The Hawk 104.9 Fm Backstage Live Interview and performance Part 1

The Hawk 104.9 Fm Backstage Live Interview and performance Part 2

http://jennifertefft.com/listen/s/the_hawk_104.9_interview__performance_part_2

The Hawk 104.9 Fm Backstage Live Interview and performance Part 3

http://jennifertefft.com/listen/s/the_hawk_104.9_interview__performance_part_3

The Midwest Record

GYPSY SPIN 
JENNIFER TEFFT BAND/Cutting for Stone: You know this belting Boston babe but you don't know why because all the shows that have used her music force you to go to the website to check out the credits---and who really does that but uber fans----of the show. The kind of all inclusive package for anyone too young to really appreciate Heart, there's loads of hard rocking here and it's coming at you from right down the middle. Having a mastery of how to make commercial chops not sound contrived, Tefft is making a great under the the radar career happen and it's fun to join her on the ride. Solid stuff throughout. 

The Noise - Boston

THE JENNIFER TEFFT BAND

Cutting For Stone

8 tracks

Jennifer sings with feminine grit in her alt pop rock songs. Powerful, assertive vocals singing self-composed songs of protest and music with a message. She sings and plays guitar with her band John Parrillo (splendid lead and finger- picking guitar), Jeff St. Pierre (bass), Phil Antoniades (drums) and Carolyn Pae (backing vocals), who play with an ominous feel to their sound. This provides the perfect foil for Tefft’s superb singing and the messages behind the punchy alt/ pop/ rock music and vibe. This is her fifth CD and first release in ten years. Before that Jennifer started out playing for change in the subway tunnels and streets of Cambridge. My favorite cuts are the radio friendly opener “Roller Coaster,” “Cooler Than You,” the angry protest song “Silence,” about people who use silence as a weapon, and the sparse acoustic ballad “Air,” where I really dig when her exceptional voice reaches those high notes. The other ballads, “Let Me Be,” “Too Late,” and “Breathe,” that are powerful, sultry and assertive, also shine. All the Kickstarter supporters are listed and thanked on the back of the CD too; which is pretty cool. I really like this music a lot and so will you.  (A.J. Wachtel)

Billy Copeland Music

The Jennifer Tefft Band’s latest album Cutting For Stone makes the most of the band’s usual trademark qualities. Tefft’s plaintive, high strung, rangy voice, fierce, lean guitar lines, and a very tight, propulsive rhythm section are all here. This time, the Tefft and company take things to a higher level. There is a grandness of purpose going on in this album that makes one feel something special is going to happen with this band in 2017.

Tefft’s more driving rock numbers get intense enough to make one feel she might emerge from the stereo speakers to tell you off while her quieter numbers are so personally delivered one might feel she’s singing to you directly.

Opening cut “Rollercoaster” kicks off the album with an energetic drive and a slightly menacing vibe. Tefft’s aggressive vocal approach makes one feel the intensity of this song while her band mates bring it home with sonic style. Guitarist John Parrillo infuses it with a burning, searing guitar line while the rhythm section keeps it totally in motion, like a force of nature.

“Cooler Than You” has a knobby chug and a series of twists in the music that make it catchy as hell. Tefft sings it icy cool, with abrupt vocal assertions that shape the attitude as well as the groove. Her rhythm guitar fits into a snap action with bassist Jeff St. Pierre and drummer Phil Antoniades that makes her composition kick like a mule.

“Silence” is an angry, violent protest song. Tefft and the band show their fierceness as she sings about people who use silence as a weapon. Her attitude comes across through her fiery delivery and some violent action comes across within the band’s forceful musical expressions. There is an anticipatory swagger in the opening that is loaded with impending action, and this outfit makes good on it.

Tefft and company take it down easy and mellow on “Air,” a sparsely accompanied acoustic guitar number with traces of keyboard and strings. Tefft applies herself well to this emotive outing, which includes subtle sustains to heighten the feeling of aloneness. This one reaches the heart while pleasing the ear with its rangy voice and its floating melodic sensation.

“Let Me Be” is another easeful tune. Its melodic guitar underpinnings ring out with clarity, supported by nice kicks from the rhythm section. Tefft’s voice sails a smooth, direct course over the band with purposeful clarity. She makes the listener feel what her song is all about with her subtle shifts in her vocal line melody.

Heading back into driving uptempo material, “Follow Me Through” engages with Tefft’s sultry vocals and Parrillo’s fetching lead guitar strut. Its chorus suggests it could be this album’s hit song on local radio shows. Carolyn Rae fleshes out the vocals here and throughout this album, adding another layer to Tefft’s feminine grit.

“Too Late” is a song with true power. It swaggers in with a wide, sweeping, moody guitar phrase. From there, Tefft moves it around with shifts in lyrical attitude with subtle switches in her vocal approach. It slows down. It heats up. It grows into something big, anthem-like in grandness. A hauntingly catchy chorus makes one feel he’s being pulled into Tefft’s musical world by a tractor beam.

“Breathe” closes out the album with its quiet, seemingly simple chorus and breezy, drifting vocals and lofty, intricate touches on the instruments. Soft and powerful at once, Tefft makes this song grow wide, arcing, like something with larger than life purpose. The backdrop music conjured here is equally effective. Each little guitar note, bass note, drum hit, or keyboard sweep maintains subtle tones that impact the listener emotionally and ring out with true beauty, artfulness, and something that feels like it should be playing on large stages and on national radio.

The Jennifer Tefft Band have outdone themselves with this Cutting For Stone album. It reflects the talent caliber and melodic thrust this group has always been known for. This time around the block they grow their sound larger, take it further, and come u[ with something that waves in the New England music scene breeze like a large flag.

