Jeff's music is a cozy blanket of sound to wrap around that little voice inside your head. Familiar, comforting and substantial with a brand of hopeful meloncholy that hints of an artist nurtured by the likes of Morrissey and the the Indigo Girls. Born and raised within earshot of the sprawling Chicago music scene, Jeff was a player in it's ranks for over a decade before moving his base of operations to Columbus, OH. First, teaming up with Jilly Idle in the acoustic duo Carnival of Faith. The group released two CDs and was invited to contribute a track to premier acoustic venue Uncommon Ground's compilation, Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse Sampler (Volume I). Altergott took the solo road with his debut release, Little Blue Record Player, touted by Chicago Reader's Monica Kendrik to have 'bite and funk and [a] sense of wonder'. Jeff's current release, Icarus Grounded, has him reaching for the stars with a CD that benchmarks excellence in the world of independent music. On the heels of it's release, the Chicago Tribune featured Altergott in it's Artist Watch and then on their Metromix television program. The cut 'Whiter than White' received accolades and airplay on WXRT's Local Anesthetic. Halfway around the world, LinuxTag handpicked the title track for the first OpenSource music compilation CD, which has been released in Europe. New York producers of Discovery Channel's upcoming Outward Bound series have licenced songs 'Icarus Grounded' and 'Holding Hands with a Leper' for episode soundtracks. On stage, Altergott's energy swirls about the crowd like a whirlpool with an undercurrent that is as strong as it is irresistible. The strength of his live performance earned him a place at the annual Jeff Buckley tribute concert in 2000, honoring the transcendent hero with artists from across the country.
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