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FIRST 2015 LIVE DATES ANNOUNCED


Jeff and the band will be playing live more than ever in 2015. Here's where to catch them!

Jeff Slate, Jimmy McElligott, Rick Mullen and Steve Holley have become regulars at New York City's Hill Country BBQ. They'll be continuing that tradition with regular shows at the Manhattan restaurant in 2015, beginning on Saturday, February 7th.

Jeff will also be performing acoustic shows, with some very special guests, every other Thursday at the new Hill Country BBQ Market BK in Brooklyn, beginning Thursday, January 15th.

The band will also be performing a special "unplugged" show, with a few all-star guests, at the Ossining Public Library as part of its Words & Music concert series on Sunday, April 26th.

That's seven dates in all, just in the first few months of the year! You can get all of the details in the "LIVE" column to the right of this post.

More exciting dates will be announced soon -- and don't forget that there's a new album on the way -- so keep checking back!






IAN McLAGAN 1945-2014

As a member of the Small Faces and Faces Ian McLagan was a childhood hero of mine.

The first time I met Mac he couldn't be bothered. I was in a band that was making a name for itself and I thought I was a bit of a big deal. I wasn't. And he'd seen it all before. But he was kind and supportive, even if he did put me in my place a bit. Over the years we kept crossing paths until finally I was lucky enough to work with him on the recent Small Faces box set. What a thrill. We were supposed to record some tracks for my next record last summer but our schedules didn't collide. I really regret that. I am honored to say that we became friends and I will miss his playing and our always hilarious phone calls. The world is a smaller, quieter place without him. RIP Mac. -- Jeff Slate

Read more of Jeff's memories of Mac in his remembrance in Rock Cellar Magazine.

Photo courtesy Theresa DiMenno Photography






RECORD STORE DAY

JEFF SLATE -- RECORD STORE DAY -- THE KINKS' "BIG SKY" -- Featuring Earl Slick, Joe McGinty, Cici James and Steve Holley

Jeff's Record Store Day track is his contribution to the forthcoming Legends: Shoulder To Shoulder album. The tribute to the late, great bassist for The Kinks, Pete Quaife, will raise funds for the Pete Quaife Foundation. His version of The Kinks' "Big Sky" features Jeff alongside guitar god Earl Slick, Joe McGinty, Cici James and longtime drummer, the extraordinary Steve Holley. Watch for the release of the 6-CD, 72-track Legends -- also featuring Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher and many others -- soon!






'BEST OF' PLAYLIST ON SOUNDCLOUD

11 SONGS, HANDPICKED BY JEFF... AND YOU!

Jeff has compiled some of his favorite songs, along with the most played and downloaded, for a new, curated Soundcloud playlist.






WEEKEND WILBURYS SPECIAL!

JEFF SLATE SIGNED "BIRDS OF PARADOX" CD + WEEKEND WILBURYS T-SHIRT FOR $25 WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Signed by Jeff. Get 'em while they last!

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POST-FEST FOR BEATLES FANS SPECIAL!


JEFF SLATE "BIRDS OF PARADOX" CD, PERSONALIZED TO YOU FOR $15 WITH FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Signed by Jeff. Get 'em while they last!

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"IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: MUSIC INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO" OUT NOW FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


New album of 10 Slate originals and 2 Costello classics available via all digital platforms and free at www.jeffslate.net

Available everywhere for Record Store Day -- Friday, November 29, 2013

Jeff Slate's new album mixing ten original compositions with two Elvis Costello classics is now available free to fans who visit www.jeffslate.net (or the dedicated site www.impostersandattractions.com) and will also be available for purchase on Record Store Day via iTunes, Amazon and across all other digital platforms.

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Record Store - Day Black Friday - Imposters & Attractions

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The arresting artwork once again pairs a painting by artist Rick Hunt of Littleton, New Hampshire with a graphic design dreamed up by Slate and Jared Friedman of Econo Graphics of Brooklyn, New York.

"I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



"LUCKY DAY SUNSET" FOR RECORD STORE DAY!


Key Birds of Paradox album track remixed by legendary Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell

Available everywhere on Record Store Day -- Saturday, April 20, 2013


Jeff Slate will release "Lucky Day Sunset" -- the second single from his wildly successful first solo album Birds of Paradox -- on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 20, 2013.