 

Billy Copeland Music

Jennifer Tefft Band dominated event at Boston’s Hard Rock Cafe last Saturday night

Jennifer Tefft

Jennifer Tefft

The Jennifer Tefft Band rocked the Hard Rock Café in Boston last Saturday night, elevating themselves from guest band to stand out with their furious, driving original music. Fronted by the springy, charismatic Jennifer Tefft, this five piece outfit made an indelible impression with powerhouse vocal work and passionate, edgy music.

In case anyone needs a reminder, Tefft sang the national anthem before a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium last fall. A few weeks later, she was invited to sing the national anthem again, for the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. This singer with the shock of red hair and wiry stage presence released her first album in 1997.

Getting back to last Saturday night’s show, Jennifer Tefft Band hit the ground running with their opening tune “Follow Me” before moving onto the solid slab of rock and roll titled “The Only.” Tefft’s belty, jumpy, hopped up vocal pranced around a knobby, ass kicking groove and twitchy lead guitar phrase.

Tefft’s eerie coos on “Silence” soon turned into an intense, roaring, bombastic killer vocal line. She just erupted with dynamic energy when it’s least expected, putting numerous peaks in her tune. Her quiet, moody tune, “Let Me Be” found Tefft singing in a plaintive plea approach with a mountain of tension born out of a tense lead guitar.

Wafting rhythm guitar texture made a perfect backdrop for Tefft’s wiry vocal application on “My Own.” She has a way of building up dramatic feeling in her song. Her timbre here was edgy and pretty at once, emitting a sense of abandon, awareness, and a rising touch of dread. Her vocal sustains during her chorus were hauntingly beautiful, making the feeling of the song swell with three dimensional life. Luckily, she had a group of players around her who could also make her song something tremendous. On a sad note, it was also keyboardist Greg Schuler’s last gig with the band, as he’s preparing to record his own music.

Tefft sounded classy, almost like a singer from an earlier time in music on “Cooler Than You,” until her vocal erupted into a more exuberant dynamic. She easefully twirled her voice around a snake charmer guitar line and stomping beat.

Tefft‘s approaches change somewhere per son. She finds, in each song, a fresh way to move her voice around the groove and alongside lead guitar phrases and keyboard melodies. “Down On My Knees” found the springy, barefooted wonder applying her trill timbre to finessing a bulbous rock sound enveloping her.

Next song, “Queen” found the barefooted wonder prancing around the stage while her band unfurled crusty, edgy waves of exciting rock and roll. Her voice became prettier here, building up her dynamics with gentle lift. The down tempo but still driving “Fly Away” was riffy and propulsive. Her new song, “Roller Coaster” was a crazy affair with Tefft’s lead guitarist, John Parrillo, going into overdrive, making his guitar scream out the pain of the song as much as her vocal....

It was another night of exceptionally good music at the Hard Rock Café in Boston. The evening, though, was dominated by the rush of excitement around the room while The Jennifer Tefft Band was performing and the buzz about it after their set.

 

Billy Copeland Music News

Jennifer Tefft purrs her lyrics out on “Breathe,” a moody, mid-tempo rocker that features vocal techniques ranging from sexy whisper to mightier belts. Her sonic textures are mild and loose, letting her voice jump out at the listener like something unfettered. This song is so good it isn’t funny, It has to be only a few steps away from commercial radio. Local radio programs should get behind this right away. (Billy Copeland)

The Cheap Seats, 102.9 FM

"This woman defines ethereal, dark and twisty, and I love everything she sends me!"

The Boston Globe

"One of the great undiscovered secrets around Boston"

Metrowest Daily News

"One of Boston's Best Unsigned Bands...They don't fit any musical genre because their music is not prefabricated or generic.  The group can rock with undeniable intensity, they can take flight on musical excursions that are unpredictable and they can get atmospheric and hazy on you.  This, folks is what we need more of and Tefft provides these things and plenty more"

The Noise- Cover Story

"Her live show at the Middle East was smokin!  Jennifer definitely has a belter's voice when she wants to and the energy she and the band give off is contagious.  It's a show not to be missed!...If there is one thing I've learned about Jennifer Tefft from meeting her, it's that everything about her is legit; her voice, her songs, her band and her live show...."

brianwestbye.wordpress.com

 She never went away, but Jennifer Tefft is BACK. Her new single Breathe is a magnificent lilt, soaring and open as the plains. Gentle washes of keys support tremolo guitars and splashes of Rhodes, while the voice is front and center. Tefft has magnificent control over that voice, going from naked and vulnerable on the verses to definitive and cathartic on the choruses. It's a total package, and a joy to unwrap again after the silence of motherhood and "maturity." Let's call it a comeback.

-Brian Westbye

Boston Soundcheck Magazine- Cover Story

Compelling, to say the least...with a voice that can in one second be melodious and caressing and the next, fierce and commanding, Jennifer wraps emotions around words and delivers the songs with spirit and determination.  She may be a "rock chick" but what sets Jennifer apart is her unassuming nature -  her passion fuels her music, but behind the raw energy is the heart of a peaceful songwriter"a

Soundcheck Magazine

"Jennifer Tefft absolutely rocks! I was pleasantly blown away by her fired up, energizing presence...Jennifer's talent deserves more widespread attention and that ever sought-after next level"

NeuFutur

Tefft may start  “Time is a Thief” in a way that is similar to Evanescence, but it only takes the space of a track or two to create a style that is completely and utterly her own. Go to Tefft’s website and grab a copy of this album!

Music Dish

"Whoever said girls can't rock? Jenn takes it more seriously than some. She's not after head bangers, she's not looking for a hard edge you could cut yourself on, she's just a cat crawling between electric guitars, carefully using her whiskers to avoid the shocks." Ben Ohmart