Jeff Black (singer-songwriter)

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Jeff Black
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Background information
Birth name Jeff Black
Born 1962
Origin Kansas City, Missouri
Genres alternative, folk, singer-songwriter
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter, recording artist, producer
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, banjo
Years active 1980s–present
Associated acts Wilco, Iris Dement, Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and BlackHawk

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."[1] His songs have been covered by Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and BlackHawk. BlackHawk's cover of Black's song, "That's Just About Right," was a Top 10 Country single in 1996. BlackHawk's cover of Black's song, "King Of The World" was a Top 30 Country single in 1998. Black also co-wrote the title track Circles Around Me with Sam Bush for his 2009 Grammy nominated album Circles Around Me. Black has released 10 of his own self-produced albums and tours widely. He is also recognized as a digital music pioneer by NPR for his podcast, Black Tuesdays.[2]


Jeff Black was born in 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri and grew up in Liberty, Missouri.[3] Black received his first guitar as a present for his tenth birthday.[4] 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 re-connected with Kansas City friend, Iris DeMent (Black lends some backing vocals on DeMent's 1992 debut album, Infamous Angel).[3]

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."[5]



  • "Birmingham Road" (1998) Birmingham Road
  • "That's Just About Right" (1998) Birmingham Road


  1. ^ Ronnie Lankford, Jr. "Review: Tin Lily", Allmusic 3.5/5 stars
  2. ^ Melissa Block, "Singer as DJ: Jeff Black's Podcasts", All Things Considered, National Public Radio, August 9, 2005
  3. ^ a b Arthur Wood, "From Missouri to Nashville", FolkWax (link requires free subscription)
  4. ^ Charlotte Dillon, "Jeff Black: Biography", Allmusic
  5. ^ a b James Chrispell, "Review: Birmingham Road", Allmusic 4/5 stars
  6. ^ Arthur Wood, "Review: Honey and Salt, FolkWax, June 11, 2003 (8 out of 10)
  7. ^ Arthur Wood, "Review: B Sides and Confessions" , FolkWax, March 26, 2003 (9 out of 10)
  8. ^ Scott Sheldon, "Jeff Black: Tin Lily" (Review of Tin Lily), Peterborough Folk Music Society, 2006
  9. ^, "Jeff Black: Sleepy Town" (Sleepy Town Information), November, 2007
  10. ^, "Jeff Black: Mining For Gold'" (Mining For Gold' Information) December, 2008
  11. ^, "Jeff Black: Christmas Sunshine" (Christmas Sunshine Information), December, 2009
  12. ^ Jedd Beaudoin, "Jeff Black: Plow Through The Mystic" (Review of Plow Through The Mystic), PopMatters, December 14, 2011 (8 out of 10)
  13. ^ No Depression, "Moving set of originals from a master singer-songwriter" (Review of B-Sides and Confessions, Volume Two), Hyperbole, February 1, 2013
  14. ^, "Jeff Black: Folklore" (Folklore Information), April 1, 2014

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