Gary Wilson is an experimental musician/performance artist best known for his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me, after which he promptly retired from recording and performing concerts. He slowly gained a strong cult following during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the early 2000s became active again.
Born on The North Side of Endicott, New York, Gary Wilson was one of four siblings, the others being Larry, David and Patti. They kept several ducks as pets while children. His father worked for IBM during the day, and by night played stand-up bass in a lounge band whose act played the same hotel approximately four nights a week for 25 years. Gary was a self-taught musician, and was proficient in guitar, bass, drums, piano and cello by the time he entered grade school.He has credited his earliest influences to be Fabian, Bobby Rydell and most of all Dion. His mother would curl the front of his hair for him every morning so that he could look like his teen heart-throb idols.
At age 9, Gary Wilson joined his school band, playing stand-up bass. The following year, he wrote his first song. At 12, Wilson started acquiring tape machines and began recording songs in his parents' basement. Around this time, he became fascinated by The Beatles and rock and roll (he attended The Beatles' famous 1965 Shea Stadium concert). About a year later, he began playing keyboards in a band called Lourde Fuzz. They cut a single when he was only in eighth grade. The group even earned a spot on a bill opening for The 1910 Fruitgum Company. When the band's lead singer left, Wilson took over vocals and songwriting, but quickly proved to be too strange for the other members.
In 1969, Wilson discovered the music of aleatoric composer John Cage. When sought out, Cage surprisingly invited the 14-year-old musician into his home to discuss and critique music for several days. Wilson was also given advice by the composer, such as if your music/performance "doesn’t irritate people, you aren’t doing your job." This experience is deemed by many to be a huge event in Wilson's life, and his songs became increasingly experimental after this point. Wilson has also cited avant-garde composer David Tudor as a major influence during this time. Upon graduation from high school in 1970, he moved to New York City for several weeks, but quickly returned to his parents' home in Endicott, New York. Around this time, Wilson "fell right into" playing lounge music on the side, just as his father had.
You Think You Really Know Me and self-imposed exile
Gary Wilson went to Albert Grossman's Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York in 1976, a well-known recording studio that has played host to sessions by Bob Dylan, R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Rolling Stones and many other notable acts. There, Wilson recorded versions of "6.4=Make Out", "Chromium Bitch", "Groovy Girls", and "I Want To Lose Control". He eventually decided that he would prefer to record at his familiar home studio and finished recording You Think You Really Know Me, his first album, in his parents' basement. On this recording, Wilson sometimes played solo and was other times accompanied by a backing band, The Blind Dates. He pressed, distributed, funded and released the album himself. Wilson pressed 300 copies in 1977 and a further 300 copies in 1979 (he now claims that he only has two original copies left in his personal possession from these pressings). In 1991, Cry Baby Records would re-release the album, pressing about 1000 copies.
His 1970s concert performances were cited as bizarre and outrageous, a "show that included cellophane, duct tape, bed sheets, fake blood, flour, and milk." So outlandish were the shows that often they would have their electricity cut in attempts to get them to leave the stage. After receiving a small amount of radio play, Wilson decided to try and pursue landing a record deal and moved west to California in 1978. There he recorded three singles, In the Midnight Hour/When I Spoke of Love (1978), Forgotten Lovers E.P. (1979) and Invasion of Privacy (1980). Although he did have some supporters (receiving fanmail during the period from the band The Residents), viable commercial success did not find Wilson. After a 1981 American tour, he retired from the experimental music scene and dropped off the public radar.
Wilson then lapsed into obscurity until around 1996, when Beck was heard citing him as an influence in concerts, at award ceremonies, and on his album, Odelay. Perhaps most notably, Beck namechecked the musician in his hit single "Where It's At": "Passin' the dutchie from coast to coast/like my man Gary Wilson rocks the most." Around the same time, he was cited by the people behind Sub Pop Records as a major influence on their company.
In the early 2000s, Motel Records began a search to find the reclusive musician, but were unsuccessful (even after hiring a private detective). He was eventually found through contacting ex-band members. He was nearly 50 years old, working part-time at The Jolar Cinema adult theater, playing keyboard in a weekly jazz act called Donnie Finnell & Company East at the Rancho Bernardino Lounge and living with his girlfriend (an experimental artist who had studied at UCSD in the 1980s) in San Diego. He gave Motel Records his permission to repress You Think You Really Know Me, and also offered to play a handful of shows to promote the rerelease.
On May 16, 2002 Gary Wilson returned to the stage after a 20 year absence, playing two shows at Joe’s Pub in downtown Manhattan. A documentary about Wilson's career and his return to the public stage was filmed by Michael Wolk, titled You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story. The film recorded the musician's long and emotional train ride (due to his fear of flying) from the west coast back to his native New York for his first concert in decades. The film was screened at several theaters in 2005, and was released on home video by Plexifilm in June 2008. Wilson said attending the film's premier at the Lincoln Center in New York was "one of the highlights of my life."
