Lazer Lloyd is a singer/songwriter and virtuoso guitarist born in New York and raised in Connecticut surrounded by his Dad's love for playing and listening to music - records playing at home, family trips to festivals and concerts...
"I grew up with the great North American songwriters - Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell - they are all huge influences on me. I started writing songs in college and my lyrics reflect the long road of travels, days and nights on the road performing, raising my family, living in the Middle East for 20 years up close to both deeply painful tragedy and inspiration. I am an emotional man and my songwriting captures the fire and the tears, it keeps me balanced."
"I first heard Stevie Ray Vaughn live at 14 and my father also took me to hear Santana live - 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. Stevie Ray taught the musicians of our generation where the blues came from. He wrote in his liner notes his beloved influences like Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and all the greats who paved the way for blues rock later. So like a lot of kids, I looked up the names on his records and a new world of music was opened to me. When I first heard Albert King I was stunned - it was just a killer sound - nothing like it."
"I was wild about Jeff Beck for years. A great experience for me was seeing Stevie Ray and Jeff Beck live at the New Haven Coliseum in 1987. When I went to college to major in music at Skidmore Collge, I really started getting into jazz. I studied under Milt Hinton, who was the bass player for Louis Armstrong, and with Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat and Tears) and Gene Bertoncini who started with Carmen McRae and Buddy Rich and played with so many greats. Under their guidance I listened to a lot of Louis, and on the guitar I was playing a lot of things from Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian who both inspired me and those sparks come out in my playing to this day."
After graduating, an A&R exec at Atlantic Records heard the young artist and organized to send Lloyd to Nashville to record with producer Garry Tallent (E-Street Band). However, his life took a different direction when Lloyd was moved to accept an invitation by singer/songwriter Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach to relocate his musical career to Israel.
"After I married Ilana, whose parents were born and raised in Morocco and immigrated to Israel, I started to hear Middle Eastern music in my home for the first time and grew to love it. I wanted to learn the oud, but I realized that was going to take too long so I experimented with alternative tunings to incorporate it into my guitarplaying. I worked it into songs for example, like 'Moroccan Woman", written for my wife, and released on the 2015 album, and "Back Porch" on my 2013 "Lost on the Highway" album."
In 1994 Lloyd started a decade with the psychedelic Israeli jam band Reva L’Sheva. Continuing solo work on the side, Lazer began to attract international attention with his self-released folk-rock CD “Higher Ground” in 2004. His blues-rock power trio Yood expanded the ripples capturing fans with “Passin’ Over” (2007) and “Real People” (2008). In 2011 he put out “Lazer Lloyd Unplugged”, “Blues in Tel Aviv”, and the Hebrew song collection “Haneshama”. Then Lloyd’s 2012 “My Own Blues” electric release was named best blues album by the Israeli Blues Society and sent to the Memphis International Blues Competition.
Joe Morabia's Blues Leaf Records in Deal, NJ issued a solo Lazer Lloyd acoustic album, “Lost on the Highway” in August 2013, bringing in radio promoter Rick Lusher to expand airplay and charting in North America, Europe and beyond. His touring picked up steam with the addition of manager Yo Seidman.
Lazer moved to Lots of Love Records in Chicago to put out "Insides Out" a best of collection combining acoustic and electric tracks from earlier albums with a few live performances like "Set My Soul Free" from the Jerusalem Woodstock Revival festival.