Jeff Gutman | Cold Cold Town

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Cold Cold Town

by Jeff Gutman

Stories of survival in a declining metropolis. Energetic rhythms, complex chords, memorable melodies & lyrics...
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cold Cold Town
2:34 album only
2. Sister Meltdown
3:01 album only
3. No Left Turn
3:35 album only
4. Gabriel
2:28 album only
5. Semen Marie
3:33 album only
6. If I Never Saw You
3:31 album only
7. (You Were) On Your Way
4:03 album only
8. Shipwrecked
3:17 album only
9. Run Alone
2:29 album only
10. Bittersweet
4:47 album only
11. What You'll Never Know
3:10 album only
12. No Sense of Time
4:03 album only


Album Notes
I moved to San Francisco in 1998 with the hopes of getting involved with the local music scene here. I came to find that in midst of the dot com boom and bust, many of the best clubs were closing as fast as they opened due to rising rent costs. Gentrification was the word of the day. I played solo shows for audiences all over the Bay Area, and I absolutely loved connecting with the crowds. However, I still felt like something was missing. I needed to have some musicians to play off of to make things more interesting on stage. I'd written a series of songs since Id moved to San Francisco about the trials and tribulations of surviving here. I wanted to put these songs out in chronological order to capture a changing view of the city. The album had to feel alive and energetic.

In the Spring of 2001, I started seeking out a bassist and a drummer. I found a great pair of musicians in Scott Barnes (Drummer) and Jim Nunan (Bassist). We played shows to packed crowds in some small clubs around the area, with the band still learning the songs as we went. There was a real edginess to the performances. Arrangements changed on the spot, things were improvised.

In the Fall of 2001, three weeks after the events of Sept 11, we headed into the studio to try and capture the feel of our live shows. We found a small studio in the heart of downtown Polk Street Studios with producer Mark Love (No Beach Boy relations). Most of the songs were recorded in one or two takes. I wanted it to feel like a live band, running through our numbers with a take-no-prisoners attitude. Overdubs were few.

The album was finished in December of 2001, but was held back for release until the Summer of 2002 while I scheduled the tour. We got to play a number of shows throughout the summer at some of the biggest clubs in the Bay Area. We appeared on the front page of the local paper and even had a spot performing on TV!

I'm really proud of this album- I think it really captures the energy of a live show. The stories in the lyrics have a sense of urgency, the need to survive in a rapidly collapsing city. The melodies are really memorable on each song- these are songs Ive been playing in clubs for years now and I feel like I was able to do them justice with this album. I hope you enjoy it!



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Zack Honeycutt

San Francisco artist Jeff Gutman breaks out a new groove with the edgy Cold Cold
San Francisco artist Jeff Gutman breaks out a new groove with the edgy Cold Cold Town, his third album, released on Mr. Knees Records. The album has a very lo-fi, early '70s feel, and it contains a few hidden gems.

The album opens with the title track, "Cold Cold Town," a picture of a typical, chaotic metropolitan city. "What You'll Never Know" and "If I Never Saw You" are other solid tracks on the album.

The strength of the album is in Gutman's storytelling, such as the track "Bittersweet," a tale about a woman he met on tour, who was pregnant and far away from her boyfriend and family. This Gutman dude is a road warrior. Writer Kevin Davis details Gutman's life and past occupations online. Gutman worked as an overnight hotel concierge where he was robbed, an ice cream maker, a member of anti-authority Free Radio Santa Cruz and a movie theater manager, among other jobs.

Ultimately, it's too bad this cat wasn't born about 25 years earlier. His style would have gone over a lot smoother in a past era. However, Gutman breaks loose with some solid tunes and catches a few haunting pictures of this weird, weird world on Cold, Cold Town.

Dert Online

Subtle, relaxing songwriter tunes for mellow music loving folks.
From northern California, the tracks are filled with subtle, relaxing songwriter tunes for mellow music loving folks.

Hybrid Magazine

Rhythmic singer-songwriter music that often sounds like English medieval folk wi
This was old by the time I got it. No idea if it got lost in the system or what, but something two years old ain't gettin' a full review, so I'll give it some due here since it made my list. Rhythmic singer-songwriter music that often sounds like English medieval folk with complex musical structures that more than make up for its spartan sound. The lyrics on "Gabriel" give me chills: "Gabriel carved out his head all today." Or, something like that; more disturbing than Pearl Jam's "Jeremy", any death metal song or gangsta rap and nowhere near as silly.