Motel Records soon after put out Forgotten Lovers, a collection of singles, b-sides, rare and unreleased songs dating back to 1974. In 2004, Wilson released Mary Had Brown Hair on Stones Throw Records, his first album of original material in almost 30 years. In 2005 he played instruments and co-produced "Rain of Earth" as one of the 'Stones Throw Singers' on a tribute album to Bruce Haack titled Dimension Mix. In 2006, his website stated that a greatest hits album was in the works, supposedly to feature tracks from You Think You Really Know Me and Forgotten Lovers; however, no further plans for the album have been revealed and it may have been scrapped. Wilson continues to occasionally perform live, though usually in southern California, sometimes unannounced and typically unpromoted. He has not toured since his rebirth in popularity, apparently due to his dislike of traveling and aerophobia.
According to Wilson's MySpace account, the musician currently resides in San Diego, California. As of mid-2008, his lounge act band is still together, playing their regular Friday and Saturday night slot at Bistro 221 in Escondido, as well as playing for-hire at special events and country clubs, covering songs by Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, etc. He also stated that he had recently come back in to email contact with the infamous "Linda" featured in many of his songs. Although they were able to resolve some old issues, the woman is now married and Wilson said of the situation, "I don't think it's cool to get between people."
In May 2008, Wilson's website announced that a new album, Lisa Wants To Talk To You, was in the works. The record was set to be released on Human Ear Music on August 15, 2008 but the release was delayed for unknown reasons until September 15. Western Vinyl released Gary Wilson's new album Electric Endicott in the fall of 2010. The album is available on CD, vinyl, and MP3. To promote his new album, Wilson performed on the October 27, 2010 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with members of The Roots acting as his backing band. In July 2011 Stones Throw Records released a direct-to-vinyl live recording from a performance earlier that year.
Wilson was slated in November 2011 to release a new digital album, "Feel the Beat," on Tip Records, a music-business incubator created by rock critic Robert Duncan as an exploratory arm of Duncan/Channon A limited number of copies are to be released on CD and vinyl as well. In 2012, Wilson was featured on the song "Sweden" from rapper/producer Pyramid Vritra's album "Pyramid", and in 2013 he was featured on the song "Sandy Kissed Gary Wilson Last Night" from production duo They Hate Change's album "Today." In May 2013, Wilson and the Blind Dates toured Europe for the first time. The touring band consists of Patrick Healy (percussion, vocals), Chef Pittman (drums), Sam Vandelinder (guitar, organ, synthesizer), Paul Millar (bass guitar, synthesizer), and T.W.Bond (keyboards).
- Another Galaxy (1974)
- You Think You Really Know Me (1977, reissued 1991 and 2002)
- Forgotten Lovers (2003, reissued 2011 on vinyl)
- Mary Had Brown Hair (2004)
- Lisa Wants To Talk To You (2008)
- Electric Endicott (2010)
- Feel the Beat (2011)
- Dream(s)/Soul Travel (1973)
- Another Galaxy/Softly the Water Flows (1973–1974)
- In the Midnight Hour/When I Spoke of Love (1978)
- Forgotten Lovers E.P. (1979)
- Invasion of Privacy (double 7") (1980)
- This Is Why I Wear My Wedding Gown E.P. (1983)
- Newark Valley (2004)
- 6.4 = Make Out (demo version) (2004)
- My Eyes Are Closed/My Dream Is Yours (Flexi, 7", Single Sided, Blue, Ltd Numbered) (2011)
- Sea Cruise (7" Ltd) (Rita Records) (2014)
Photo: João Canziani
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Gravelding Brothers Band
We are from Binghamton, NY and have a long collective history of experience and musical abilities. We like a good groove, lots of jamming and killer guitar work on top of honest vocals.
The GBB has it roots in a local band called "Rusty Still". At places like the Blue Moon, The Barleycorn and T.J O'Malleys we began our live playing in the mid 80's thru the early 90's with Nick, myself and our childhood friend and drummer Jamie Lane. After Jamie's tragic passing in 1994, Nick began to play full time in his College band, Frostbit Blue, and we drifted apart musically. Recently at a one-off show in Jamie's Memory, we decided to do some local gigs around here...Thus began the Gravelding Brothers Band.
Nick's command of the vocal stylings of Greg Allman, Doug Grey and Ronnie Van Zandt allow us to play a wide range of southern rock favorites including, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Outlaws, The Allman Brothers and the like. Nick is also the lead vocalist & guitarist in a very popular New York State Band originally hailing from Oswego called Frostbit Blue. Nick's guitar playing is also one of the strong points of the band. His influences range of course from Duane Allman, Toy Caldwell, Hughie Thomassen, Dicky Betts, Eric Clapton as well as many others.
My playing, Scott Gravelding, also comes from the same fertile rock guitar ground of the 70's with the added influences of Jeff Beck, lot's of Blues players..ie..the 3 Kings (BB, Freddie and Albert) and SRV and some good 80's metal players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen. Our combination in guitars is always easy as brothers and we strive to seamlessly weave our playing into the context of this band.
