Good luck trying to pin a music genre on singer-songwriter Lazer Lloyd. In an attempt to do so, however, you can hear him live one night only — Sept. 14 — at the Inn at the Square’s special events venue, 118 E. Court in Greenwood.
This will be the area’s first opportunity to be introduced to the artist’s music as he winds his way along the East Coast, heading here from Asheville, North Carolina.
Lloyd’s show is billed as an Americana roots rock show, introducing new material from his upcoming album “Torn,” but there are plenty of hints of folk, blues and country in his style.
An international recording artist, singer-songwriter and guitarist, Lloyd sings about life’s struggle for love, meaning and the strength to hang on and discover joy along the way. His connection with each audience makes every show a new journey with acoustic heart and electric fire.
“As a young songwriter and guitar player, I loved Neil Young with his super-sensitive acoustic and singing just suddenly firing it up with searing guitar,” Lloyd said in a news release.
“I first heard Stevie Ray Vaughn live at 14 and my father also took me to hear Santana live,” he said. “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.”
“Torn,” scheduled for release about February, takes Lloyd’s recorded music to a new level featuring 13 original tracks focusing on the artist’s heart-penetrating songwriting. The album is a collaboration between Lloyd and two experienced producers – Eric Paul in Nashville and Chris Bell in Wimberley, Texas. Paul is known for his path-breaking Americana work with Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and more. Paul arranged to record Lloyd at Ricky Skaggs Studio in Nashville with a backing band of talented musicians (Michael Rojas on keyboards, Michael Spriggs on rhythm guitar, Eddie Bayers on drums, and bass players Mark Fain and Eli Beaird).
A single from “Torn,” “Stay With Me Woman,” will be available at the show, along with other CD releases and various merchandise.
To complete the album, Lazer found inspiration in the red dirt of Oklahoma and Texas working with many times Grammy nominated Chris Bell (Don Henley, Eagles, Erykah Badu, Luther Dickinson, Eric Johnson etc.) at Billy Crockett’s Blue Rock Studios in Wimberley with a group of young Tulsa musicians. The sound achieved is warm, real and soul transforming.
Also on the album is Lloyd’s hit Americana anthem “Backstreets,” from his “Help Is On Its Way” album, which took off as a single in 2018. The song went on to pass a million streams on Spotify, going viral on Facebook and YouTube and winning the admiration of Texas veteran DJs Mama T and Ken Murray.
Lloyd’s powerful vocal and acoustic guitar playing was recorded in one take with no edits or overdubs and shines a spotlight on this artist’s talent as a singer-songwriter as well as a guitarist beloved for his solos and instrumental pieces around the world.
Others’ take on Lazer
Following are what some reviewers have had to say and write about Lazer Lloyd:
“Lazer Lloyd is a remarkable performer but even more, he has a magical charisma and aura on stage that is both wonderful and unique. He lit up our crowd at the Mammoth Festival with great songs, incendiary guitar and a wonderful presence and message.” – Jim Vanko, co-producer 23rd Annual Festival at Mammoth Lakes
“Fasten your seat belts!” I’m impressed by Lazer’s tight compositions, deeply expressive writing, plangent vocals and crackerjack guitar and harmonica.” — Gary von Tersch, Rolling Stone rock music sage
“Razor sharp guitar and exuberant vocals.” — Downbeat
“He puts soul into every note he sings and plays.” — Tahoe Onstage
“Johnny Cash meets Steve Earle...” — Digital Journal
“Lloyd’s guitar skills are impeccable, with a rich, deep vocal delivery ... a consummate musician, writer and storyteller” — Don & Sheryl Crow (Nashville Blues Society)
“Muddy Waters on electric steroids.” — Bob Mersereau, Canadian music and arts veteran writer