Bob Dylan Uncovered "easily ranks as one of the best collections ever of Bob Dylan songs by artists other than Dylan", Steve Matteo. Good Times Magazine calls it "a classic record that will be played and talked about for years to come" and "as close to sheer perfection as any locally produced CD we've ever heard. Not a bad song, note or moment on it". . Bob Dylan Uncovered - chock full of unique interpretations of some of Dylan's most interesting songs. Our challenge to the artists was simply stated: Take a Bob Dylan song and make it your own. The arrangements could go where ever their sound took them. The proof that these artists rose to this challenge is evident on these tracks. Also be sure to check out the Bob Dylan Uncovered More reviews: http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B000GG4K90/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1_cm_
Good Times says - "...unique (and wonderful) new album... a high water mark for Paradiddle as a true creative force in Americana/roots..." This CD features 14 Nanci Griffith compositions, some familiar, some not, performed by an eclectic array of artists. From 60's folk revivalists, John Stewart and Carolyn Hester, to contemporary folk rockers, The Kennedys, every song, is imbued with the individual style and personality of each artist.
Grammy award winning Texas singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith has been recording since 1978. Her most recent CD, Intersection, was released this year. She describes her style as, "folkabilly" which can best be described as a hybrid of folk, country and pop. In addition to her own songs, Griffith is well known for her interpretations of other songwriters' material. Several of these same artists, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Tom Russell, John Stewart, and Julie Gold, repay the favor on Trouble in The Fields.
Nanci has always tackled political and social topics in her songs and her current record is her most rebellious to date. You can pick up "A Blue Girl in a Red State" bumper sticker at her latest concert performances. Her activism includes an affiliation with Mines Advisory Group (MAG), which is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that assists people affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. Profits generated by sales of this CD will benefit this charity.
This project has been a labor of love for executive producers, Pete and Maura Kennedy, who recently toured with Nanci to support her latest release. Paradiddle Records is honored and excited to be a part of it.
"If I had to do my life over, I would change every single thing I have done."-Ray Davies In the mid-60's, while The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were developing as songwriters and The Who were just beginning to come into their own and adopting the mod cool of The Small Faces, The Kinks were already making quintessential English music, fighting like cats and dogs (or brothers), being plagued by shady record deals and having an overall rough time in the recording studio. The group never had it easy and was always overshadowed by its more popular contemporaries, yet pound for pound (or dollar for dollar), they probably made more quality albums and grew musically more than any of the aforementioned. Widespread American commercial success has often eluded The Kinks. Is it their Englishness? Did they not tour enough? Are their records sometimes just a little too intelligent for the average arena rock fan? No, no and no. Yet, for the legions of Kinks fans on both sides of the pond, there is above all an affection for the group that is boundless. Their influence only becomes more pronounced (see punk, BritPop and the recent Kooks album, called Konk) and the Davies songwriting style (if there is only one) has crept into the heart and soul of many a singer-songwriter. Davies remains a songwriter of the highest order. While a deepening of thought has crept into his more recent work, he certainly has not lost his sense of humor. Oddly, he seems less reflective in his recent work and sounds more like a man looking to the future. While we wait for the next solo album and even pray to the rock gods that brother Dave gets better and is up for a Kinks reunion, we have the new long-player Kinks UnKovered (klever title). There have only been two Kinks tribute albums. How could this be? While they both were fine platters, Kinks UnKovered shows the elasticity of Davies's songs. The roots of the music are here, whether that be country, folk, blues or jazz. The joy. The coy wordplay. The audacity. And it's great to hear so many female voices sing Davies's songs. There has always been a very feminine side to Davies's songs. This makes the first time that the world can hear another side of the music and draw deeper meanings from the music than we have heard before. (Yes, I know the Pretenders covered "Stop Your Sobbing" and "I Go To Sleep" as did Sia cover "I Go To Sleep") In fact, what you have here is only a sampling of the great songs recorded for this project. A true labor of love. This disc says as much about the great songwriting canon of Ray Davies as it says about the large number of truly great musical acts living right here on Long Island. There are a few obvious choices, but they are not done in an obvious way. There are obscurities, but given how well they are done, they will not be obscure for long. There are many from the later overlooked albums, which stands as a testament to the group's longevity. I've always thought that Long Island music fans have been so in love with classic British rock because Long Island, geographically (and even topographically), has much in common with England (which I guess would make Huntington the counterpart to either Liverpool or London). The Kinks have played a fair share of shows on Long Island. Between 1969 and 1995 they played 22 shows, their first at a place called Leone's in Long Beach and their last at Westbury Music Fair in 1995. All the artists who are included here have a strong affinity for the song, with a capital S, whether they be singing their own songs or covering someone else's. Every track sounds like it was recorded by the person who actually wrote the song, even though we know they didn't write it. These recordings sound like they have been around forever. There isn't a self-conscious moment to be found anywhere here. Every track was done for all the right reasons. They're all different, yet they all fit together; just like a great Kinks album. It's not a concept album, or even a greatest hits, and that's a good thing. It's not in chronological order either. This lively set would make the perfect soundtrack of a sunny afternoon in the summertime, whether at Montauk or Brighton. Give it a listen..