With his ability to deliver solid beats no matter who he’s working with, Gary Armstrong’s versatile style and impressive high vocal range allow us to venture where we normally wouldn’t go. He has performed with Carl Dixon (former lead singer of the Guess Who and Coney Hatch), Johnny Petillo (producer and former member of Danny and The Juniors), Karl Probst (one the originators of Dueling Pianos) in addition to performances with current members of Grand Funk Railroad’s founder Mark Farner’s band Nr’G, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Foghat along with former members of Royal Hunt (Denmark) and Lynch Mob.
Brother Benny's bass playing is always grooving, melodic and rumbling in the great tradition of Berry Oakley, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney and others. Benny is the owner of a local music store called "Music City" and has played with many people including his band "Brothers of the Road". His good time feel and world class musicianship keeps us rooted and is always a potent sound in our mix. Benny is also the bass player in Frostbit Blue as well.
We specialize in good musical interactive between ourselves..We are unafraid to improvise, change, make these songs our own in terms of arrangements and we have alot of fun doing it. We are starting to incorporate some original material and look forward to introducing it into out live set......
STAY TUNED !!...and wear your hat!
Photo by Andy Shipman
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Human Powered Aggression
We have done countless shows in NY & PA shared the stage with many great bands & look forward to many more. Here are few bands we have shared the stage with Ruination, Elevator Death Squad, Prelude the Ruin, Ashes of Granduer, No Man Road , Break of Aggression, Skin-n-Bones, Last of Nine, Mobday, Recycled Zombies, Hollow Bodies, St. Dredd, Rize just to name a few will update again soon.
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If Man is Five
The two were later reunited through the Broome Community College music program and decided to start working together in If Man Is Five, with Brianna on guitar and Angela on Bass and Lead vocals. As a result of both being classically trained musicians, the two eventually fused these backgrounds with the edgier and heavier style of music they both enjoyed into their own distinctive genre, opera-core. Seamlessly transitioning between beauty and brutality, the band quickly gained recognition and praise in their hometown and began branching out as far north as Canada, as far South as Maryland and as far West as Michigan. The two persisted through many trials and tribulations, persisting despite line up changes and a deteriorating music scene.
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Michaelson is half Swedish, and was born to artistic parents. Her father, Carl Michaelson, is a composer ("The Praise of Christmas") and her mother, Elizabeth Egbert, was a sculptor. Her mother was of Dutch ancestry. Michaelson took up piano at age four, and trained until seven at Manhattan's Third Street Music School, continuing for many more years at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island's Dorothy Delson Kuhn Music Institute. While there she met vocal coach Elizabeth McCullough, who worked with her through high school. She is a graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and Binghamton University, where she received a degree in theater.
While at Binghamton University she was a member of the Binghamtonics, a co-ed a cappella group, as well as the Pappy Parker Players, an improv comedy group, and the theatre repertory company under Sue Peters. Her time at Binghamton is mentioned in the song "The Hat". She grew up doing a musical theater group called "Kids On Stage." Later in life, she became a director until she decided to pursue her career in music.
2006–2008: Girls & Boys
In 2006, Michaelson independently put out her second album, Girls and Boys. The album, like her previous music, was streamed on Myspace. A music producer from the ABC Drama Grey's Anatomy found her music online. After being contacted by the music producer, Michaelson began to be approached by several record companies. Wanting to retain all of the rights she had as an independent artist, Michaelson developed a deal with Original Signal Recordings, acting as the marketing and distribution arm for Michaelson's label. Through Original Signal, Michaelson re-released Girls and Boys into mainstream marketing on September 18, 2007. It peaked at #63 on The Billboard charts and received positive reviews from critics.
2008–2010: Be Ok and Everybody
In 2008, Michaelson released her 3rd album, and 1st Compilation Album, Be OK. The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard Charts and received mixed to positive reviews. The album features the single, Be OK, which received a large amount of exposure on several shows and commercials. In 2009, Michaelson released her fourth album, Everybody. Everybody debuted on #18 on the Billboard charts and received positive reviews. It features the single, Maybe, which received positive reviews and was featured on several television programs. Her show in Sydney, Australia at the Metro Theater is available online at MoshCam, a website that shows many pre-recorded concerts.
2010–2012: Parachute and Human Again
In 2010, Michaelson digitally released the single "Parachute", a song that she wrote but was used by Cheryl Cole on her album 3 Words. The song has not been featured on any albums, but is available on both iTunes and Amazon.com. In 2012, Michaelson released her fifth album, Human Again. Human Again debuted at #5 on the Billboard charts and received very positive reviews, with critics praising the album's unique sound. Michaelson's first tour leg for the album, The Human Again Tour, was sold out almost every night of the tour.
Since the first tour, Michaelson has continued to tour on three other legs, two in North America, and one across the world. The first leg of Michaelson's tour was held from April to May. The second leg, The Human Again Summer Tour, was held from June to August. The Third Leg, The Human Again Fall Tour, began in September. Michaelson also played three shows in Australia, where Human Again was the first formally released record of hers there.
In September 2012, she was featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book.
