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Jeff Kloetzel Releases New CD “Long Time Coming” (Autumn 2014)
The incredibly popular singer-songwriter Jeff Kloetzel has just released his latest CD, “Long Time Coming!” Fans will remember that Jeff won the first-ever Southern Oregon “Rising Stars” music competition in 2012. He used the prize of recording time to record this new CD. He’s also been named in the Sneak Preview 2014 Reader Poll as “Best Local Musician/Singer,” a most-deserving honor.
With the able assistance of several fine studio/performing musicians (Bret Levick, Jeff Pevar, Don Harriss, Jeff Stanley, Bob Evoniuk, Matthew Kriemelman and others) from our music-rich Southern Oregon community, listeners will appreciate subtle texture, rich spice and fiery spark to the 12 new tunes. Jeff’s soulful vocals and rhythmic acoustic guitar work lead the music through diverse genres, from modern folk-pop to soul, country-tinged rock to Americana and simple singer-songwriter material. Lyrics speak of love, loss, longing and loneliness, and also of journeys, jokes and joy. The arrangements move from full-throttle band numbers to stripped-down, mellow acoustic tracks. There’s something for everyone on this CD.
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RECOGNITION & AWARDS:
"Best/Favorite Local Musician/Singer" - 5-Time Winner (Feb. 2023, 2021, 2020, 2018 & 2014), as voted by readership of the Rogue Valley's Sneak Preview "Best Of" annual polls.
"Best Local Musician/Singer" top 5 finisher, 2013 - 2023, in the Rogue Valley's Sneak Preview "Best Of" annual reader polls.
Winner, RISING STARS Music Competition, 2012 - held in Southern Oregon. The win included a recording session, various prizes and an opening performance slot at the Britt Festival for the Natalie Merchant concert.
I've done several art/music collaborations with Jacksonville artist Cammy Davis over the past several years. Cammy often paints to specific music, and the video included here was for a piece called "Come Back To Me" (from the song of the same title on my 2014 album). Her sister Teri Harris filmed the effort, which was conceived/directed by Jez Kline. It took me 3 days to get all the paint off myself afterwards! A link to Cammy's website : http://cammydavis.com/
"...polished, sublime performances"... "mixes his originals with a lot of classic covers"... "This is no ballad-dependent soft-pedal coffee house churner of cliche hits"... "the guitar equivalent to patrons swirling their wine before savoring the accentuated notes of the varietal their glasses hold" - Rogue Valley Messenger
"Like a fine wine, Jeff Kloetzel just gets better... he's got just the right mix" - Ashland Daily Tidings
~"[an] always delightful troubadour" - Southern Oregon Magazine
"rhythmic guitar chops and soulful vocals" - Medford Mail-Tribune
"incredibly popular... one of the preeminent working artists of the Rogue Valley" - Jacksonville Review
"outstanding acoustic guitar" - AllMusic.com
"A serious songwriter...clear & strong...give a listen" - Waikiki News
"acoustic guitar, rich and relaxed" - Honolulu Weekly
"Jeff K is a seasoned island troubadour" - Honolulu Advertiser