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jeff humphrey trio

Kearny, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Kearny, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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"Jeff Humphrey Trio - No Fun Camp"

I'm guessing the only people who know about this album are people who either know Jeff (I don't) or know my pal Mike who released this back in the 90s. And it's a real shame since I think this is a really great 90s rock album. Put it up there with Sebadoh, GBV, and the like. This really could have been on Matador or Sub Pop or whatever was cool at the time... This is something you'll like. - Creep Scanner Music Blog

"Jeff Humphrey Trio - No Fun Camp"

Jeff is from Kearny, NJ and plays really sad folk-esque songs like early SEBADOH or NEIL YOUNG. I've recieved letters from people saying they literally cried because the songs were so sad. I found that odd. Nowadays, everyone and their father has a solo project. Jeff did it before it was cool. (Troubleman Unlimited Wesbite)

This is a sampling of my favorite songs from this CD. Mostly culled from the sessions at Dave Lerner's with Dave on Bass and my brother Gregg on Drums. Done live in his basement. One take. PERFECT. He was New Jersey's own J Mascis combined with Neil Young.

Everything abou tthis makes me think of my early 20's. Not having a care in the world. Every band wanted to be the craziest, the loudest, the screamiest. Jeff had it right. Always did.

He's hilarious and a nice guy, to boot. These songs got me through some tough times...
If you get a chance to see them play live, you should. It's a good time.

Here are some vids too. - Lobster Tears Music Blog

"Rolling Stone Street to Stage Competition"

"I get up in the morning, and I pick up the guitar. And the best songs? They come right out. The best songs just come right out of me. And that's exciting creatively."

Jeff plays music anywhere and everywhere he can, and his sound is timeless and memorable, or, as he puts it, "as catchy as the flu in a kindergarten classroom." An active musician since the early '90s, he's recorded professionally and performed at some notable New York venues. Now his great passion is about encouraging others "to get out and sing, and write songs, and be together."

You're likely to find Jeff in Madison Square Park or Washington Square Park. - Rolling Stone Magazine


Wig 7" ep 1995 on Troubleman Unlimited

Jeff Humphrey Trio White 7" ep 1996 on Troubleman Unlimited/Auto-Stop

On Top of the House 7" ep 1996 on Cuts Like Drugs Label

No Fun Camp CD/LP 1997 on Lotus Sound Label

Sleepwalkaway ep 2010 on tubecat label



Jeff Humphrey is a native of North Jersey who has been writing and performing music since the late eighties. His early adolescence was spent digesting the records of your typical epiphany dispensing artists such as John Lennon, Syd Barrett and David Bowie. Then when the eighties kissed into the nineties, Humphrey discovered the great songwriters of his generation like J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. Paul Westerberg of The Replacements and Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and started to write songs here and there. When the home recordings of everymen like Rob Pollard of Guided by Voices and Lou Barlow of Sebadoh started to trickle out on vinyl a little while after, it made it more than apparent that Jeff could lay down the crazy sounds in his head right there in the attic without the interference of some uncaring engineer in some crappy studio somewhere in Parsippany.

Wanting to take the music out of the house and in front of the eyes and ears of the people, Humphrey formed the long-running Jeff Humphrey Trio in 1993. In the bands’ initial formation, they regularly played venues such as Maxwell’s in Hoboken opening for the likes of Seam, Rye Coalition, Ted Leo and many others. A few seven inch EP’s and a full length CD were released on a few indie labels at the time; the most notable label being Troubleman Unlimited, a label that became synonymous with hipness later on into the nineties and beyond.

Since then, Jeff continues to play music anywhere and everywhere he can in the same way he did in the early nineties despite what fashions and styles dictate. But that’s not to say he’s stuck in a musical rut or anything such as that. Much like his influences listed above, Jeff Humphrey plays a sound that is timeless, affective and as catchy as the flu in a kindergarten class room. Here’s to hoping you can catch the fever… (bio by Tony Rettman)

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