Calgary International Blues Festival (2016)
Lazer Lloyd is a genre-defying singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist whose self-titled CD on Chicago's Lots of Love Records was the #3 blues rock album of 2015. Critics brought comparisons to "Santana's best work" (Elmore) and "Muddy Waters on electric steroids" (CBC's Bob Mersereau). Downbeat Magazine praised Lazer's "exuberant vocals and razor sharp guitar". Vintage Guitar Magazine featured him as one to watch and praised his wide-ranging mastery of "tough blues-rockers, soul ballads, and funky Hendrix-inspired rock".
Whether smoking hot or meditative, Lloyd's unique style is forged through the white-hot furnace of his three insatiable loves: songwriting, guitar, and communicating with the audience. At the core he notes is, "Blues, roots rock, folk, it's real; it's about everyone's life story and it heals."
The trailblazing musician's live shows and his brand of Americana, blues and psychedelic roots rock are legendary in his home base Israel. He is now blowing down the doors of clubs and festivals worldwide. Major influences include BB King, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, Santana, and Middle Eastern oud.
Lazer is currently working on three new albums: America, a collection of Americana songs with the title track "America" recorded with Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory in early 2016, an instrumental album of some of his greatest guitar jams, and a brand new high octane blues and southern rock album working with acclaimed producer Ben Elliot at American Showplace Studios backed by master blues and rock drummer Sim Cain (Rollins Band) and southern bass genius T.A. James.
An avalanche of music fans discovered Lazer Lloyd on Facebook through his video posts at the start of the year including "New Years Blues (Tears for Dikla)" which has been viewed 3 million times and shared over 30,000 times with 5,000+ emotional comments from around the word followed by many other viral videos such as "Living Is To Struggle" with a theme of healing and the human ability to strengthen each other through music, shared stories, mutual respect and kindness. A community is building as Lazer Lloyd fans drive out for many hours to see his live shows and meet him and each other in person.
Lazer Lloyd was born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his father's jazz and blues records. Family trips to jazz festivals and concerts, including Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughn, inspired him to follow a musician's path. By age 15 he was playing lead guitar along the East Coast with his first band a garage rock unit called Legacy. He started singing and writing songs while a music major at Skidmore College and studied under greats such as Ellington's bassist Milt Hinton and Blood, Sweat & Tears' Randy Brecker.
After graduating an A&R exec at Atlantic Records heard the young artist and organized to send Lloyd to Nashville to record with producer Garry Tallent (E-Street Band). However, his life took a different direction when Lloyd was moved to accept an invitation by singer/songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach to relocate his musical career to Israel.
In 1994 Lloyd started a decade with the psychedelic Israeli jam band Reva L'Sheva. Continuing solo work on the side, Lazer began to attract international attention with his self-released folk-rock CD Higher Ground in 2004. His blues-rock power trio Yood expanded the ripples capturing fans with Passin' Over (2007) and "Real People" (2008). In 2011 he put out "Lazer Lloyd Unplugged", "Blues in Tel Aviv", and the Hebrew song collection "Haneshama". Then Lloyd's 2012 "My Own Blues" electric release was named best blues album by the Israeli Blues Society and sent to the Memphis International Blues Competition.
Joe Morabia's Blues Leaf Records in Deal, NJ issued a Lazer Lloyd acoustic album, "Lost on the Highway" in August 2013, bringing in radio promoter Rick Lusher to expand airplay and charting in North America, Europe and beyond. His touring picked up steam with the addition of manager Yo Seidman. On June 9th 2015, the Lazer Lloyd CD with PR support from Mark Pucci and radio promotion from Lusher. Rave reviews for Lazer Lloyd flowed in from around the world, ranked top 3 on the RMR blues rock chart the entire summer holding in the top 10 through 2015, and peaked at #4 on the RMR blues chart.