The single was mixed by Grammy-winner Vance Powell, whose remarkable engineering and mixing work for Jack White's Third Man Records has set a very high bar for artists making old school, classic sounding records. "I met Vance after reading about his work in some trade magazines," said Slate. "I loved the sounds he was getting, but more than anything I got a great vibe from the way he talked about the projects he worked on. Honestly, I'm honored he found time to work with me and I hope there's much more for us to do in the future." Record Store Day has become a huge success in recent years, with it being seen as one of the key factos to raising public awareness about the struggle of independent record stores since the digital age hit the record industry. "I grew up in record stores, I worked in record stores as a kid," said Slate. "This is my way of saying thank you to all the people who worked in those stores who indulged me, and continue to do so!"



JEFF SLATE ON "RED VELVET MEDIA" AND "BREAKFAST WITH THE BEATLES"

Jeff recently appeared on Holly Stephey's Red Velvet Media radio show. The 90-minute chat covered every facet of Jeff's career, including what to expect in 2013 and Jeff's upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013 this coming weekend in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

The podcast version can be downloaded at iTunes.

Red Velvet Media


Jeff also appeared on the February 4th edition of Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast With The Beatles, discussing his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013, and why parties celebrating the life of the late George Harrison are so much fun.

The podcast version can also be downloaded at iTunes.

Breakfast With The Beatles

JEFF SLATE IN THE NEWS

The National Beatles Examiner Steve Marinucci recently interviewed Jeff about his upcoming appearance at HARRIFEST 2013.



BIRDS OF PARADOX LAUNCH ALBUM AT SOLD OUT JOE'S PUB SHOW

PERFORMANCE INCLUDED TRIBUTE TO JOHN LENNON, FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE PLASTIC ONO ELEPHANT'S MEMORY BAND

October 15th, 2012 (New York, NY)
-- Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, and his new band Birds of Paradox, launched his new album at a sold out show at New York City's Joe's Pub last week. The album Birds of Paradox is available digitally via iTunes and all major digital services and CD via Amazon and other online and a host of independent record retailers.

   Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox


Steve Marinucci, the National Beatles Examiner, reported via correspondent Ken Michaels that the show was "superb" and that Michaels was "very impressed with the band, five musicians who jell well and really enjoy the music... Every musician played so well, and front man Jeff Slate was in fine voice for all the songs."

READ MORE IN THE NEWS ARCHIVE...



JEFF SLATE POISED FOR DEBUT SOLO RELEASE, BIRDS OF PARADOX, OUT OCTOBER 9th, 2012

INCLUDING PERFORMANCES BY MEMBERS OF WINGS, THE BYRDS, THE WHO, THE PLASTIC ONO ELEPHANT'S MEMORY BAND AND MORE

Album Release Show at Joe's Pub, Wednesday, October 10th


September 19th, 2012 (New York, NY) -- Jeff Slate, founder and frontman for beloved indie outfit, The Badge, has announced that his first solo-project LP release Birds of Paradox will be available on October 9, 2012, with an album release party to follow at Joe's Pub Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

READ MORE IN THE NEWS ARCHIVE...



BABY, FORGIVE ME - OUT NOW!

Debut single by Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox out now across all digital services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Jeff Slate's Birds of Paradox have released "Baby, Forgive Me", the debut single from Slate's forthcoming album.

The single is out now on iTunes and Amazon, and will be featured on Spotify later this week.

Baby, Forgive Me - Baby, Forgive Me - Single

"Baby, Forgive Me" is available directly from the band from July 30th - August 3rd, via CDBaby.com.

"I'm excited for people to finally hear what we have been working on for more than a year," Jeff Slate said of the first music from his all-star project Birds of Paradox. "This is just a small taste of what we've been up to. It's an old-fashioned rave-up, complete with horns and big backing vocals. I can't wait to get feedback from everyone who's been waiting patiently to hear from us."

READ MORE IN THE NEWS ARCHIVE...



NEW SONG PREMIERED

DJ and host of The Beatles-themed radio show "Every Little Thing" Ken Michaels recently debuted "Baby, Forgive Me" from Birds of Paradox.

You can hear "Baby, Forgive Me" as well as Jeff Slate and Gary Van Scyoc talking about the origins of Birds of Paradox on Ken's webpage.



TRIBUTE TO LEVON HELM

A message from Jeff Slate:

As I wrote on
Facebook and in my Examiner column, Levon Helm and The Band have been very significant inspirations to me for as long as I can remember. In tribute to Levon I've decided to rush-release a new song from Birds of Paradox called "San Francisco Days". You may or may not hear echoes of The Band in this track, but their music was in my mind when I wrote it and as we worked on it in the studio. I hope you like it. JS.

