Jeff Buckley’s promising, inspirational and excruciatingly brief life ended tragically in a drowning accident in Memphis in 1997. He was 30 years old. Gary Lucas continues to perform all over the world as a solo artist and in subsequent incarnations of Gods and Monsters. He recently scored original music for the Oscar nominated documentary LaLee’s Kin.
Jeff Buckley’s journey to Grace, the only album he completed during his lamentably brief lifetime, had many detours; Songs to No One 1991-1992 chronicles an especially important path. Beginning in the spring of 1991, Jeff, newly arrived in New York from Los Angeles, began working with virtuosic former Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas on a new edition of Lucas’ band, Gods & Monsters. Over the subsequent year, the two collaborated on material and threw themselves into adventurous covers. Veering from rapturous to ravaged, entranced to electrified, these historic recordings—culled from studio sessions, home tapes, and club performances—document for the first time this crucial early stage of Jeff’s artistic development. From nascent versions of “Mojo Pin” and “Grace” to fiery, never-before heard originals, Songs to No One is the sound of Jeff Buckley coming into focus, discovering his voice, tapping into
the transcendence that would become his hallmark. These are the sparks that would quickly build into a magnificent, roaring blaze.
—David Browne, author, “Dream Brother: The Lives & Music of Jeff & Tim Buckley”
“Songs To No One…” producer and longtime Buckley friend Hal Willner is best known for his experimental works with such artists as Debbie Harry, Dr. John, and Tom Waits. This collection is co-produced by Knitting Factory’s Sascha Von Oertzen, and was assembled under the watchful eyes of executive producer Michael Dorf (Knitting Factory) and with the approval of Mary Guibert (Estate of Jeff Buckley). Of special note are two songs which feature the addition of new instrumental tracks performed by Bill Frisell (on “Satisfied Mind”) and Sex Mob (on “She Is Free”).