2014–present: Lights Out
On February 4, 2014, Michaelson released the single "Girls Chase Boys", the first from her new album Lights Out. The single is available on iTunes, Google Play, and at Amazon. The single can be played on Spotify and Rhapsody as well. On April 25, 2014, Michaelson released Lights Out which includes 14 songs.
- Slow the Rain (2005)
- Girls and Boys (2006)
- Be OK (2008)
- Everybody (2009)
- Human Again (2012)
- Lights Out (2014)
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But what impressed me most about Lost Time Blues is that this is a real booty-shaking CD that’s a great party album, with 11 very danceable songs. However, the CD’s highly danceable repertoire of nine rockers, three folk-rock tunes, and two slow numbers in no way detracts from the incisiveness and creativity of the songs themselves. This is a solid CD for listening as well as for hip-shakin’, feet-movin, finger-poppin’ good times.
Lear lists his main influences as T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bob Dylan, and those influences are there in Lost Time Blues, along with the electric Chicago blues of Jimmy Rogers and J.B. Lenoir. Sharing space with this solid blues core is also another solid core built around the classic guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll of Ronnie Hawkins, Link Wray, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins and early Elvis Presley, along with a dollop of early Rolling Stones, the Mamas and Papas, white country-rock, and that early folk-rock paradigm, “Corrina, Corrina,” from the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan LP.
The six vigorous rockers are the Lear-composed tracks of track 1, “Streets of Michaelangelo” (a Dylanesque title if there ever was one); track 3, “Leave This Town;” track 5, “Sure Gonna Miss You;” track 6, “Sometimes;” and track 9, the John Lee Hooker-like “Blues 3 Ways” (with, as the notes say, “[a]dditional lyrics…borrowed from Bob Dylan and Son House”). There’s also a sterling rock arrangement of Big Bill Broonzy’s “Key to the Highway ”(track 8). If these don’t move you to the dance floor, you’re likely to be declared legally dead!
Acoustic guitar-driven folk-rock is expressed in track 2, Willie Brown’s “Ragged and Dirty (an old song most familiar in its Sleepy John Estes Rendition, “Broke and Hungry”), and the Lear-composed country-rockers “Muddy Water” (track 4, about a flood) and the philosophical screed, “Lost Time Blues” (track 10), with Lear’s guitar riffing joined by Brian O’Connell’s banjo. O’Connell plays gospel-inflected organ on the Otis Redding/Percy Sledge-inspired slow soul blues, “Boogie Woogie Woman,” a song great for holding your baby tight while you slow dance romantically. Another slow blues here is the last track, the pensive and lyrical “Bluebird” (both also Lear-composed).
O’Connell adds his organ talents to “Streets of Michaelangelo” as well, and Pete Ruttle plays somewhat Dylanesque harp on “Ragged and Dirty.” Jake Lear plays electric guitar on all tracks where he doesn’t play acoustic, and his electric solos are excellent, tasty, wonderfully understated, and, even though long, with several songs featuring two guitar solos, never subject to overlong gonzo technique-for-technique’s sake flash.
Like Ruttle’s harp, Jake Lear’s singing and songwriting can be described as Dylanesque as well. His vocal style is reminiscent of a lower-register Bob Dylan, and his masterful songwriting partakes of those deliciously surprising lyric twists that are so much part of Dylan’s songs, with their infusing into the mundane and standard the brittle and surrealistic.
All these making Lost Time Blues one strong effort from Jake Lear that’s both artistically compelling and fun to listen and dance to. Add to its credit the two Anna DeMauro photo montages that grace the front and back covers, and this CD becomes a visual knockout as well as an aural one.
Lost Time Blues can be ordered from Jake Lear’s website, above. Buy this CD for your next blues bash, and not only will you have a party to remember, you might even have this reviewer crash it as well. “Hey, hey, hey, good to see ya, hand me a cold one. Wow! Dig that Jake Lear Lost Time Blues CD! Hey baby, wanna dance?”
For more information, visit: Jake Lear or Jake Lear Facebook
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At a recent workshop, Jamie had an opportunity to play for and with finger-style guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, upon hearing Jamie play he said, “That’s brilliant,” and praised Jamie as a gifted guitarist with a wonderful sense of melody.
Jamie’s artistry ranges from Classical to Jazz to Country and Rock; each with its own passion and raw sophistication along with Jamie’s own style and wit.
Jamie had the good fortune of tremendous teachers throughout his career. A graduate of the Flip Hayes School of Guitar, Jamie also was fortunate enough to study with classical master Paul Sweeny.
Jamie’s playing has taken him across the continental United States and into Europe where he performed for receptive audiences in Russia.
Closer to home Jamie has done both session guitar work and live performances for countless artists and groups. He has open up for such artists as Diamond Rio, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and a host of others.
Presently, Jamie is immersed in the world of finger-style guitar, but still has plenty time for the electric guitar as well.
Jamie's composition, technique and passion are some of the most beautiful, detailed and just plain fun guitar music you may ever hear.
