Lazer Lloyd claims that each person has his orher own blues. Countries sometimes have the same blues too. At times the going for Israel is tough and blues as war is not fun.
Yocheved Seidman, residing in Chicago, is Lazer Lloyd’s USA manager. She thinks that all the writing and talking about Israel is not doing the trick, is not helping her much. “Sometimes you have to do things that you do not do every day, especially when Israel is battling for her existence,” she told me.
For that reason, last month she organized a garden concert evening. Under the Los Angeles summer skies, in the Encino Hills in the backyard of the home of Sandra Goodman and Michael Chusid, Lazer Lloyd, there was a one hour concert. The stars of the show were Israel’s rock-blues top musician, accompanied by bassist Felton Crews and Kenny Coleman on drums, the rhythm section of the Chicago Blues Kings. The proceeds of the concert were donated to help Hadassah Hospital, in Israel.
Lazer Lloyd, who grew up in Chicago, USA, is a father to five and lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel.
Throughout the Protective Edge Gaza war, his family members were on the frontline and were themselves worn out and frazzled as they faced the Red Alerts and spent time in bomb shelters. Lazer played music up and down the Jewish state, lifting the spirit of his audiences.
Lazer has been performing all over the world, but when he performs in Israel, it is the most meaningful for him. During the good or hard times, he carries with him the courage and strength he gets from his audiences all over Israel.
For Lazer, known as Israel’s King of the Blues, the role of music is in healing; “Hopefully, I can help release some pain from someone’s heart and make them feel good. I think music generates a devoted following because it is real, it is about everyone’s life story and it heals,” he told me. For that reason he wrote a song for Max Stenberg z”l, who fell during Protective Edge War. “I dedicated the song to Max as a gesture of kindness. Because some young man from Los Angeles decided he was going to protect the Jewish people so my kids can sleep safe.”
B.B. King is Lazer’s idol; he sang to heal hearts, and so does Lazer.
The Nashville Blues Society praised the Israeli artist’s work stating, “Lloyd’s guitar skills are impeccable, along with a rich, vocal delivery. A consummate musician, writer and storyteller.” The Jerusalem Post stated, “He handles his guitar like it was an extension of his lanky, but sturdy body, and the glorious noise that it emits emerges directly from his soul. He’s the best guitarist in Israel.”
Lazer Lloyd will be back to Los Angeles in November 2014; if you would like to hear a true rock-blues artist I suggest you mark your calendar.