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Jeffrey Halford makes good with new album

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San Francisco guitarist and songwriter Jeffrey Halford is a blazing blues and roots musician who, with his band the Healers, has crisscrossed the country with national acts and received rave reviews for his scorching, driving R&B.

Halford's latest album, Rainmaker, is a sharp and engaging record of down-home Americana and raucous rock and roll. From the buzzing slide guitars of the rambling "Lost Highway" to the searing organs of "Vinyl" and the surprisingly poignant acoustic ballad "Thunderbird Motel," the whole record is a compelling, pulsing collection of rugged tunes. Halford channels the dustbowls of the American southwest, the humid plains of the Midwest and the colorful hills of his hometown San Francisco, especially on his foot-stomping ode to the City, "North Beach."

This week, Jeffrey Halford & the Healers make their way to Sonoma County, when KRSH hosts Halford and company on Aug. 7 as part of its Backyard Concert series. Eclectic Marin blues outfit the Tazmanian Devils open the free show. Halford also plays the Sonoma County Fair, Sunday, Aug. 10.

Jeffrey Halford & the Healers play on Thursday, Aug. 7, at KRSH, 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. 6pm. Free. 707.588.9999.

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