"This past year tens of thousands of people have sent me personal messages sharing the pains and joys of their lives, writing to me about their own music, spiritual quests, guitar and songwriting questions, sending me their songs and their artwork. I've made an effort to read through the massive number of messages and comments, replying as often as possible and getting to know many beautiful, amazing people, making many new friends. I see that the songs really touched people, each in their own way. This is unbelievably gratifying and humbling to me. Can't wait to see you all on the road..."
Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his Dad's love for playing and listening to music - records playing at home, family trips to festivals and concerts...
"I grew up with the great North American songwriters - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell - they are all huge influences on me. I started writing songs in college and my lyrics reflect the long road of travels, days and nights on the road performing, raising my family, living in the Middle East for 20 years up close to both deeply painful tragedy and inspiration. I am an emotional man and my songwriting captures the fire and the tears, it keeps me balanced."
"I first heard Stevie Ray Vaughn live at 14 and my father also took me to hear Santana live - those were life-changing experiences - seeing masters who performed on a level of prayer through music on stage. That set my mind and heart on playing music for life. Stevie Ray taught the musicians of our generation where the blues came from. He wrote in his liner notes his beloved influences like Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and all the greats who paved the way for blues rock later. So like a lot of kids, I looked up the names on his records and a new world of music was opened to me. When I first heard Albert King I was stunned - it was just a killer sound - nothing like it."
"I was wild about Jeff Beck for years. A great experience for me was seeing Stevie Ray and Jeff Beck live at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987. When I went to college to major in music at Skidmore Collge, I really started getting into jazz. I studied under Milt Hinton, who was the bass player for Louis Armstrong, and with Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Gene Bertoncini who started with Carmen McRae and Buddy Rich and played with so many greats. Under their guidance I listened to a lot of Louis, and on the guitar I was playing a lot of things from Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian who both inspired me and those sparks come out in my playing to this day."
After graduating, an A&R exec at Atlantic Records heard the young artist and organized to send Lloyd to Nashville to record with producer Garry Tallent (E-Street Band). However, his life took a different direction when Lloyd was moved to accept an invitation by singer/songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach to relocate his musical career to Israel.
"After I married Ilana, whose parents were born and raised in Morocco and immigrated to Israel, I started to hear Middle Eastern music in my home for the first time and grew to love it. I wanted to learn the oud, but I realized that was going to take too long so I experimented with alternative tunings to incorporate it into my guitarplaying. I worked it into songs for example, like 'Moroccan Woman", written for my wife, and released on the 2015 album, and "Back Porch" on my 2013 "Lost on the Highway" album."
In 1994 Lloyd started a decade with the psychedelic Israeli jam band Reva L’Sheva. Continuing solo work on the side, Lazer began to attract international attention with his self-released folk-rock CD “Higher Ground” in 2004. His blues-rock power trio Yood expanded the ripples capturing fans with “Passin’ Over” (2007) and “Real People” (2008). In 2011 he put out “Lazer Lloyd Unplugged”, “Blues in Tel Aviv”, and the Hebrew song collection “Haneshama”. Then Lloyd’s 2012 “My Own Blues” electric release was named best blues album by the Israeli Blues Society and sent to the Memphis International Blues Competition.
Joe Morabia's Blues Leaf Records in Deal, NJ issued a solo Lazer Lloyd acoustic album, “Lost on the Highway” in August 2013, bringing in radio promoter Rick Lusher to expand airplay and charting in North America, Europe and beyond. His touring picked up steam with the addition of manager Yo Seidman.
Lazer moved to Lots of Love Records in Chicago to put out "Insides Out" a best of collection combining acoustic and electric tracks from earlier albums with a few live performances like "Set My Soul Free" from the Jerusalem Woodstock Revival festival.
On June 9th, 2015, Lots of Love Records put out Lloyd's first major international release, a self-titled album that introduced Lloyd's unique sound to a broader audience. Co-produced by Lloyd and his manager Yo Seidman, Lots of Love put together an experienced and talented team behind the album including CD artwork from Markus Greiner of Bloodshot Records, and PR support from Mark Pucci (past vice-President of Capricorn Records) and rising star radio promoter Rick Lusher. Rave reviews for the “Lazer Lloyd” CD flowed in from around the world.
