Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, front man of The Sway Machinery and frequent collaborator with Balkan Beat Box, Jeremiah Lockwood started his career performing on the streets and in the subways of New York City, playing solo and with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim. Local favorites, Jeremiah and Carolina Slim's relationship has been chronicled in The New York Times Magazine and Time Out NY. American Primitive, Jeremiah's solo album, is an attempt to capture that fascinating and powerful intersection of Americana and NYC street culture. Listen to "Love in the Dungeon" and "Going to Brooklyn" from American Primitive here on Myspace.
"Lockwood, a young Brooklynite who plays good guitar and banjo and sings like he's possessed by the schizoid spirit of Bukka White, forges his own idiosyncratic strain of blues-cum-country on his impressive debut." –DownBeat
The Sway Machinery, Jeremiah's band, offers a different view of his musical personality. This exciting project, a collaboration with musicians from Antibalas and Tom Waits' old band, is an exploration of the Ashkenazic Jewish liturgical music tradition Jeremiah grew-up exposed to in his family. The band has been capturing the attention of more and more New Yorkers in the last year and is poised to break out on the national and international level.
"Lockwood's arrangements of Jewish cantorial songs whip up a frenzy wherein all the world's music can do that which music does best: celebrate. Such joyful synthesis is what music is all about, not to mention what New York is all about."
–Buzz Poole, The Village Voice
Jeremiah Lockwood lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Shasta and their two sons Moses Lion and Jacob Ulysses.
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