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#ClarkCast: Singer/bassist Jeff Coffey talks Tom Petty and life on the road with Chicago

Singer/songwriter Jeff Coffey talks about his life on the road with Chicago on the Oct. 17, 2017 #ClarkCast Podcast.
Singer/songwriter Jeff Coffey talks about his life on the road with Chicago on the Oct. 17, 2017 #ClarkCast Podcast. Courtesy Jeff Coffey

Florida-based singer/songwriter Jeff Coffey has spent the last almost year-and-a-half living the dream — if your dream is being the tenor singer and bass player in the rock band Chicago.

Before joining Chicago, Coffey was in a band with Kevin Williams, whose band Qrisis still plays in Biloxi and along the Coast.

Coffey’s road to Chicago, whose members were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, is one he has, gladly, told many times. He was working in Nashville where he befriended Doobie Brothers bass player John Cowan, who was also a friend of Keith Howland, Chicago’s longtime guitarist. When Howland called Cowan to see if he knew anyone who could temporarily fill in for Jason Scheff in Chicago, he was given Coffey’s name and number. And the rest is history.

Chicago is back on the road after some brief time off doing a run of shows in the South that will bring the band to Tupelo on Nov. 2, before playing a handful of dates on the East Coast before year’s end.

The band is also rehearsing for a performance of “Chicago II,” the 1970 double-album that featured songs such as “25 or 6 to 4,” “Make Me Smile” and “Color My World.” The performance, which is the first time many of the songs have been performed live in decades, will be shown on PBS and released as a DVD.

Coffey is also preparing to release a new single in January. The song will be available on digital platforms, including jeffcoffey.com.

Coffey is today’s guest on the #ClarkCast Podcast.

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