Downbeat Magazine praised Lazers "exuberant vocals and razor sharp guitar work". Vintage Guitar magazine featured him as a talent to watch showing off his chops on "tough blues-rockers, soul ballads, and funky Hendrix-inspired rock".
“Fasten your seatbelts!” wrote 1970s Rolling Stone rock music sage Gary von Tersch of the self-titled "Lazer Lloyd" CD. He added, “I’m impressed by Lazer’s tight compositions”, “deeply expressive writing, plangent vocals and crackerjack guitar and harmonica”.
Elmore Magazine´s Jim Hynes compares him to Santana and Canadian music & arts veteran writer, Bob Mersereau calls him "Muddy Waters on electric steroids."
International reviews were glowing:
Wasser-Prawda in Germany was struck with blues-rock inspiration, "This is sacred music..."
Blues Magazine from Netherlands, "A more than excellent album..."
Keys and Chords from Belgium's wrote, "Palestinians and Israelis, listen to Lazer Lloyd and there will be peace".
Blues Matters in the UK wrote, "This CD was a revelation" and went on to do an extensive interview with Lloyd in 2016.
The album debuted at #4 on the RMR Blues Chart with five weeks in the top ten of this highly competitive chart in a packed summer with releases from greats Buddy Guy, Sonny Landreth and more. Ultimately "Lazer Lloyd" ranked #10 overall for 2015 among the top 200 Blues Rock Albums according to RMR with both the #2 blues rock song for the year, "Burning Thunder", and Lazer's "Broken Dreams" at #6.
Lazer's touring schedule in 2015 and 2016 took him all around the globe physically and his internet audience grew rapidly with millions watching, sharing and commenting on his videos on Facebook and Youtube.
Lloyd has recently performed in iconic concert spaces such as Blueberry Hill's Duck Room in St Louis, NYC's The Cutting Room, The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, The Old Town School of Folk Music and Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, Callahan's in Detroit, The Washington and The M-Shop in Iowa, festivals from coast to coast including SXSW. Upcoming highlights include at Grape Fest in Grapevine, TX, Smith's in Atlanta, Hugh's Room Live in Toronto, and more to be announced soon. Lloyd cycles monthly from
international touring to strings of concerts in his home base of Israel.
Lots of Love Records is preparing Lazer's Fall 2017 studio release (Sept. 29, 2017) entitled "Freedom's Child" including 12 new tracks. There are eleven Lazer Lloyd originals plus his take on Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" recorded with Grammy nominated producer & engineer David Ivory at his studio near Philadelphia.
As "Freedom's Child" is being prepared to spread around the world, Lazer is already on to the next project - recording an album with Eric Paul at Ricky Skaggs Studio in Nashville. One of Austin and Nashville's great producers, twice Grammy nominated Eric Paul (Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson etc) was encouraged to check Lazer out by a friend. After perusing Lazer Lloyd videos online, Paul called Lazer's manager Yo to say... "Who is this guy? He is amazing - I have to record him.." The timing was perfect.
The prolific songwriter sent a group of new songs to Eric and the producer promptly organized an all-star group of Nashville musicians to cut the tracks with Lazer. The Nashville session men on the project have hundreds of gold records to their credit -
Michael Rojas on keyboards, Michael Spriggs on rhythm guitar, Eddie Bayers on drums, and bass players Mark Fain and Eli Beaird. The combination is sheer heaven.
Between sessions Eric exclaimed to Yo, "This is just amazing, we are making music history right now do you realize that? At this time in our world it is hard to find singer/songwriter guitar players that have the musical insight and vision that Lazer Lloyd has..."
Lots of Love Records is working on plans to distribute the as yet un-named new record produced by Paul sometime in 2018.
But the early morning Lazer Lloyd global coffee and guitar chill club are already enjoying listening to him write his next songs...
See you on the road...