For more information, visit: Jamie Willard
Most people that drive through rainy and foggy conditions will grab the steering wheel tightly and concentrate on safely reaching their destination. For Upstate New York based singer/songwriter Jared Campbell, a recent drive home in such conditions was the inspiration for his new album, Beyond The Gray. That’s not to say Campbell didn’t grip the wheel as he strained to see more than five feet ahead of him, but he realized that the weather that night was symbolic of his journey as an artist. The white line was the only thing guiding Campbell, and he likened that line to the values of family, faith and interest in life that were guiding him when he didn’t know for sure what his future in music was.
“Beyond The Gray” became the new album’s title track, and the perfect symbol for the last few years of Campbell’s career, which were trying as he has changed management more than once. But Campbell’s faith in God, as well as the support of his wife Meridee, family and friends, kept him inside those “white highway lines.” The result is a set of music that is Campbell’s strongest and most powerful to date.
Beyond The Gray features all of the stylistic sides that make up Campbell as an artist– from straight up pop/rock tunes such as “Maybe With Me” and “Memories” to an infectious dance groove in “Teach Me to Love,” or a playful side in “Music Man” (which features Campbell on ukulele) to his softer, more sensitive side in “My Queen”, a song written for his mother. “This was the first time in my career that I felt I finally had the say in what was going into every nuance of every song on the record,” says Campbell. “I went in the studio with a clear vision for each song and how I wanted them to translate to my audience.”
And powerful as it is, Beyond The Gray does have history to live up to. When Campbell released Rest Out in 2004, he did so to a sold out Forum Theater in Binghamton (capacity 1500). A subsequent live CD and DVD set, Anderson and I, was recorded and released in 2005 to 1,200 adoring fans. In all, Campbell has sold over 18,000 units, all without the support of a record label. He was hand picked by the editors of Billboard to perform in the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series, and his music has appeared on shows such as MTV’s “Real World” and “Road Rules.” Campbell has shared the stage with the likes of Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, Collective Soul and Hootie & The Blowfish.
For the release of Beyond The Gray, Campbell is celebrating on November 28 back at the Forum Theater. “This is my favorite venue to play in my hometown,of Binghamton" he beams. “I dreamed of playing that stage from a child, and having the chance to return is a thrill for me. I hope to see all the familiar faces there that helped shape my career from the start.”
In addition to performing in clubs and on campuses nationwide, Campbell is moving forward with “The Blue Project,” an interactive live show presented to students to teach them more about the power of songs and about the music business in general.
Jared Campbell’s career has had its ups and downs, but he’s always had a passion to be known for and to meet others through his music. And if Campbell can grab control of the wheel again, and continue to make music for a living, he will have achieved success.
“My main focus,” he says, “has been allowing my music to impact the lives of listeners by experiencing joy, finding comfort through pain, and looking past obstacles toward living a better life.”
For more information, visit: Jared Campbell
Jeff's excited to announce the upcoming release of his first cd. It is a creative compilation of songs written and recorded over the years. His songs emulate hit record, radio friendly, poppy hooks. This collection is intended to be an example of Jeff’s song writing capabilities, rather than bass playing skills. Along with bass lines, Jeff also contributes the background vocals, and 12-string & electric guitar parts. This album is just the tip of the iceberg, as the bag of songs is overflowing.
Jeff is frequently requested to provide his pulsating technique on other artists’ projects. He is quite the diversified musician/writer. Not to mention, monster bassist. Some have even commented, "virtuoso".
Most recently, during 2010, Jeff returned to play with old friend and band mate, Roger Earl of Foghat http://www.foghat.net . In January 2010, Jeff completed bass lines on Foghat’s most recent cd, Last Train Home, which continues to draw favorable reviews. Not a weak track on the album. Check it out! Jeff also received writing credits on this project.
For more information, visit: Jeff Howell
Jeff's musical journey started in earnest when he started the uncategorizable, regional touring Binghamton based band Yolk in 1992. The septet played over 1,000 gigs from Canada to Florida to Colorado. They sold almost 40,000 copies of their 3 cd's and played sold out shows at all the major clubs on the Eastern Seaboard. The popularity of the band gave Jeff opportunities to play with the Violent Femmes and to play and record with moe.
After Yolk fizzled out near the millenium change, Jeff tried his hand at Jazz school. He graduated from Purchase Conservatory with honors in 2003 and moved to NYC to try his luck with the jazz thing. Jeff also tried his hand at film scoring (The Lottery) and at commercial music (CNN, NBC, ESPN, and Nissan). After playing in various projects in NYC and Philly (Andy Stack, Suzie Brown, Adrien Reju, LAdy Rizo) he decided it was time to finally give his own vision a shot. After the album was released, Jeff teamed up with two kindred spirits from his road days with Yolk : Steve Bailey on guitar (Grinch, Fat Daddy Hasbeen) and Anthony Sabol on Bass (Freight Train).
Jeff plays drum kit and sings lead vocals live. Though more stripped down than the album, the live incarnation of the material is energized by the ferocity of Bailey's guitar and Sabol's taste and ears. The band stretches out a bit instrumentally, but not to the degree you may expect given their Jam band pedigree. Songs are showcased and instrumental prowess seems to be aimed at making that possible, rather than for it's own sake.
