There’s a reason kids in small towns listen to songs about getting out. If you roll up 59 North outside of Houston, past all the suburbs and the strip malls, you’ll eventually hit Splendora, TX. It was in this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-town where Jeff Canada first picked up the guitar, playing alongside his Grandpa and Uncle.
After sidelining his dream for ten years to raise a family, Canada picked his guitar back up and ventured into the Houston cover scene, quickly carving out a niche with his unapologetic stage antics, biting comedy, and unmatched work ethic.
An audience of rabid regulars followed, but it wasn’t until 2018 that he finally found the voice he’d been struggling to get out in all those years of covering other people. It was a hell of a year. His marriage ended, followed by the death of his mother, and something finally cracked in the 6’3” Splendora boys otherwise tough exterior. “I wan ted to write a real, honest record,” Canada says. “Every line on paper is a line on my face, things I’ve lived. I could not have written this album ten, or even five years ago.”
Those songs would become Wishin’ Well, his first solo LP, and the foundation for an entirely new iteration of Jeff Canada as both a performer and a human being. This version isn’t running from anything. “I took a long hard look in the mirror and realized that it was mostly because of my own decisions,” he says. And that self-awareness explains why he can sin about the darkest moments in his life with a spark in his eye. It also explains why he’s since shared the stage with Stoney Larue, Chad Prather, Shane Smith and the Saints, Kevin Fowler, Cody Canada, Kody West, and sold out the legendary Texas listening room, Dosey Doe on his solo first appearance.
Here is how to find Jeff and his music