Weekly Vinyl – Jeff Healey

1 Jan

See the Light
The Jeff Healey Band
(1988)

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Jeff Healey grew up not too far from where I live now. For those that might not know, Healey was a blind guitarist who played the guitar in a unique way – it lay on his lap.
This was his first album and created quite a sensation back when it was released. This was in the last era of a blues music revival… when the blues as a genre was played on the radio and there were lots of musicians working with this music. Heady times…
With the record on you can clearly hear the musical influences that Healey has taken to heart, Willie Dixon, B.B. King, Muddy Waters. These are the roots but I can’t help hearing a lot of Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn in his music.
I have not heard this album in a very long while – I even forgot I had it. It was wonderful to rediscover this album. It was also sad to remember that Healey passed away a few years ago and won’t create any more music.
Well, I have this great album. 

 

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