Bio: Jeff Powel|
Jeff started playing music at the age of seven on a plastic guitar with a cowboy themed bas relief on the soundboard.
He received instruction from his older brother, Jake, and after years of practice, a stepwise guitar upgrade or two,
he mastered at least three chords. To his amazement, when played in a repetitive pattern, over and over, those chords seemed
to annoy his parents while filling his heart with joy. Jeff learned early that his playing induced others to chant “Turn that down!”
more or less in unison, a refrain heard long into his adulthood. He played lead guitar in various bands throughout high school,
earning easy money at small town dances, and sometimes even believing his playing was good. In college he met more and better
musicians playing folk and folk-rock to smaller audiences but with greater skill and audience approval. Upon entering graduate
school he was playing only folk music, having left all his electric equipment in storage. By his 50’s he was playing to himself
in his living room with an occasional jam with friends known since high school and college.
After retiring from a neuropsychology practice in 2007, Jeff undertook the task of re-learning to play his instrument and,
after a 6 month web class with Doug Seven, emerged with slightly improved playing ability and a desire to play with
others. He rounded up old friends and found a few new ones and began playing covers and the occasional original. Armed with
burgeoning skills as a recording engineer, Jeff and his friends began memorializing their efforts and the results are now posted on line at this site.