Steve Matteo New York September, 2009
With a dusty voice and resonant lyrics, the songs of Mike Meehan contribute to the alt.roots canon with tales of hard luck, worn paths and wide open vistas. "...Meehan seems to have smartly studied Warren Zevon for both his shadowy viewpoint and vocal edge" --Jerry McCulley, All Music Guide
When you listen to the music of Butchers Blind you know the future of Alt-Country shines blindingly bright. Butchers Blind encompasses the rich history of American Roots music, then broadens and reshapes it into something exciting, refreshing and uniquely their own.
Destination Blues marks a significant step forward for the band. They are venturing into new musical territory while keeping one foot firmly grounded in the sound they established with their first record, Play for the Films. The focus for this CD was on capturing the live energy of the band and the result is a resounding success.
While bands like Whiskeytown and Uncle Tupelo helped shape their Americana roots, the raw energy of influences such as the Replacements and the Hold Steady give them a rock sensibility. Pete Mancini’s confident, yet vulnerable vocals give their sound a rich texture. His songwriting draws you in and if you listen close enough you can hear the future of Alt-Country music in every note.
Produced by Bill Herman & Mick Hargreaves with Buddy Woodward on mandolin.
"[Destination Blues] proves they are a band that is evolving while creating and maintaining their very own identity in the alt-country world." - From Under the Basement (Best of 2011)
"[Destination Blues] follows a great American tradition: excellent songwriting, genuine musicianship and ballsy rock n’ roll and country songs about drinking and fucking up and pouring your heart out." - Jersey Beat
"The songs are tight, well written, and this is alt-country music at its finest. " - Red Line Roots
"Destination Blues follows in the footsteps of the alt-country greats. I have a feeling that, pretty soon, Butchers Blind will be able to count themselves on that list." - Adobe and Teardrops
"...strong melodies with intriguing themes...disciplined and focused songwriting, and that bodes well for this promising band." - Sun209
Paradiddle Records is proud to present "Play for the Films", the debut release of Butchers Blind. Encompassing the rich history of Americana Roots music and taking their influences from early pioneers like the Buffalo Springfield, Gram Parsons and the Band, melding it with today's forerunners of the genre like Wilco, Butchers Blind creates a sound uniquely their own. Pete Mancini's confident, yet vulnerable vocals convey songs about adventure and discovery. "Play for the Films" is inspired in part by Mancini's interpretation of his father's cross country travel journals, discovered by Mancini after having made a similar journey himself. "Play for the Films" will take you on a journey, too.
