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Jeffries hits the international circuit: France's popular Southern Rock magazine features Gary Jeffries and his new album, Middle Class Man
UPDATE: JUNE 23, 2012 - ENGLISH VERSION AVAILABLE HERE
See the results of Bands of Dixie 2011 Readers Poll: Jeffries Scores 1st Place in 3 Categories
Read the Bands of Dixie CD review of "Middle Class Man" (Gary Jeffries, 2011) here.
~ From 38 Special to the Allman Brothers and climbing all the way up the alphabet to Skynnrd and ZZ Top, widely popular French print magazine, Bands of Dixie (BOD), has published 100’s of rant reviewed articles featuring our loved and legendary Southern Rock artists and bands, ever since that great day when it first hit the European newsstands in 1998. But, it’s the current issue that will truly turn heads, and in true traditional style. Bands of Dixie turns its feature spotlight onto rebel rouser and Southern Swamp Rock artist, Gary Jeffries, who straight talks about his music career, in front-of- and behind-the-scenes, and why he’s laid it all on the line for his new solo album, “Middle Class Man”, entitled after named song.
Why this album and why now? Jeffries talks about wanting to put out the ‘best of his best’ on this album that includes songs with popular flavors from his past work with bands - Asphalt Ballet, Alligator Stew, for those he is famed - along with brand new songs to launch his solo career. Jeffries talks about taking risks and standing up to hard economic times and keeping it 'all raw, all live and all real'. He states on his website, “I just want my voice heard. I want change for the young and change for the hard workin’ middle class people.” These stories and more, Jeffries uncovers in this hot topic interview that reveals an introspect into a man who dares to make his music, his way.
One thing is for sure, Southern Rock has branded its deep and timeless mark upon music history and it and its music makers continue to be enjoyed and hailed worldwide. We owe our gratitude to our Bands of Dixie comrades - Luc Brunot, 'in the know' writer since 2000, and Didier, the 'soul' of BOD - who carry their literary torch and contribute to the growing archives of Southern Rock history. Most importantly, we owe our respect to our brother and sister Southern Rock music rebels who dare to write powerful lyric and song, and despite it all, brave to sing it like it is.
-by N. Fallon
*BUY the print magazine, Vol. 83, Nov/Dec 2011 issue (French) here.
*English online version available at Sweet Home Music website. There are many exciting interviews with your favorite Southern Rock artists from past issues of Bands of Dixie, so check 'em out!
*Check out France's Southern Rock radion station, Dixie Rock, hosted by radio DJ, Luc Brunot, of Sweet Home Music. Click here to listen to Southern Rock play-lists from past Dixie Rock programs!
Trivia question answer - France!