MP3 Jeffrey Altergott - Don't Be a Stranger
A collection of acoustic songs about love and longing. Intimately performed to be more reminiscent of Jeff''s live solo performances, this album has a distinct house concert feel.
11 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Folk Pop, ROCK: Acoustic
Yep, that''s me in the photos up there. You can see when this all got started. Back then I was really more interested in listening to music than playing it. My aunts gifted me a collection of Billboard''s top ten 45s dating from 1962 to 1966 and I would listen to them all day long on my little suitcase record player. It wasn''t until I was thirteen that I purchased my first guitar and started to take lessons.
In high school, I set out to learn every Rush song ever written. I loved them and only them. Though, I did have a brief affair with Blue Oyster Cult before leaving for college. There, I became friends with a DJ at our school''s radio station. He introduced me to the music of The Smiths, The Cure, R.E.M and Laurie Anderson. I was so taken with all this new music, I even started DJing at the station and co-fronted an alt-rock cover band.
The road from playing Alex Lifeson guitar licks to being a singer-songwriter who sounds more like a hopeful Elliot Smith than Robert Smith has been a fun ride. The focus on acoustic music and songwriting happened in the early 90''s when I discovered the music of the Indigo Girls and Tracy Chapman. I became ravenous for anything in this genre and traded in my Les Paul for an acoustic guitar.
It wasn''t until I saw Jeffrey Gains open for Melissa Etheridge at the Chicago Theater that I heard my calling. He was just one man with a guitar captivating an audience with his songs and I knew then what I wanted to do.
Since then, I have performed mostly as a solo act, though my first two releases Icarus Gounded (2000) and Runt (2004) featured predominantly full band arrangements. My new CD, Don''t Be a Stranger, is an acoustic collection of songs intimately performed to be more reminiscent of my live shows. I strived to create an experience that removes the barrier between artist and listener - where we''re just hanging out and I happen to be the guy with the guitar.
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