Jeff Black (singer-songwriter)
|Birth name||Jeff Black|
|Origin||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Genres||alternative, folk, singer-songwriter|
|Instruments||vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica|
|Years active||1990s - present|
Jeff Black is an American singer-songwriter originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now based in Nashville, Tennessee. His writings have been described in the Allmusic as "impressionistic songs that are smart without forgetting the emotional undercurrent." His songs have been covered by Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush and BlackHawk. BlackHawk's cover of Black's song, "That's Just About Right," was a Top 10 Country single in 1994. Since then Black has released four of his own albums and tours widely. He also maintains his own free weekly podcast, Black Tuesdays.
Jeff Black was born circa 1960 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Black received his first guitar as a present for his tenth birthday. In his twenties Black began performing at Blayney's, a Kansas City blues club where he also worked as a bouncer. Soon Black began touring and eventually relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where he met, among others, Iris DeMent (Black lends some backing vocals on DeMent's 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel).
Black's own first album, Birmingham Road, was recorded with the members of the band Wilco, minus lead singer, Jeff Tweedy. The songs have been described as "fine portraits of American life without the sappiness or self-consciousness often attributed to the singer/songwriter genre."
- Birmingham Road (1998 Arista)
- Honey and Salt (2003 Yep Roc)
- B-Sides and Confessions, Volume One (2003)
- Tin Lily ( 2005 Dualtone)
- Ronnie Lankford, Jr. "Review: Tin Lily", Allmusic
- Melissa Block, "Singer as DJ: Jeff Black's Podcasts", All Things Considered, National Public Radio, August 9, 2005
- Arthur Wood, "From Missouri to Nashville", FolkWax (link requires free subscription)
- Charlotte Dillon, "Jeff Black: Biography", Allmusic
- James Chrispell, "Review: Birmingham Road", Allmusic
- Arthur Wood, "Review: Honey and Salt, FolkWax, June 11, 2003 (8 out of 10)
- Arthur Wood, "Review: B Sides and Confessions" , FolkWax, March 26, 2003 (9 out of 10)
- Arthur Wood, "Another Winner from Jeff Black" (Review of Tin Lily), FolkWax, July 28, 2005 (10 out of 10)
- Jeff Black.com, official web site
- Jeff Black at MySpace
- Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Archives, see episode #250