Jeff Turmes, expert multi-instrumentalist and old-school bluesman, is back with a new solo album – mostly acoustic – clear and brimming with humid southern sweat and cotton fields, stark summer deserts, swaggering dreamy moonlit nights, gritty smarmful back alleys, quirky hole-in-the-wall Italian diners and even a Baroque blackbird sitting room.
Turmes, who wrote, produced and arranged all of the songs, delivers performances nothing short of perfection on guitar, banjo, acoustic bass, baritone sax, bass clarinet and dumpster, not to mention in shining vocals, creating an overall quiet masterpiece (humble as he is) of super high quality. All-star friends and tour buddies Stephen Hodges (drums) and Rick Holmstrom (guitar) join in on three of the tracks. Steve Mugalian and Don Heffington contribute further drums and percussion.
It was a genuine treat for us to record Jeff’s album at our former Chessvolt Studios. Peter was honored to engineer the sessions and I was honored to spend some time around this prodigiously talented sweetheart of a guy.
The record, five horses, four riders (Fat Head Records, 2009).
Highlight tracks: Turn Your Heart In My Direction, Give Satan A Chance, Don’t The Moon Look Real, Jack-A-Hammer and When My Baby Wakes Up. Listen to all of the songs here.
Jeff Turmes will be playing McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on Sunday, February 28th. Go and listen if you can. You won’t regret it. Turmes’ kind of authentic goodness is a fine rarity.