Butchers Blind: Play for the Films
Rocking alt.country from the heart of Long Island, NY
This Long Island trio dropped a few demo tracks in 2009 (reviewed here), promoting the catchy "One More Time" into a single and attracting some local attention. They've returned with a full album that leans on both their alt.country and rock roots. The Wilco influence is strong (unsurprising, given the band is named after one of Wilco's lyrical creations), and Pete Mancini's voice favors the reediness of Jeff Tweedy; but there's also a melancholy in his delivery that suggests Chris Bell, and a soulful bottom end in the rhythm section that gives the band plenty of rock flavor. Mancini's latest songs were inspired by travel journals kept by his father, as well as his own cross-country travels. From the opening "Brass Bell" you can feel the wanderlust, the urge to blow town, the expectation of the journey ahead and the confidence of someone young enough to enjoy (or at least react to) the moment. The previously released "One More Time," is repeated here at a faster tempo, adding a measure of urgency to the road's opportunities and challenges. There's discord and difficult choices, and emotional dead-ends magnified by the relentless closeness of travel. Communication shuts down, relationships split, and roundtrips don't always end in the same emotional spot they began. The album tips its hat to Steve Earle, as "Highway Song" opens with the signature guitar riff of "Devil's Right Hand," but where Earle's early work, especially Guitar Town, pictured small town inhabitants dreaming of escape, Mancini's protagonists are looking back from the road. The album closes with "Never Changing Thing," a letter home filled with the growing realization that a return trip may not be in the cards. It's a fitting end to an album of emotional changes wrought by physical travel, and physical changes wrought by emotional travel. [2011
"Their melodies are ingratiating in the way of fine pop records, and Mancini is a vocalist whose vulnerability holds you from the first word."
- Hyperbolium, August 2011
"Butchers Blind has a mournful pop songwriting style, slightly reminiscent of the Counting Crows, but blended with a folk-country sensibility to form a sound that is all their own."
- Long Island Pulse Magazine
Butchers Blind are a critically acclaimed Americana band from New York City. In 2011 they signed with Paradiddle Records and released Play For The Films. The album was a critical success, garnering the band favorable reviews and radio airplay around the world. In 2013 they released their second album Destination Blues, which was a significant step forward for the band. Shortly after it's release they found themselves opening for bands such as Blues Traveler and Marah and sharing the stage with influential songwriters including Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Steve Forbert and Iain Matthews.
Their new single, Thursday Girl, marks a stylist departure for the band and has already been played on prominent New York radio stations such as WFUV and WUSB among others. The melody and driving rhythm instantly recalls the sunny power pop of Big Star and Teenage Fanclub, which is propelled forward by a lyrical narrative reminiscent of the Pernice Brothers. The B-side, Mystery, is a tribute to the founding fathers of Seattle grunge: The Wipers. Pre order your copy today!
Some things in life are just worth waiting for. One of those things is Russ Seeger’s Live in Peace, the debut solo CD from a living legend on the Long Island music scene. For a remarkable four-plus decades, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Seeger has performed at virtually every venue in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, playing acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and more, singing his songs and uniquely interpreting the tunes of those who’ve influenced him along the way. He’s made music with such greats as Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Paul Siebel, Peter Stampfel, Rick Danko, John Hartford and—the one he’s most proud of—the late, great Levon Helm, who anchored a band with Seeger called the Last Hombres, who released an album, Redemption, in 2003.
So why has there never, until now, been a Russ Seeger CD?
“I’ve been at this game a long time,” Seeger explains, “but between raising children and bringing home the bacon, working as a lineman for the county, climbing telephone poles and driving trucks, I never had the time to go into the studio and make a proper album. The whole time, I always kept writing songs though, and now that I’ve retired from my day job it was time to put this stuff into a new package.”
Live in Peace (Paradiddle Records) is a stunningly potent and intriguingly diverse collection of some of the best of Seeger’s hundreds of compositions. Recorded at Paradiddle Studios in Huntington N.Y., the album was co-produced by Seeger and Bill Herman and mixed by 2012 Grammy-winning producer Bob Stander. In addition to guitars and violin, Seeger plays keyboards and bass, and is joined by a host of well-known virtuoso players and vocalists from the local scene.
“All of the musicians are generous and highly creative people who simply knew what to do after one or two takes, which made my job much easier,” says Seeger. “Playing what essentially matters” is how he describes the contributions of his support team. There’s an economy and confidence that speak to the maturity of Seeger as a performer and recording artist. “I tried to settle in with this record. I like giving a ‘surreal’ lyrical touch to the words and I wasn’t out to gun-sling solos. Working with drummer Roger Murdock, who co-wrote three of the tunes, was an exercise in how not to push too hard or complicate too much.”
