Interview with Jeff Hershey
Jeff Hershey might just be the savior of soul music. You might remember his band Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats from a BestNewBands.com preview piece a few weeks ago, and their performance at The Troubadour proved more than worthy of the post. The band was incredible and well-described on their their Facebook page as a “no nonsense throwback soul band”, and watching Jeff’s movements onstage was like taking a master class in charisma. It was almost impossible to take your eyes off of him for even for a moment, but he made sure to turn the spotlight on his bandmates as often as possible during their set by introducing each member and egging on their efforts as they returned the favor. I couldn’t wait to sit down with Jeff for an interview to get the story behind such an intriguing figure, hoping that he was just as effervescent offstage as he was while performing. Yesterday I journeyed northwest of Los Angeles to meet him and he certainly didn’t disappoint. We covered everything from the genesis of this project to recording his last album in analog to his strangely smooth transition from punk rock to soul music, and he waxed enthusiastic about every topic. Be sure to check out the full interview above!
If you’re in the area next Friday July 29th, don’t miss Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats at Bombay Bar and Grill‘s annual beach party. The event is 21+ and the venue is located at 143 S. California Street in Ventura. Their latest album Soul Music Vol. 1 is now available on iTunes, and for more information on their upcoming tour dates please visit their website or follow them on Facebook.
Album cover – Soul Music Vol. 1