Donna Lyons Interviews Singer/Songwriter Jeff Hyman
In 1962 Jeff formed The Gaslight Singers with some fellow folk music lovers that he met in college. This turned out to be an amazing experience for Jeff, Earl Mann, Martha Velez and Alan Alcabes. The Gaslight Singers shared the stage with icons such as Bob Dylan, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Paxton, Glenn Yarbrough, Judy Collins, and so many more iconic artists. Their friends included Mama Cass and John Denver.
In 1964 The Beatles took over the music scene in the US and knocked folk music right out of the box. It was over. It was not until 2009 that Jeff took his guitar out of the closet and began to play again. The occasion was the reunion of The Gaslight Singers, two of whom he had not seen in 45 years.
The reunion was held over a long weekend that August in Toronto, Canada, and was intended to renew treasured relationships and see if the group still had the sound and the vibrancy that carried it to the top of the folk music industry back in the 60’s. Out of that reunion came a confidence that now, with a more mature and tighter blend, The Gaslight Singers could indeed rise to the professional level that they possessed so many years ago. In 2012 he decided to become a solo artist due to the difficulty of getting the group together.
So Jeff developed his own individual style, with an appetite for more current genres. Jeff performed and began recording songs for what has become his first solo CD, “Old Dogs New Tricks”. The album, and the track “Let The Mystery Be” are in contention for a Grammy.