Thursday, April 22, 2021

Garland Jeffreys @ Lion's Lair, Denver CO, 2005-01-07


The (worlds famous) Lion's Lair gets derided and a divy punk bar, and it is that, but it has hosted a wide array of performers that you wouldn't expect to see there.   Gil Scott-Heron played there once, maybe twice.   There were shows by Jonathan Richman of The Modern Lovers, The Decemberists, Ozomatli, & The Black Keys even.  John Doe from X had played over 30 solo shows here.

Not a surprise to see Garland Jeffreys then I suppose.  He played the Lair a couple times.  Last time was in 2012.  My recording here is from a 2005 performance.

Depending on who you ask Garland might be best know for his song "Wild In The Streets" that the Circle Jerks covered.  He came up in the early 70s New York rock scene and has played with Lou Reed and John Cale.  He has released at least 15 albums under his name.  Quite prolific and a big back catalog that is worth digging into.

He took a long hiatus in the 90s but returned to touring in the aughts and released an new album in 2011 to critical acclaim. In 2019 he decided to ease back out of the spotlight and only preforms sporadically.

If your a fan go support him from his website.  They have a lot of merch, CDs, and vinyl up there for sale.  All ways support independent artist anytime you can.  It's especially important in this crazy time when these artists can't tour.    

At this show Garland was joined by longtime collaborator with a long list of credits of his own Alan Freedman.   Enjoy.

Garland Jeffreys & Alan Freedman

(The Worlds Famous) Lion's Lair
Denver CO (USA)  

Recorded and Presented: SxPxDxCx
Source: SBD > JB3 
Transfer: JB3 > USB > Audition > CDWave > FLAC 
Time: (113:21.00)

01 - intro - 
02 Rough And Ready
03 Buckwheat
04 Color Line
05 Spanish Town
06 Rebel Love
07 Shout
08 Ghostwriter
09 Ballad Of Me
10 Gotta Get Away
11 35mm Dreams
12 Corina Corina
13 She Belongs To Me
14 New York Skyline
15 - You passed the audition -
16 She Didn't Lie
17 I May Not Be Your Kind
18 - since I started playing again -
19 Washington DC Hospital Blues (Skip James)
20 School Yard Blues
21 Nothing Big In Sight
22 No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley)
23 - interlude -
24 Wild In The Streets
25 96 Tears (? and the Mysterians)


  1. thanks Zeke! i recorded as well that night,i was standing out front, early per usual.... Garland walks up, i said hi,we stated talking, and he said come in now.... i got "the soundcheck" and rest of show as well.. awesome show, used to see him a bunch in n.y.c. area. great job here by you again!!!! i love when i see a show you've recorded, rather i'm into the artist/music or not. Great Persistence By You!!!!