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Philip Gayle

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Off-The-Scale Experimental Acoustic

You know that scale that reviewers use to help determine how experimental and otherworldly a recording is? Well Hud Pes by Texas guitarist Philip Gayle broke the scale. For the first three minutes the meter was pinned to the 'red', before it finally shattered into a thousand small fragments. Imagine a double CD release featuring three(!) songs, "Available Jones" (12:36), Sick Bones (24:14) and the mammoth "OK" (77:53), which features the telephone ringing and the pizza guy knocking at the door, in addition to Philip Galye's acosutic guitar and Richard Cholakian's percussion. Gayle's fourth CD is totally improvisational, and the pair explore bent themes with an Oriental flavor, while Gayle uses a collection of 4-, 6- and 12-string guitars to deliver his swirling, exotic explorations into the foundation of sound. You'll have a ball listening to each cut in a dark room, straining to try to figure out exactly how Gayle can possibly be getting the current aural result you're hearing. Do not administer this CD to anyone who is heavily medicated or undergoing undue emotional pressures. Feel free to experience when you have your act together.

alb Philip has been playing guitar for more than 20 years. As a child, he would endeavor to coax strange and scary noises from the family piano. Philip received a great deal of musical inspiration and knowledge when he lived in Japan for seven years after high school, and later began exploring avant garde music in 1991. In addtion to playing his own material, Philip also played with a number of Houston area bands, including The Texas Guiness Lovers. He has released a number of recordings, including "Keguribap", "Pnbna", "Moeru Mizu" (with Kato Yuko), "Solo Live '98" and "Mommy Roe", in addition to Hud Pes.

Gayle plans to split his time between the United States and Japan, and continue to do his music, no matter what. He just can't not do it.

Contact Information
Philip Gayle
Yabyum Productions
P.O. Box 70012
Houston, TX 77270
United States

E-mail: Philip Gayle
Web site: www.philipgayle.com

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Jeffrey Halford & The Healers

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Street-Wise, Acoustic/Electric Roots Rock

Robust, commanding acoustic guitar, greasy slide licks, scorched National Resolectric work, bright Telecaster tones and road-honed vocals. All these elements and more give Jeffery Halford & The Healers new CD, Hunkpapa, its characteristic personality and color. Favoring a storytelling songwriting style and stripped-down arrangements, the music ranges from rowdy romps such as "Memphis", "Crazy Horse" and "Black Gold", to songs that create a near-nightmarish, surreal environment such as ".44". The feel can go from an early Creedence or Allman Brothers flavor to a 'Led Zeppelin III' vibe, when Jimmy Page seemed to rediscover his acoustic axe. Halford's vocals seem to compliment the material perfectly, singing in a somewhat lower register than a lot of his contemporaries, which suits roots/blues/rock music to a 'T'. For a great example of how to fit righteous guitars in with quality songwirting, pick up a copy of Hunkpapa - and learn how it's done.

pic Born in Texas, Jeffrey grew up in and around Oakland, playing on the streets and working in blues bands. He also has been writing songs about as long as he's been playing guitar. Contributing to his songs content is the fact that Jeffrey moved over a dozen times growing up, which many believe is the secret behind writers in the roots/Americana genre. He is quite formidable on guitar, but has more in mind for his current projects. "I've always been a guitar head but this band is about songs," Halford explains. "The band brings a lot to the music. Some nights my guitar is raging. Sometimes I just get in the groove."

Halford and band plan to hit various clubs and festivals in order to promote the music on Hunkpapa. Several dates are lined up for April, and they will make an appearance at the Bear Valley Music Festival in California in late July.

Contact Information
Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
1443 Seward St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States

E-mail: Jeffrey Halford & The Healers
Web site: www.jeffreyhalford.com

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