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Jeff Norwood grew up on his family’s farm in rural Chesterfield County, SC, where he worked as a field hand and a tractor driver in his formative years. His first exposure to roots music and blues was in the homes of field hands and in country juke joints. After seeing Johnny Winter perform a show in Columbia, SC, a young Jeff Norwood decided to make music his profession.
Jeff began his career performing in small town dance halls and backwoods juke joints. He then apprenticed himself to R&B greats, The Drifters, and later, The Tams, working as road manager, sound man and fill-in band member. He traveled through Mississippi to learn and experience the Blues at the hands of such notables as Odell Harris, Robert Belfour, T- Model Ford, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the Late Paul” Wine” Jones and others. Jeff has also toured and worked with Drink Small, known as ‘The Blues Doctor’, for his mastery of Blues and Gospel styles. Others Jeff has worked with include artists as diverse as Hootie and The Blowfish, The Independents, Jason Ricci and New Blood, The Impressions(Curtis Mayfield’s Band), GWAR, Rockin’ Jason D. Williams, etc..
Equally comfortable solo or fronting a band, Jeff stays busy performing as many as 5 nights per week, mostly in the Southeast US. Jeff is also listed as an approved artist on the South Carolina Arts Commission Artist Roster for Performing Arts in Education and presents programs and workshops on roots music and its origins.
Norwood has performed at several notable festivals: The former King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AK, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston,SC, The Juke Joint Fest in Clarksdale, MS, the former Riverwalk Blues Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, The Sweet Gum Bottom Blues Festival in Greenville, AL, with more on the way.
Norwood is focused on the preservation of the traditional music and culture of the American Southeast as is reflected in his music: an original blend of traditional and modern elements bound together with the primal pulse of a backwoods, moonshine-drenched Saturday night. Norwood’s sound is authentic deep blues that still manages to resonate with audiences of of its more modern offspring, helping to bring roots music into a new era.