Jeff Norwood grew up on a farm in the sandhills region of South Carolina, where he worked as a field hand and a tractor driver in his early years. His first exposure to roots music and blues was in the homes of field hands and in country juke joints. After seeing Johnny Winter perform a show in Columbia, SC, a young Jeff Norwood bought a beat up National resonator guitar at a junk sale and began a lifelong musical journey.
Jeff started out performing in small town dance halls and backwoods juke joints. Leaving the farm for the city, Norwood played in several rock acts, culminating in the debut of his band, The Headnecks, first CD on college radio playlists nationwide. After the demise of The Headnecks, Norwood apprenticed himself to R&B greats, The Drifters, and later, The Tams, working as road manager, sound man and fill-in band member whenever possible. He traveled through Mississippi to learn and experience the Blues at the hands of such notables as Odell Harris, Robert Belfour, T- Model Ford, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, the Late Paul"Wine"Jones and others. Jeff also toured and worked with Drink Small, known as 'The Blues Doctor', for his mastery of Blues and Gospel styles.
Equally comfortable playing solo or with a band, Jeff stays busy performing, mostly in the Southeast US. Jeff is also listed on the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Roster for Performing Arts in Education and presents both instructional and performance workshops on roots music and its origins.
Norwood has performed at several notable Blues related music festivals including The former King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AK, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston,SC, The Juke Joint Fest in Clarksdale, MS, and The Riverwalk Blues Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He has played infamous jukes and blues clubs throughout the Southeast and is a well known fixture in the island bars and beach dives of the South Carolina Low Country.
Norwood is focused on the preservation of the traditional music and culture of the American Southeast as is reflected in his music: an original blend of traditional and not-so-modern elements bound together with the primal pulse of a backwoods, moonshine-drenched Saturday night. Norwood's sound is authentic and original roots/blues that manages to resonate with new listeners without sacrificing tradtional values. Jeff is currently performing in support of his new release, entitled "Awendaw" , which is steadily gaining airplay on roots and blues radio worldwide.