Good Day Noir Family,
our “E.A.Poets Approved/Bands We Like” section is dedicated to Jeff Symonds, I discovered this Artist on Spotify, and instantly I liked the variety of his compositions.
Jeff Symonds’ music is varied and intriguing. A musician who knows music and doesn’t just get stuck in a genre.
Listening to his songs I found country, rock, folk, alternative living together in this sound experience.
Beautiful songs played excellently by this magnificent musician.
You can hear that Jeff has spent a lot of time on studios and stages to find this enviable tranquility and confidence while playing, that shines through his recordings.
The songs are well thought out, a perfect chord progression, and a masterful execution, honestly I found no fault in the productions of this artist.
The timbre of the voice, warm and decisive, distinguish even more the style of this eclectic artist.
The mix is very well done and leaves the right space for each musical element for an excellent sound balance.
Riverrun is Jeff Symonds’ Album Out Now!
A talented musician capable of great things!
Sometimes, when you go to show, it’s clear that one of the band members just outside the spotlight is the straw that stirs the drink, the glue that holds it together. For 25 years, Jeff Symonds has played that role in the Bay Area, as a band member, a session and touring musician, a last-minute sub for a big gig, a guy you call when you need to audition twenty other musicians for a new project, a late-night jam. If you trace the spider web of the projects Jeff’s been involved with, you’ll discover a who’s who of Bay Area musicians. From national TV performances to Wednesday-night open mics, from audiences of 10,000 to 10, Jeff has been there, two steps to the left, holding it together, letting it all hang out.
In March, Jeff decided to head into the studio himself and record his own tunes for the first time since a college demo tape. The plan was to put two or three songs down just for himself, but after playing the initial results for a few friends, it was clear that something special was happening. A few months later, Jeff had made literally the record of his life, an old-school double album concept record about moving from childhood to adulthood and the lessons along the way. After years of helping dozens of artists bring their sound to life, Jeff now has his own.
Jeff plays virtually every instrument on Riverrun— drums, keys, bass, guitars— along with some inspired help from some of his closest friends. Riverrun is a classic rock record in the best sense of that word—timeless, ambitious, and instantly memorable. It draws from The Who and Husker Du’s explosiveness, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello’s songcraft, The Police and Joe Jackson’s propulsion, all filtered through Jeff’s sensibilities. It’s the kind of record that a lifetime in music prepares you to make, a record we didn’t know we needed until hearing it.