Lazer Lloyd 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Afew weeks after performing his first acoustic solo show at the Yellow Submarine
in Jerusalem, Lazer Lloyd was beaming.
“You have to listen to this,” he
said, handing over a homemade Lazer Lloyd Unplugged CD, a recording of the July
On the tracks, including a slew of originals as well as covers of
Bob Dylan’s “All along the Watchtower” and The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently
Weeps,” it sounds like a symphony of guitars creating multitones and harmonics.
But it’s actually only Lloyd, the gifted singer/songwriter from the haredi
neighborhood of Ramat Beit Shemesh who, with his band Yood and on his own, has
slowly established himself as the country’s premier blues guitarist.
didn’t even know that the technician at the sound board was recording the show.
But when I got home, it was ‘Wow!’ there are some things there I really liked,”
said Lloyd. “I’m going to keep some of the live tracks and rerecord some of the
other material in the studio.”
The result will make up the content for a
follow-up to an album that is ironically only being released next week – Lloyd’s
first solo acoustic effort, Faith in the Blues
Described by Lloyd as
“very personal, traditional and laid back,” Faith in the Blues
, featuring the
singles “Lost on the Highway” and “Jericho Blues,” got its inspiration from
sporadic mini-sets Lloyd would perform during his band shows.
last couple of years, I would do an acoustic number or two in the middle of our
shows, and some people seemed to like it better than the rocking out blues
Then about a year ago, someone said, ‘Wow! We like this
so much, why don’t you make an album?’” Lloyd said the finished work was his
first album he was really satisfied with.
“There’s really something pure
The surprise came, however, when he began performing solo
acoustic shows throughout the summer in anticipation of the album’s
“When I got in front of an audience, I found something a little
I tuned my guitar three steps down and used other special
tuning, and I figured out all these ways to make a big sound.
it and think it’s three guitars.”
The enthusiastic response – and
standing-room-only audiences – to the acoustic shows have reminded Lloyd of
something that he’s always known: There’s more than one way to play the
“I’ve realized that a lot of people like the blues, but sometimes,
for example, when they go online and listen to my electric stuff, it seems too
heavy,” he said. “When I do my band show, I tend to stretch into Allman Brothers
and Jimi Hendrix territory. For some people that’s too much; they want to have
That’s what they’ll get – plus a lot more – when Lloyd holds
his record release parties next week for Faith in the Blues
on September 12 at
Cafe Avram in Jerusalem and September 15 at Mama Lamish in Tel Aviv, which he
described as a ‘Sheinkin-style cafe on King George Street that’s run by Chabad
guys.’” It seems like the acoustic side of Lloyd is here to stay, as even during
his full band shows he’s continuing to perform a few solo numbers in the
”I want people to see that other side of me,” he explained. “My
favorite show of all time was Neil Young. He came out and played acoustic for 40
minutes and then came on with the band and totally rocked out. Baruch Hashem,
that’s the way I like it.”