Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his Dad’s love for playing and listening to music – records playing at home, family trips to festivals and concerts…
“I grew up with the great North American songwriters – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell – they are all huge influences on me. I started writing songs in college and my lyrics reflect the long road of travels, days and nights on the road performing, raising my family, living in the Middle East for 20 years up close to both deeply painful tragedy and inspiration. I am an emotional man and my songwriting captures the fire and the tears, it keeps me balanced.”
“I first heard Stevie Ray Vaughn live at 14 and my father also took me to hear Santana live – those were life-changing experiences – seeing masters who performed on a level of prayer through music on stage. That set my mind and heart on playing music for life. Stevie Ray taught the musicians of our generation where the blues came from. He wrote in his liner notes his beloved influences like Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and all the greats who paved the way for blues rock later. So like a lot of kids, I looked up the names on his records and a new world of music was opened to me. When I first heard Albert King I was stunned – it was just a killer sound – nothing like it.”
“I was wild about Jeff Beck for years. A great experience for me was seeing Stevie Ray and Jeff Beck live at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987. When I went to college to major in music at Skidmore Collge, I really started getting into jazz. I studied under Milt Hinton, who was the bass player for Louis Armstrong, and with Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Gene Bertoncini who started with Carmen McRae and Buddy Rich and played with so many greats. Under their guidance I listened to a lot of Louis, and on the guitar I was playing a lot of things from Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian who both inspired me and those sparks come out in my playing to this day.”
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.
“After I married Ilana, whose parents were born and raised in Morocco and immigrated to Israel, I started to hear Middle Eastern music in my home for the first time and grew to love it. I wanted to learn the oud, but I realized that was going to take too long so I experimented with alternative tunings to incorporate it into my guitarplaying. I worked it into songs for example, like ‘Moroccan Woman”, written for my wife, and released on the 2015 album, and “Back Porch” on my 2013 “Lost on the Highway” album.”
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 solo 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.
Lazer moved to Lots of Love Records in Chicago to put out “Insides Out” a best of collection combining acoustic and electric tracks from earlier albums with a few live performances like “Set My Soul Free” from the Jerusalem Woodstock Revival festival.
On June 9th, 2015, Lots of Love Records put out Lloyd’s first major international release, a self-titled album that introduced Lloyd’s unique sound to a broader audience. Co-produced by Lloyd and his manager Yo Seidman, Lots of Love put together an experienced and talented team behind the album including CD artwork from Markus Greiner of Bloodshot Records, and PR support from Mark Pucci (past vice-President of Capricorn Records) and rising star radio promoter Rick Lusher. Rave reviews for the “Lazer Lloyd” CD flowed in from around the world.
Downbeat Magazine praised Lazers “exuberant vocals and razor sharp guitar work”. Vintage Guitar magazine featured him as a talent to watch showing off his chops on “tough blues-rockers, soul ballads, and funky Hendrix-inspired rock”.
“Fasten your seatbelts!” wrote 1970s Rolling Stone rock music sage Gary von Tersch of the self-titled “Lazer Lloyd” CD. He added, “I’m impressed by Lazer’s tight compositions”, “deeply expressive writing, plangent vocals and crackerjack guitar and harmonica”.
Elmore Magazine´s Jim Hynes compares him to Santana and Canadian music & arts veteran writer, Bob Mersereau calls him “Muddy Waters on electric steroids.”
International reviews were glowing:
Wasser-Prawda in Germany was struck with blues-rock inspiration, “This is sacred music…”
Blues Magazine from Netherlands, “A more than excellent album…”
Keys and Chords from Belgium’s wrote, “Palestinians and Israelis, listen to Lazer Lloyd and there will be peace”.
Blues Matters in the UK wrote, “This CD was a revelation” and went on to do an extensive interview with Lloyd in 2016.
The album debuted at #4 on the RMR Blues Chart with five weeks in the top ten of this highly competitive chart in a packed summer with releases from greats Buddy Guy, Sonny Landreth and more. Ultimately “Lazer Lloyd” ranked #10 overall for 2015 among the top 200 Blues Rock Albums according to RMR with both the #2 blues rock song for the year, “Burning Thunder”, and Lazer’s “Broken Dreams” at #6.
Lazer’s touring schedule in 2015 and 2016 took him all around the globe physically and his internet audience grew rapidly with millions watching, sharing and commenting on his videos on Facebook and Youtube.
This 2017 Lazer is kicking off the year by appearing at iconic venues and releasing a new Lots of Love Records studio album entitled “AMERICA” this spring.
See you on the road…