A Beastwood Film, beastwood.de
Directed, filmed & edited by Dirk Behlau, pixeleye.de
Taken from the album "Coming to get you" on I Sold My Soul Media
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Jim Jeffries has sung and played the guitar for as long as he remembers - Born in 1971 on the South coast of England, Jim grew up listening to his dad Tony Jeffries playing and singing folk and blues by guys like Leadbelly, and also country songs by Johnny Cash as well as Elvis' rockin' ballads; and he recalls singing along with his dad as a child, especially after August 16th 1977 when Elvis died and his dad played Elvis songs non stop for weeks!. But at this same time he noticed the harder rockabilly and rock n roll records in the loft of the house, and then heard punk rock on the radio. He had been playing around on his dad's old Gibson acoustic guitar, but at aged 10 in '81 he saved up £29 and bought his first electric guitar. At age 11 he wrote his first song, and started his first band in 1985.
Jim had or played in a number of bands during the 80's and 90's, and by 1996 had secured a record deal for 3 albums on the Crazy Love label with his band Rancho Deluxe - an outfit whose music was decribed as having a "lonesome cowboy feel, mixed with dark boppers!" and he did his first tour of Germany and Austria in 1997. Jim says that he fell in love with Germany and it's people immediately, due to the Germans' respect for great music, and their love of fun.
In the later 90's and early to mid 2000's Jim carried on Rancho Deluxe as well as starting a punk band - XX Cortez, and also enjoying playing guitar for a rockabilly band - Mark Lee Allen & The Driver Brothers, as well as playing with bigger bands like The Caravans, Dead Kings, Levi Dexter etc. Jim also went on to create a new band around the ex Krewmen singer Mad Dog Cole, and wrote the music for the MDC comeback album. He even spent time helping Viktoria Modesta launch her career, contributing towards the album and playing live; and through all of this Jim has therefore travelled extensively around Germany, the rest of Europe and Skandinavia, as well as enjoying a few trips to LA and Russia.
In 2005 after a few lineup changes, Jim decided to concentrate on two main projects - The Dark Angels - later to become the Wretched Souls, with the legendary Smutty Smiff on bass, playing dark country, and boppin' folk and blues, and also the Whip Crackin' Daddies, featuring his good friend Choppy of Demented Are Go, Nigel Lewis, and Guana Batz fame and Lee Barnett of Caravans, Pharaohs etc. Whip Crackin' Daddies was very well received across the rockin' and psycho scenes and beyond, famed for their hard drivin' kick ass sound, dark and mean vocals, and murderous lyrics. But Jim decided it would make more sense to have a band based in Germany, and in 2009 he created Killer Trio.
Jim also recently made his debut for Streetclip TV as an interviewer of rockin' and psycho bands - due to his vast knowledge of music and many acquaintances, he very much enjoys chatting on camera, sharing stories with old mates and finding out more about young fresh bands coming up on the scenes. Now in 2010, Jim is concentrating on his work with Frank Dickau of I Sold My Soul Media as purely "Jim Jeffries".
Jim is recording his debut album for his new label, and describes the style as "cool neo rockabilly, dark ballads, and rockin' blues"... he lists his current influences as Johnny Cash, Hot Boogie Chillun, Depeche Mode, Chris Isaak, and er... Elvis of course...
Look out for the debut album by Jim Jeffries on I Sold My Soul! or catch one of Jim's memorable live performances at a town near you! He is Comin' To Get You Soon!