The trio started touring in July of 2012.
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Joe Cat is an Americana Singer/Songwriter living in Athens Georgia. Growing up listening to classic rock radio in Endicott, New York. His Americana style gained many of it’s roots from that sound. Over the past few decades, he has worked and lived in many different areas of the East Coast.
Joe Cat writes music that is simple, and straight forward about dark complicated subjects. His music is a portrait of observations mixed with a wild imagination. It is that inner voice that is only confident enough to speak out loud when it is placed in a song. Sometimes music can help us to deal with many of life struggles, from love found and lost, to unfulfilled dreams and broken promises. In sharing these very personal experiences they may help to console the listener. From the aftermath felt by a soldier now living in the complicated world outside of the military, like in his song “Americas Best”. To the struggles of hard working people everywhere trying to make a living for their families with very limited opportunities as illustrated in the song, “Sleep Like Kansas”. His music wants to tell us that we are not alone. That life itself should be a journey to be celebrated and shared. Joe Cat’s music is for everyone who works hard at what they love or hate. For all the people who will never see the silver lining. For all of the ones who are too scared to be themselves and too selfish to help others. It’s for the ones who inspire creation and help other artists with their craft. For the believers and dreamers of the world.
For more information, visit: Joe Cat
His father, Steve, has fronted several bands playing modern rock and blues. His uncle, Craig, is a well-known jazz drummer and drum instructor. At the age of 9, Kolby began drumming for his father’s modern rock band, Interstate. Kolby later drummed in other genres of music including blues, punk rock, country, and classic rock. At the age of 14, Kolby joined his father’s well-known blues band, Smokehouse Blues. During that time Kolby began teaching himself to play guitar, and discovering yet another talent he possessed. Kolby would soon play guitar with Smokehouse Blues covering songs like Johnny Cash’s, “Folsom Prison Blues”. The response from his family, friends, and fans, convinced Kolby that country was the path he wanted to take.
Kolby soon began performing acoustic sets and also formed his own, Kolby Oakley Band. Covering all of the current country hits and classic artists including Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Dwight Yolkum. Kolby soon began to draw crowds by the hundreds! Kolby also started attracting attention from booking agents and other industry people. Kolby Oakley Band was invited to play before The Zac Brown Band at the 2014 Dick’s Open which sold out 20,000 tickets in a week! Kolby is currently working on his new album and has just released his first single, “MUD BOG” January 2015.
He has released a music video for the single as well.“To play a song that you wrote and put so much time into , for me, is one of the best feelings in the world and I can not wait to share my music with all of my fans!” says Oakley. Kolby hopes to take his album to the national stage, starting in his hometown, then to Nashville, then the world! “My album is about where I’m from and what I love. And I can’t wait for all of my fans and future fans to jump in this truck with me and hit the road, no matter where it goes!”
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Krooked Knuckles share a tight-knit brotherly bond and set themselves apart from many of today’s bands you’re likely to hear on the radio airwaves. The Knuckles keep a simple and realistic approach of recording their music, much to the same way as what you would hear when listening to a live performance.
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Ranaldo started his career in New York in several bands, and joined the electric guitar orchestra of Glenn Branca. In 1981, he and David Linton briefly joined the band Plus Instruments formed by Truus de Groot. With this line-up they recorded the album February - April 1981, released on the Dutch Kremlin label. After the release of the album, Ranaldo left the band and started Sonic Youth with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon.
Among Ranaldo's solo records are Dirty Windows, a collection of spoken texts with music, Amarillo Ramp (For Robert Smithson), pieces for the guitar, and Scriptures of the Golden Eternity. His books include several with art or photography by Leah Singer, including Drift, Bookstore, Road Movies, and Moroccan Journal: Jajouka excerpt (from a full-length book of writings on Moroccan travels and music). Ranaldo has also published Jrnls80s (published by Soft Skull Press), as well as a book of poems, Lengths & Breaths, with photography by Cynthia Connolly. His most recent book of poetry, Against Refusing, was published by Water Row Press in April 2010 with cover artwork by Leah Singer. His visual and sound works have been shown at galleries and museums in Paris, Toronto, New York, London, Sydney, Los Angeles, Vienna, and elsewhere.
After Sonic Youth went on hiatus in 2011, Ranaldo released Between the Times and the Tides in early 2012 on Matador Records. The record was the first under his own name to feature comparatively straightforward, vocal pop rock songs. Contributors to the record include Jim O'Rourke, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert, Wilco's Nels Cline, Alan Licht, John Medeski, and bassist Irwin Menken.
To tour for the album, Ranaldo organized The Dust as his formal group, featuring Licht, Shelley, and bassist Tim Lüntzel. In 2013, his follow-up album Last Night on Earth was released, credited to Lee Ranaldo and the Dust.
