Here is the latest single from Jeffrey Halford and The Healers. Dallas-born Halford has spent the last 30 years touring the USA and Europe with his band, playing alongside the likes of Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Gregg Allman, Etta James, John Hammond, Guy Clark and Robert Earl Keen. Recent albums like ‘West Towards South’ and ‘Soul Crusade’ have continued to win over critics and fans, including former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman.
Wyman had been watching Halford and his band for some time, enjoying their songs and their groove. When Wyman asked Halford to do his song ‘Mississippi Flyer’, there was no hesitation and Halford said: “It would be an honour.” Wyman says of the song and video: “I’d heard a lot of Jeffrey’s music, and thought the song might suit him. I had no idea how he would approach it – but guessed that he would do it in his own inimitable style. It surprised me, as he’d changed it a little, but it’s a really nice version – especially the video, which I love very much.” The video intersperses vintage photographs, and footage of the train and railroad tracks with Halford and the band playing and it’s an engaging accompaniment to an engrossing song.
Adam Rossi’s insistent drums and Mike Anderson’s thudding stand-up bass provide a great foundation for Tom Heyman and Halford’s grooving guitars. The real highlight is Halford’s sliding, stirring, bluesy riffs – that swampy slide guitar is outstanding. Enjoy.