Jeff Slate: Biography

Jeff Slate is an ASCAP award winning singer-songwriter from New York City. He co-founded the 1980’s mod/punk band the Mindless Thinkers (which was named by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols), and in the mid-90’s released The Townshend Tapes, on which The Who’s Pete Townshend acted as executive producer. He later opened for Sheryl Crow on her “Tuesday Night Music Club” tour before founding the band The Badge in 1997, which released three albums and countless singles, EPs and live “bootleg” sets, two “best of” compilations, and went on to become darlings of the UK/European “mod” scene in the 2000’s. 

In 2010 Slate released the solo single “Dreamtime,” which featured Earl Slick (Lennon, Bowie) and Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), as well as other alums of David Bowie’s bands. Birds of Paradox, his first solo album of original material, was released in 2012. It was followed in November 2013 by Imposters & Attractions, and his contribution to the Pete Quaife Foundation Kinks tribute album Shoulder To Shoulder, in 2015, which honored the band’s late bassist. His 2016 album Secret Poetry was another all-star affair, lauded by critics and fans alike. A video of the song “Letter From Paris (Showed Me The Way)” featuring Slate and Slick, was directed by Patrick McGuinn.

During the 2020 lockdown, Slate performed over forty Facebook Live and Instagram Live streaming concerts to thousands of fans each week, including one for the Martin Guitars series “Jam In Place,” and released the live album Lockdown Live, taken from those performances. He also released the single and animated video “Heartbreak,” which featured Slick, Duff McKagan and other rock and roll luminaries, and contributed a cover of the Traveling Wilburys’ song “Handle With Care” with his band to the official celebration of Tom Petty’s 70th birthday.

Jeff's music has appeared in advertising and films and on television, including in the hit shows Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.

Over the past decade Slate has been a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and many other publications, writing about music and culture, and has appeared on television and radio numerous times, including on former-Sex Pistol Steve Jones’s Los Angeles drive time show Jonesy’s Jukebox, and SiriusXMs Volume channel, where Slate is also a guest host, as well as the BBC numerous times. He is the co-author of the 2017 book The Authorized Roy Orbison, written with the late legend’s sons, and has written liner notes for albums by Orbison, the Small Faces, Shawn Colvin, for the Stax Records 60th anniversary reissue series and for The Beatles’ 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In 2018 Slate wrote the 10,000+ word essay included in Bob Dylan’s More Blood, More Tracks, the 14 edition of his long-running Bootleg Series. In 2021, he contributed the 11,000 word book included in the Rolling Stones' 40th anniversary expanded edition of the classic album Tattoo You.

In 2019 Slate appeared onstage at the first World Of Bob Dylan conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sponsored by the Bob Dylan Center there, where he interviewed The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn and performed with the legend. He also performed at all-star concerts celebrating The Clash’s album London Calling in New York and L.A.

In 2020, and Slate appeared at a show in Los Angeles fronting the band from the “Echo In The Canyon” film, as well as at an all-star concert at New York City’s Town Hall honoring the 80th birthday of the Woody Guthrie song “This Land Is Your Land.”

Returning to the road in 2022, Slate appeared at the grand opening of the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, and will be appearing the Tom Petty Birthday Weekend in the late-legend's hometown, Gainesville, Florida, later this year.

Slate proudly plays a Martin OM-28E Retro Acoustic Guitar with Martin Strings, as well as Hofner basses and Vox amps.


Beloved classics. Deep cuts. Lost gems. Songs from the vaults. An evening of Bob Dylan like you’ve never heard before!

Jeff Slate & Friends lead a celebration of Bob Dylan’s 82nd birthday at Hill Country Live! on Friday, May 19th. Advance tickets are on sale now and are $15 (inclusive of fees).

Whether you’re a hardcore fan of Bob Dylan, a classic rock trivia buff or just discovering the greatest songwriter of the past 50-plus years, this show is for you.

In celebration of this milestone in Dylan’s life, Jeff Slate and his all-star band will treat you to an evening of stellar rock and roll, and will be joined by some of the hottest names on the NYC and national music scene, so this is one that is not to be missed.

In May 2014 Jeff Slate made his Hill Country Live! debut with his Dylan Obscura show to a packed house. Prior to the 2020 lockdown, he’d returned monthly with stellar, packed shows celebrating David Bowie, Tom Petty and others, and playing original music inspired by those legends. Since the end of lockdown, Slate and his band have performed regular, sold out shows at Hill Country Live! with many more exciting celebrations planned in the future.


Join the Duluth Dylan Fest for a special evening of music with Jeff Slate, Award-winning New York City-based musician and writer. He has appeared on stage and worked with music legends like Pete Townshend, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy, Sheryl Crow, and others, and his music has appeared in advertising and films and on television, including in the show Gossip Girl. Joining him is Mark Bosch.

Opening for Jeff Slate are Paul Metsa and Sonny Earl. Paul Metsa, who the Huffington Post called " The other great folksinger from Minnesota's Mesabi Iron Range '' will be joined by his longtime harmonica player Sonny Earl in a great evening playing Dylan songs, Metsa originals, and blues and country songs by artists that influenced Bob Dylan.

You don't want to miss this show.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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