Collaborations and side projects
Ranaldo has produced albums for artists including Babes in Toyland, You Am I, Magik Markers, Deity Guns, and Dutch art rock-ensemble Kleg. He has edited a volume of tour journals from the 1995 Lollapalooza tour written by himself, Thurston Moore, Beck, Stephen Malkmus, Courtney Love, and others.
His main side projects are Drift and Text of Light.
Drift is a duo with his wife Leah Singer, with whom he has performed many live installation pieces with improvised music. This collaboration, utilizing live manipulated 16mm film projections, electric guitar and recited texts, occupied the duo from the early 1990s until late 2005, when they re-created the performance as an art installation at Gigantic Art Space, a gallery in New York City. Since then the pair have been performing a new piece entitled "iloveyouihateyou", a combination installation and performance work that has been presented in the US and Europe. In 2005 Drift released a box set with a DVD and a book.
Text of Light was founded in 2001 by Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht, Ulrich Krieger, Christian Marclay and William Hooker. The core group is Ranaldo, Licht and Krieger with changing DJs (Marclay, DJ Olive, Marina Rosenfeld) and drummers (Hooker, Tim Barnes, Steve Shelley). The music is free improvised and mostly played along with, but not really referencing, films by Stan Brakhage. The name for the band comes from Brakhage's film The Text of Light.
In 2007 Ranaldo collaborated with British rock band The Cribs on their third album Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever. Ranaldo performs a spoken word piece against the track "Be Safe". Ranaldo made an appearance in the 2008 feature documentary by Nik Sheehan about Brion Gysin and the Dreamachine entitled FLicKer.
Besides working as a guitarist he has frequently produced sound, performance and visual art independently of Sonic Youth. He has released over fifty solo, band and collaborative recordings, and a dozen books, including travel journals, poetry and artists’ books. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums, including the Hayward Gallery in London, the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, NSCAD in Halifax, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Mercer Union in Toronto, and Printed Matter, Artspace and White Columns in New York.
Preceded by a 2012 event at Nuit Blanche, on October 21, 2011, the Music Gallery, InterAccess and the Images Festival presented the North American premiere of Ranaldo’s Contre Jour, a performance piece for swinging guitar, with visuals by longtime partner and collaborator Leah Singer. This performance was also done in Paris, Rotterdam, during IFFR, and Madrid afterwards.
Glacial Trio is a band consisting of Ranaldo, guitarist David Watson and drummer Tony Buck. In 2010 Ranaldo released the solo album Maelstrom From Drift on Three Lobed Recordings with guest appearances of Tony Buck and David Watson. The band released On Jones Beach In 2012.
Ranaldo usually uses Fender Jazzmaster, Telecaster Deluxe electric guitars and sometimes Gibson Les Pauls, with radically alternative tunings, and modifications. One of his Jazzmasters has a single coil pickup installed between the bridge and the tailpiece to exploit the resonating chiming sounds on that area of string at these so-called tailed bridge guitars.
Since Ranaldo and Moore, together with Elvis Costello and J. Mascis, are known for being key figures in the popularisation and resurrection of the Fender Jazzmaster, Fender introduced in 2009 a special Lee Ranaldo signature edition of a transparent blue version, together with a transparent green one for Thurston.
In 2013, Ranaldo played a Watcher guitar from the French company Custom77 during his last Lee Ranaldo & The Dust tour throughout Europe.
- Bookstore and Others (Paperback) - Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer, Hozomeen Press (April 1995), ISBN 978-1-885175-06-9
- Drift (box set with DVD) - Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer, Gigantic ArtSpace (2005), ISBN 978-1-933045-34-4
- Ground Zero: New Yorkers Respond (Paperback) - Lee Ranaldo, David Amram, Frank Messina, Wasteland Press (August 15, 2002), ISBN 978-0-9715811-7-3
- Hello from the American Desert (Paperback) - Lee Ranaldo, Curt Kirkwood, Silver Wonder Press (November 2007)
- JRNLS80s (Paperback) - Lee Ranaldo, Soft Skull Press (1998), ISBN 978-1-887128-31-5
- Lengths & Breaths (Paperback) - Lee Ranaldo, Cynthia Connolly, Water Row Press (August 2004), ISBN 978-0-934953-79-5
- Moroccan Journal (Hardcover) - Lee Ranaldo, Fringecore (1999), ISBN 978-90-76207-52-0
- Moroccan Journal: Jajouka excerpt (Unknown Binding) - Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer, Ring Tarigh for the Literary Renaissance (1997), ASIN: B0006RJF80
- Online Diaries : the Lollapalooza '95 tour journals (Paperback) - Beck, Courtney Love, Stephen Malkmus, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Mike Watt, David Yow, Soft Skull Press (1996), ISBN 978-1-887128-20-9
- Road Movies (Paperback) - Lee Ranaldo, Leah Singer, Soft Skull Press (Nov 30, 2004), ISBN 978-1-932360-73-8
- Against Refusing (Hardcover) - Lee Ranaldo, Water Row Press (April 2010), ISBN 978-0-934953-84-9
- Solo albums
- From Here to Infinity (1987)
