2011-06-09 Philly Burbs

Garland Jeffreys to play Sellersville Theater, has new album out this month

Philly Burbs | Naila Francis

Garland Jeffreys has been making music since the late 1960s. But “The King of In Between” is the veteran New York City rocker’s first album in 13 years — and for good reason.

Jeffreys, who released his debut album in 1973, decided to take time off to raise his daughter. After trying for a good 15 years to conceive a child with his wife, when she finally got pregnant, the Brooklyn native decided it would be best if his daughter grew up with both of her parents around.

But now he’s back with not only a new album but a tour to support it. Jeffreys will play the Sellersville Theater on June 25, likely performing several songs from his extensive catalog — fan favorite “Spanish Town” and hit single “Wild in the Streets,” perhaps? — as well as new material.

On “The King of In Between,” he hefts some impressive collaborative weight. The disc was co-produced by Grammy winner Larry Campbell (guitarist for Bob Dylan’s road band and frequent Levon Helm collaborator) and mixed by Roy Cicala, the same engineer behind “Wild in the Streets” who’s also worked on several John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen albums. It features, among known sessions players like Mike Merritt and Duke Levine, appearances by Lou Reed —whom Jeffreys has known since he was an art history student at Syracuse University — Duncan Sheik, and his own 15-year-old daughter Savannah, herself a budding singer-songwriter.

The disc, released digitally on Tuesday on Jeffreys’ Luna Park Records (physical CDs will be released next Tuesday), delivers on the sound that became his calling card with his landmark 1977 album “Ghost Writer”: that distinctive mix of soul, rock and reggae, with a touch of folk and blues. His hometown, as it has on past albums, also looms large here, as the songs serve as both a lament and a love letter to New York City. Evocative first single “Coney Island Winter” pays rollicking homage to the stomping ground of his youth.

Laura Cheadle will open for Jeffreys at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville.

Show time: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50 and $40.

Information: 215-257-5808; www.st94.com; www.garlandjeffreys.com.

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