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If you met singer/songwriter Jeff Mamett, you’d find a soft spoken, hard-working, living by the code cowboy. Jeff’s songs have an authentic, earthy quality, utilizing colorful imagery and a sprinkling of wry humor.
Early on, Jeff was influenced by the singing cowboys, Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, Country artists like Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, and Gospel music that played on the early Sunday morning radio. Later, he developed a love for the work of great song writers like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, John Prine, Lyle Lovett and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
When Jeff was 8 years old, his parents told him it was time for him to learn to play an instrument. His first choice, bagpipes, was vetoed as was his second, drums. Guitar was the next choice. It was approved and lessons began.
At 13, he began playing with older musicians at dances and bars. When the bass player in the band quit, Jeff bought his gear and began playing the bass. After high school, he honed his craft playing on the road with club bands. Jeff then made the move to L.A. and later to Nashville, playing with various artists, doing studio work, clubs and touring.
When he and his wife started having children, being home to be a dad took top priority. Jeff hung up his bass and went to work in the cattle business.
In 2013, a few songs performed on a whim at an open mic night brought encouragement from a friend that kindled the urge to begin playing again. The “woodshedding” began and ideas for songs started coming in the middle of the night. With the help of some fine musical friends, these tunes turned into Jeff’s debut album entitled Here’s Your Hat...
Jeff can also be seen performing as a member of the Western Swing band Grand Junction.
Check them out at www.grandjunctionmusic.com