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His tour with a rock legend was cut short by the pandemic, so this Longwood musician looked inward to craft a new album of his own

Like musicians everywhere, singer-songwriter-bassist Jeff Coffey wasn’t able to tour during the COVID pandemic. The Longwood resident – who has performed with the legendary rock band Chicago and Don Felder of Eagles fame – put all that extra time at home during lockdown to good use, though. He stayed busy by writing and virtually recording a 12-song album, titled This Time Around.

The record, Jeff’s fourth solo studio album, was released on all digital platforms and as a physical CD in late May. Jeff has already released two singles from the record: the hopeful “Someday” and the title track, “This Time Around.” For the career musician, the new record is a standout for a couple of reasons.

“My writing is in a better place these days, probably because of experience and coming from a more mature outlook,” says Jeff, whose music bridges the gap between rock, pop, and country. “I’m really proud of the songs. I’m also really proud of how the record sounds sonically.”

Jeff also gave many virtual concerts during the pandemic to keep in touch with his devoted fan base – fondly known as CoffeyMates. And in May, he played his first live gig in more than a year, performing at a restaurant in Longwood in part to raise money for the music program at Lake Brantley High School (one of Jeff’s sons attends Lake Brantley, and the other studies virtually).

From May 2016 to January 2018, Jeff performed as the lead tenor vocalist and bassist for Chicago, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band.

After he left Chicago, Jeff toured as the bassist for singer and guitarist Don Felder from 2018 until the pandemic struck in March 2020. He hopes to rejoin Don, also a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, for performances later this year. And of course, Jeff is eager to finally hit the road again this fall to promote his own new record.

“There is a chemical reaction that happens when you do live shows between the audience and the performers,” Jeff says. “Nothing can match that. We all miss it.”

To learn more about Jeff and This Time Around, visit JeffCoffey.com.

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