Jeff Michaels of Even Elroy | Red Jacket

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Red Jacket

by Jeff Michaels of Even Elroy

Jeff Michaels' accomplished piano skills and insightful lyrics combine for superbly crafted songwriting on this stellar debut CD. Fans of Ben Folds apply here. Features Steve Bowman (Counting Crows)and members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Falling Jeff Michaels
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2. Going Back to Bed Jeff Michaels
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3. Don't Shine Jeff Michaels
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4. Ciarda Jeff Michaels
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5. This Life Jeff Michaels
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6. Last Grey Ocean Jeff Michaels
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7. Stuck! Jeff Michaels
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8. Ballad of Sam Browning Jeff Michaels
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9. Long Afternoon Jeff Michaels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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PLEASE NOTE: NEW RECORD "Nothing's Really Changed"
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"A stunning debut from a highly talented writer..."

With a voice similar to Ben Folds and a flowing piano style comparable to Elton John, you might expect the debut album from San Francisco based singer/songwriter Jeff Michaels to be just another album full of sappy piano ballads or a rip off of a style that's been done many times before. But the unique sound of RED JACKET hits you right from the pounding, opening piano chords, and you quickly realize this is not the case.

Red Jacket spans the spectrum of alt rock to intimate singer/songwriter prose, all done with a radio ready major label production quality and obvious attention to the art of song crafting.

Red Jacket features some of Northern California's finest musicians, including Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind), Matt Blackett (Luce, Guitar Player Magazine), and members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Highlight tracks include the catchy Going Back To Bed, and the poignant Ciarda and Ballad of Sam Browning.

"I'm a big fan of story songs," says Michaels, citing Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows and Bruce Springsteen as two of his mentors. "I think if you can somehow immortalize someone in a song, and make a listener step into their shoes for just a moment and really feel what their life is like, if only just for a moment... well, then you've done your job as a songwriter."

Red Jacket producer Adam Rossi (Luce, Kenny G, Savage Garden) refers to the album as New Frontier Rock. Whether that new frontier may be providing accompaniment for a drive down the coast or just a rainy afternoon, this record will undoubtedly find its way to the repeat playlists of iPods and CD players for years to come.


ABOUT THE BAND...
Even Elroy came together in the summer of 2003 when Michaels began recruiting band members in support of his debut album. Since then, the group has performed all throughout Northern California, building up a solid following with their unique blend of quirkiness and pure rock in their highly energetic live act. They have sold hundreds of records while earning their mark as a headlining act with performances at such notable venues as Slims in San Francisco, as well as appearing live on the Bay Area's KFOG 104.5FM.

Michaels is also a multiple-award winning member of the West Coast Songwriters Association, and the original keyboardist for the acclaimed San Francisco band LUCE, who's song Good Day graced the national airwaves and appeared in shows on NBC, the WB, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey), and 13 Going on 30 (Jennifer Garner).


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Dana Weir

Addictive piano/pop
This CD is superb! I am glad to know there are original artists making great music. This CD has everything you would want....catchy tunes, clever lyrics, a positive feel to it, and you just wanna listen over and over again.

Deborah

Red Jacket - This skillful, catchy pop-rock album is a winner
A friend from San Francisco turned me on to Red Jacket, and I couldn't be more glad he did.
On first listen, I was impressed by this album's powerful piano and pleasantly catchy melodies. On further review I became aware of Jeff Michael's impressive lyrics which span the clever, insightful, observant, and poignant.
I must give warning, though, that this album has an addictive element. I find myself many mornings waking up with an Even Elroy song in my head and a smile on my face. I can't wait until Even Elroy plans a West Coast tour so that I can see them here in Seattle.

Eric Benz

More piano, please!
It's about time a piano rock band came back around to leave off where Ben Folds Five left off. I saw Even Elroy play at San Francisco's Last Day Saloon and the rocked the place til the late hours. When I got home, I had to check out this disc. Though this CD isn't much like a Ben Folds release, the songs on it scream of Billy Joel licks and even a few Elton John melodies. It's great to hear another piano/guitar blended band live again. The CD is a great addition to your collection and seeing the band is a MUST!

Matt C.

Awsome Band Album
This CD has a sound all its own definately easy to listen to as well as fun. The instruments mesh together well (especially live) and have made me want to dance more than a few times. Live it sounded pretty good at G. st. but sounded even better with that real sound system at UCD Picnic Day. Keep cranking out the music guys. I am sure you guys should be able to find a label that is willing to pick you guys up. I know if I was an exec i would.

Stefanie D.

Awesome, awesome, awesome!
This is by far my favorite CD to listen to in the car. The smooth piano rock keeps me mellow while driving in traffic in So-Cal. With all the crap out there on the radio today, it is refreshing to know that bands like Even Elroy are out there, and good music is not dead!