- Scriptures of the Golden Eternity (1993) (Recorded 1988-1989)
- Dirty Windows (1998) (Recorded 1991-95)
- Amarillo Ramp (For Robert Smithson) (2000) (Recorded 1990-95)
- Outside My Window The City Is Never Silent - A Bestiary (2002) (Recorded 1991-95)
- Music For Stage And Screen (2004)
- Ambient Loop For Vancouver (2006)
- Maelstrom From Drift (2008)
- Between the Times and the Tides (Matador Records, 2012)
- Last Night on Earth (with the Dust) (2013)
- Acoustic Dust (with the Dust) (2014)
- Singles & EPs
- A Perfect Day EP (1992)
- Broken Circle / Spiral Hill EP (1994)
- Countless Centuries Fled into the Distance Like So Many Storms (2008)
- East Jesus (1995)
- Collaborations with William Hooker
- Envisioning (1995)
- The Gift Of Tongues (also with Zeena Parkins) (1995)
- Clouds (1997)
- Bouquet [also with Christian Marclay] (2000)
- Out Trios Volume One: Monsoon (also with Roger Miller) (2003)
- Oasis Of Whispers (also with Glen Hall) (2005)
- The Celestial Answer (2005)
- Collaborations with others
- Cover of Pink Floyd's "Money" on Martin Bisi's Creole Mass LP (1988)
- MMMR (also with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Jean-Marc Montera & Thurston Moore) (1997)
- New York - Ystad (with Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Mats Gustafsson) (2000)
- New Life After Fire (For Tom Thomson) (With Dave Dyment) (2003)
- Four Guitars Live (Ranaldo / Giffoni / Moore / Cline (2006)
- Les Anges Du Péché [Jean-Marc Montera / Thurston Moore / Lee Ranaldo] (2011)
- Live recordings
- Fuck Shit Up (with Thurston Moore & Christian Marclay) (2000) [Live]
- Text Of Light (a band which included Alan Licht, Christian Marclay, Tim Barnes, Ulrich Krieger, William Hooker) (2004)
- As a band member
- See discography for Sonic Youth discography
- Glacial (Lee Ranaldo, David Watson & Tony Buck) - On Jones Beach, LP, (2012) Insound
- Afternoon Saints
- Text Of Light
- Plus Instruments - February - April 1981, Kremlin records, 1981
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This genuine dedication has led them to have a presence beyond their expected “scene,” playing a 2 hour long bar set one night and a 30 minute all ages show at a community center the next, living on the road during multiple DIY tours, and even an opening spot for Motley Crue. You can’t stand with your hands in your pockets at a Lila Ignite show. They won’t let you, and you’ll thank them for that. From selling out a hometown pizza shop (complete with flyers going out on pizza delivery runs the week before) to celebrating the release of their ambitious third album, Not Punk Rock, to a crowd of over 180 paid attendees 2 hours from their hometown, Lila Ignite is the kind of band that is never afraid of who they are, where they came from, or where they are going.
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Setting up a small studio in his Upstate New York apartment, McStine started writing and recording new material in 2009 with no clear agenda. As he pooled together funding from solo performances, guitar lessons, and landscaping work, a new passion and focus was evident as the unnamed project continued. Completing a new, full-length album was now McStine’s goal.
Initially performing all of the album’s instrumentation himself, Randy eventually decided to bring in outside support for the drum tracks. McStine blindly reached out to ex-Spock’s Beard drummer Nick D’Virgilio to fill the seat. D’Virgilio would not only perform on most of the songs, but also offer and accept the role of mixing the entire album. Amongst other additional musicians, McStine enlisted longtime vocal favorite and personal friend Dug Pinnick (King’s X), for the end of a song entitled “Moral Disgrace.”
As recording sessions for the new album wrapped up in late 2009, McStine named the project Lo-Fi Resistance. The debut album, A Deep Breath, was released independently on April 6th, 2010. Praised for its unique blending of Progressive Rock, Power Pop, and Singer-songwriter influences, the album has drawn comparisons to diverse artists such as Todd Rundgren, Roger Waters, Yes, Crowded House, and The Police.
Randy began writing for a second Lo-Fi Resistance album, Chalk Lines, in April of 2011. Undoubtedly the most ambitious project of McStine’s career to date, Chalk Lines both expands on and abandons the foundations of the first album. Drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson) is featured throughout the entire album, along with bassists Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), John Giblin (Kate Bush), and Dug Pinnick (King’s X) among its roster. Dave Kerzner (Sound Of Contact, Kevin Gilbert) splits keyboard duties with McStine, along with co-writing three songs and co-producing the album.
Since the release of Chalk Lines, McStine has toured internationally as lead vocalist/coguitarist of The Pink Floyd Experience, along with filling the live guitar role for Sound Of Contact. LoFi Resistance is set to release a new record, The Age Of Entitlement, in September 2014. A bold and unique entry into the catalog, this collection sees McStine reaching into different musical territory once again, pulling influence from '70s electronic music, artpop, and more. Described as a "mini-album," The Age Of Entitlement will be a digital only release.
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