridgeport.

01st Jan 2003
2003-01 Citizens’ Voice

2003-01 Citizens’ Voice

Citizen Voice's January 2003 review of Garland Jeffreys concert Plowshare's Coffee House in Phoenixville, PA.

01st Feb 2002

2002-02-01 The Garland Jeffreys Interview by Diane Wilkes

in-depth interview conducted by Diane Wilkes in 2002

20th Jan 2002

2002-01-20 Star-Ledger

The Second Coming of Garland Jeffreys   By Jay Lustig Star-Ledger. January 20th, 2002   There were surprises galore at the holiday benefit concerts Bruce Springsteen headlined at Asbury Park’s...

27th May 1992

1992-05-27 Green Left Weekly

Rarely does a day go by lately that this album doesn't end up blasting out from my stereo. Musically, lyrically and politically, it is one of the most infectious records I've had the pleasure of listening to.

26th Apr 1992

1992-04-26 New York Times

"We got the proclamation/ Now where's the real emancipation?" sings Garland Jeffreys in "Bottle of Love," a pungent pop-reggae song that is one of the strongest cuts on "Don't Call Me Buckwheat," his first album in eight years. Most of the cuts on the record are impassioned autobiographical reflections on racial and ethnic identity and the struggle for self-esteem by a veteran New York songwriter who is of mixed ancestry: black, white and Puerto Rican.

05th Apr 1992

1992-04-05 Chicago Tribune

With his new album, "Don't Call Me Buckwheat" (RCA), veteran rocker Garland Jeffreys offers a perspective on race and racism that is unique in today's pop climate.

02nd Feb 1992

1992-02-28 The Buffalo News

Review of "Don't Call Me Buckwheat" by Garland Jeffreys. Written by Elmer Ploetz in The Buffalo News, February 28, 1992.

01st Feb 1992

1992-02-01 International Herald Tribune

Garland Jeffreys maintains a viable career somewhere between hits and a cult. Neither extreme attracts him all that much. It depends on definitions anyway. He only wants to reach a maximum number of people with minimum compromise. Oh. Is that all?

30th Nov 1991

1991-11-30 Echoes Magazine

Garland Jeffreys' personal journey has carried him back to his childhood and forward to a new album.

25th Dec 1986

1986-12-25 Chicago Tribune

After a four-year sabbatical, Garland Jeffreys is back playing rock and roll. "There were rumors I had opened an Italian restaurant in Florence, or had moved to France and just quit the business," he said last week. "But I've written 100-120 songs in that four-year absence. Some of them might not be what the industry wants to hear, but I'm ready to try again."

15th Jun 1981
1981-06-15 Time Magazine

1981-06-15 Time Magazine

Marcellino Casanova. Johnny-one-arm. Little Angel from Laslow Street. Cinderella. Names that sound like Damon Runyon. Lives that feel like William Burroughs. These are Garland Jeffreys' mystery kids, and the extraordinary music that he makes about them seems to come straight from their lives.

10th Apr 1981

1981-04-10 The Harvard Crimson

AMERICA HAS ALWAYS escaped through pop music. Imported African slaves sang while working to alleviate the pain and make sport of their masters. Through the Wars and the Depression, jazz provided hope and release. In the '50s, rock-and-roll developed as a merger of black and white music and helped loosen old prejudices as well as restrictive morals. In the '60s, music became an outlet for political protest and drug experiences. Today, Americans are confronted with so much that relying on music might be futile. Unemployment, inflation, draft registration, the decline of democracy, the power of the archaic Moral Majority, reincited racial and ethnic tensions, and terrorism combine to leave the average individual reeling. Recently, rock music has fragmented, reflecting the various attempts to escape: Middle of the road music, power pop, reggae/ska, new wave, disco and experimental music have divided record buyers as sharply as society has split. There is no longer a single "trend" in pop music. New albums from new groups proliferate, making demands on consumers, who need relief, not intellectual experiments. Of course, they don't need schlock either.

16th Nov 1979

1979-11-16 The New York Times

Garland Jeffreys to Play Bottom Line by Ken Emerson, The New York Times, November 16, 1979 Garland Jeffreys is an unlikely rock-and-roller.  To begin with, he’s 36 years old.  And,...

29th Oct 1979
1979-10-29 Lakeland Ledger

1979-10-29 Lakeland Ledger

Garland Jeffreys continues to be caught up by the plight of young people who've disassociated themselves from home and family and are "exiled on the streets". His new album, "American Boy and Girl," where he wrote all the songs, sings and plays some acoustic guitar and percussion, has several songs about these "urban throaways".

01st Sep 1979
1979-09-01 Billboard

1979-09-01 Billboard

Feature article on Garland Jeffreys and his album, 'American Boy and Girl'.

22nd Jun 1978
1978-06-22 Circus Magazine

1978-06-22 Circus Magazine

In what must be one of the quirkier manifestations of the Amerian Dream, Garland Jeffreys, a Hispanic-mulatto kid from the tough, pseudo-suburban Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn, somehow grew up to become a quadrilingual Renaissance scholar, perceptive urban poet, and - almost in his spare time - a pioneer in the possibility of rock & roll as a permanent way of life.

09th Jun 1977
1977-06-09 Sarasota Journal

1977-06-09 Sarasota Journal

No arm twisting was needed to get me out of the hosue this week. I blew what little money was left after paying my taxes, but this time, I got value for a change. First off, let me tell you about a balmy and bountiful Saturday night at Lincoln Center. Brooklyn's own Garland Jeffreys performed a delightful set of his songs, largely culled from his current "Ghost Writer" LP. Garland's stage persona is as animated and full of well-time quirks as is his eclectic repertoire. "Spanish Town" came off better live than on record, and his rockers, "Lift Me Up," and "Wild in the Streets" were full of punch.