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MP3 Jeffrey Hayes - Songs for Squirrels

Country Folk Pop-produced by Berlin Indie Pop Star, Maximilian Hecker-Johnny Cash on L.S.D. with a handful of Gram Parsons thrown in.

"Stories from the nightmare corners of the American Dream"

Christine Wunnicke, 2/2/2005

8 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Country Folk, FOLK: Folk Pop

*special note-the streaming of this cd suffers from a transfer error, the cd itself does not reflect this!!

Jeffrey Hayes
"Songs for Squirrels"

"Songs for Squirrels" is Jeffrey Hayes'' third CD. His music has developed, is matured, but he always remains true to his lo-fi, stubborn, unique self.
Big feelings, longing, love, hope, despair; no frills, no false bottom, dry and understated - Jeffrey''s anti-kitsch-formula can be trusted. Stories from the nightmare corners of the American Dream: People on the road, the endless highway, truck-stops, airports, and if need be, they also run away on foot. Fleeting encouters, and everyone must be off in a moment, heading south, heading west ... the last song is called "anywhere but here". And everywhere it''s raining. And watch out for the angels!
And for the trees.
Speaking of trees: What''s he doing with this tree that looks like his love?

Jeffrey Hayes
"Songs for Squirrels"

"Songs for Squirrels" ist Jeffrey Hayes'' dritte CD. Sein Stil hat sich entwickelt, ist gereift, und doch blieb er sich völlig treu: eigensinning, einzigartig Lo-Fi.
Große Gefühle, Sehnsucht, Liebe, Hoffnung, Verzweiflung, keine Schnörkel, kein doppelter Boden; alles trocken und understated, auf Jeffreys Anti-Kitsch-Formel ist Verlass. Geschichten aus dem Alptraum-Winkel des amerikanischen Traums: Leute unterwegs, der ewige Highway, Truckstops, Flughäfen, und zur Not fliehen sie auch zu Fuß. Kurze Begegnungen, und alle müssen gleich wieder weg, nach Süden, nach Westen ... der letzte Song heißt "anywhere but here". Und überall fällt Regen. Und passen Sie auf, es gibt Engel!
Und Bäume.
Apropos Bäume: Was tut er eigentlich mit diesem Baum, der aussieht wie die Liebste?
Jeffrey Hayes
The story
Jeffrey Hayes was born in 1969 and grew up in the Watchung Mountains of New Jersey. Ten kids, Jeffrey the youngest. Dad´s filling station doesn´t feed the family. When the gas bill has not been paid you put a camping-stove on top of the gas-stove and cook dinner anyway. When Jeffrey is six, his mother dies. He realizes that singing feels good, preferably alone in the woods, sad songs for the squirrels. Country and Hillbilly, his parents'' favourite, the older siblings'' Rock´n´Roll, the songs from sunday school - everything blends and it blends well.

Jeffrey finds a guitar. There is no way back now. One day he finds himself in New York City. He plays street-corners. He discovers the Ramones. A new bl
end, folk with the ''fuck-it''-attitude of punk rock, it´s weird, it´s perfect. Jeffrey moves to Los Angeles. Gigs in coffee houses, homemade cassettes, odd jobs to survive. He sings and dreams. Drugs help him dream and nearly kill him. He opts against it. In 1998 he visits a friend in Germany and stays. Music for Munich street-corners. Then the first CD, "tree", produced in his bedroom. Critical acclaim. Two tours supporting Ani Difranco. Mainstream and riches? Not really. Jeffrey writes new songs, he plays with his band, then solo again, more touring,he has family now, a wife and two dogs, and from time to time, in the small hours, Gram Parson´s ghost drops by and recently also Dee Dee Ramone. "We don´t need no wings now baby/ To set our dreams on high ..."

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