Hello dear friends!
A quick one today. We are very pleased to announce a brand new release from the vaults – ‘Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion‘! It’s the perfect bookend to critically acclaimed ‘lost’ Jeff Healey album, ‘Heal My Soul’ and 2016 in general, a year which saw an incredible continuous celebration of what would have been Jeff’s 50th birthday.
Compiled by the Jeff Healey Estate, the album features five rare Healey studio tracks that were all recorded during the same time period as ‘Heal My Soul’ (‘96-’98) and a concert recorded in 1999 – a live snapshot of a brilliant performer at the top of his game. With liner notes once again by yours truly and a number of fantastic, previously unpublished photos, ‘Holding On’ is a must have for any fan.
The record will be released at the beginning of December worldwide, courtesy once again of our dear friends at Convexe Entertainment and Mascot/Provogue.
Here is a quick taste… Jeff and our pal, the inimitable Pat Rush ripping into ‘I Can’t Get My Hands On You‘, live in Oslo! Dig!
It has been a jam packed year… It began with JazzFM rerunning Jeff’s popular radio show, ‘My Kinda Jazz’ and broadcasting a live to air concert with ‘Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards’ on Jeff’s birthday. It continued with the much anticipated release of the critically acclaimed ‘lost’ Jeff Healey album ‘Heal My Soul’ – An album recognized by critics around the globe who praised the “Stunning timeless recordings” (- Buddy Guy’s Blues & Music News) and stated that this “Might be the best sounding album of his career” (- Classic Rock: The Blues). When The Daily Mirror went on to call Heal My Soul “Astonishing” and Classic Rock Magazine said that “Healey never sounded more alive” It was a bittersweet validation of all the hard work and love that was put into the project…
In May, The Estate, with production partners Live Nation put on a spectacular concert at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall, ‘Jeff Healey: A 50th Celebration’. The show featured performances by Philip Sayce, Canadian superstars The Trews, Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth, Albert Lee, Special Guest Randy Bachman and more! All proceeds were donated to World Eye Cancer Hope (WECHope) and organization that works with pediatric retinoblastoma patients (rb is the cancer that cost Jeff his sight by the age of one).
On July 1st (Canada Day), Convexe Entertainment released a special digital single of Jeff covering the Canadian classic ‘Oh, What A Feeling!’, recorded live at Jeff’s club just a few short months before his untimely passing.
This September, Jeff was inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, joining such luminaries as Oscar Petersen and Ronnie Hawkins.
Also in September, the cult classic that still stands out for so many Jeff Healey fans, ‘Road House’, was re-released as a special 2 disc blu-ray set by Shout Factory (with a brand new featurette ‘The Music Of Road House’ focusing on Jeff’s contributions).
…and now ‘Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion‘!
Stay tuned folks, more details coming soon!