Hear "San Francisco Days" on Jeff Slate's Official YouTube page.



OFFICIAL EPK

FIRST SOLO ALBUM FROM THE FOUNDER OF INDIE DARLINGS THE BADGE DUE THIS SUMMER

Album features an all-star cast, including members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and more

"It began with an act of charity," Jeff Slate says in the liner notes to his new album "Birds of Paradox", due this Summer. "I was the musical director at a benefit and Steve Holley was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting. The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited again about making music."

Those initial sessions led to an album's worth of songs with an all-star cast of players, including Holley and former Wings bandmate Laurence Juber, Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito (John Lennon's Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band), Jimmy "Mack" McElligott (Gene Cornish, Denny Laine), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros.), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey), Josh Phillips (Procol Harum), Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley), Wayne Cobham (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations), Paolo Provenzano (Fonokit, Sir Frankie Crisp), Eric Lichter and Alex Alexander (Prince, Dido).

In support of the release of "Birds of Paradox" -- which derives its name from the fact that May Pang, whom John Lennon wrote the song "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)" about, introduced the core studio band of Slate, McElligott, Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley -- Slate will be playing a release party in New York City in the Fall, as well as dates around the Northeast throughout 2012-2013.

With a setlist of songs from "Birds of Paradox", crowd favorites from Slate's tenure with The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley performed live with Lennon and McCartney, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and other giants of the last 50 years of popular music, upcoming live shows are sure to bring the house down.

"We've been rehearsing at the old Hit Factory, which is now the New York headquarters of Gibson Guitars," said Slate. "It sounds fantastic. And it's such a thrill to play these songs with these musicians. It's intimidating to think the last time Gary and Adam played 'Come Together' was with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, but even more than that it's exciting."

See the Birds of Paradox Official EPK on YouTube page.


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LIVE

HILL COUNTRY BROOKLYN (Acoustic Show)
Thursday, February 26 - 8 PM FREE
345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-885-4608


HILL COUNTRY BROOKLYN (Acoustic Show)
Thursday, March 12 - 8 PM FREE
345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-885-4608


HILL COUNTRY LIVE NYC (Full Band)
Friday, March 13 - 9 PM FREE
30 West 26th Street
NY, NY 10010
212-255-4544


FEST FOR BEATLES FANS (NJ)
Birds of Paradox with Special Guests Laurence Juber and Mark Rivera

35 years of Back To The Egg
TICKETS
Saturday, March 21
Hilton Westchester
699 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY
(914) 939-6300


HILL COUNTRY BROOKLYN (Acoustic Show)
Friday, April 17 - 8 PM FREE
345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-885-4608


BUDARZ THEATER AT THE OSSINING PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jeff Slate & Friends
with special guest Annie Minogue (Unplugged)
Words & Music concert series presented by TD Bank

Sunday, April 26 - 2 PM FREE
53 Croton Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
914-941-2416


HILL COUNTRY LIVE NYC (Full Band)
Saturday, May 16 - 10 PM FREE
30 West 26th Street
NY, NY 10010
212-255-4544


HILL COUNTRY BROOKLYN (Acoustic Show)
Thursday, May 28 - 8 PM FREE
345 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-885-4608


HILL COUNTRY LIVE NYC (Full Band)
Saturday, June 20 - 10 PM FREE
30 West 26th Street
NY, NY 10010
212-255-4544






LISTEN

IMPOSTERS & ATTRACTIONS: SONGS INSPIRED BY ELVIS COSTELLO - OUT NOW!

Jeff Slate - Imposters & Attractions



LUCKY DAY SUNSET [RSD VANCE POWELL REMIX]

Jeff Slate - Lucky Day Sunset



BIRDS OF PARADOX [DELUXE EDITION]

Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox



BABY, FORGIVE ME [SINGLE]

Baby, Forgive Me - Baby, Forgive Me - Single



ALSO AVAILABLE: BIRDS OF PARADOX [DIGITAL FAN CLUB ADVANCE VERSION]

Jeff Slate - Birds of Paradox



DREAMTIME [SINGLE]

Jeff Slate - Dreamtime - Single



THE TOWNSHEND TAPES [EP]

The Townshend Tapes [EP]






Jeff Slate plays Gibson and Epiphone guitars, Hofner basses and uses Vox amplifiers.

Paintings by Rick Hunt.

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