Seeger’s music is distilled from his journeys across the human landscape, covering a wide spectrum of subjects and styles as accomplished as anything being done today, and he manages it all with wicked wit and great compassion. “There is a grand story of love, betrayal, redemption and death that link all of the songs,” says Seeger. “I love the idea of that.”
Among the highlights of Live in Peace are the title track, “Requiem,” “Hang Me Out to Dry” and “California Blues,” songs that “really tell my whole story,” Seeger says. “‘Requiem,’” he adds, “was the first time I attempted overdubbing a string section and I’m pleased with how it came out. When I mention the ‘Bee’ in that song, I’m talking about Beethoven, pompous as that might be.”
Pompous is one word that you’ll never see used as a description of Seeger’s music. More probable are adjectives like rebellious, tough, prickly, charismatic, highly cool and so damn funny. But this is no stage persona—as anyone who knows him can attest, that’s just Russ. Born in Rockville Centre on Long island, Seeger grew up in the hamlet of Franklin Square, where he was picking out boogie-woogie rhythms on a broken Spanish six-string guitar by the age of seven. “My first influence was the archetypal cowboy with a horse, who at night played a guitar and sang by a campfire,” he says. “I also loved the idea of making coffee in a tin pan...and it was always in black and white.”
Seeger made his earliest appearances as a singer/guitarist at church affairs and house parties and by junior high he was already playing in local rock bands, writing his own songs and remaking in his own image the tunes of some of his heroes, which included such classic-rock icons as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Procol Harum, the Grateful Dead, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Iggy Pop and “the whole gamut of country bands.” And two more that must be noted: Ray Davies and Bob Dylan. Seeger has paid tribute to those two inspirational figures by contributing to the Paradiddle albums Dylan Uncovered and Kinks UnKovered, and he’s taken part in Dylan tribute concerts on the Island.
In the early ’70s, along with keyboardist Steve Sollog and guitarist Dana Gaynor, Seeger formed a band at first called the New MississippiSheiks and later the Sheiks that ultimately became one of the most in-demand—and most innovative—bands in the area. He continued to work both solo and with countless other musicians in the wake of the Sheiks’ split, including one popular outfit called the Sons of Sweden. But playing in the Last Hombres with Helm for a few years was of course a major highlight, and Seeger feels honored to have had the experience. “It was awe-inspiring, to say the least,” Seeger says, “getting to rehearse up in The Barn in Woodstock and meeting his beautiful wife, Sandy. It was really a dream come true.”
Throughout all of those years, however, Seeger—as so many artists must—financed his music habit with day jobs and family life. It wasn’t until recently, with his kids grown and retirement papers in hand, that he was able to make music a full-time pursuit. Traveling to San Francisco for the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival inspired him to go back into the studio and finish up the CD that ultimately became Live in Peace.
As for the title, Seeger waxes philosophical when he talks about it. “It’s giving a positive expression of solidarity to all of us humans who have suffered in this world,” he says, “some at the hands of armies and war and some on a more personal level. I think it’s a message that always needs to be spoken about.” The title song, he adds, “was written from the perspective of an Iraqi war veteran who returns home and finds life hard to deal with. The song ‘Red Rose’ comes from a similar place.”
The opportunity to record his first solo album after so many years of building a regional fan base and attracting the attention of fellow musicians is one that Russ Seeger savors. He turns to a quote from the Russian poet Boris Pasternak to put it into perspective: “When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is easy to miss it.”
Live in Peace is that kind of great moment—one not to be missed.
Jeff Tamarkin is a veteran music journalist whose writing has appeared in Newsweek, Mojo, Relix,JazzTimes, Playbill, Billboard, Goldmine, CMJ, Sing Out!, the New York Daily News,All Music Guide, Newsday
Recorded over two nights in the lobby of Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in February 2014 celebrating 100 Live in the Lobby Shows.
Live in the Lobby started as a way to bring people to Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) on nights that the Main Stage was dark. We soon learned that there is a deep talent pool for Local Original Music on Long Island. We then heard from the musicians that very few venues welcomed and even preferred original songs and put the music first. We sought to become that venue. We created a seated, comfortable, acoustically appropriate, all ages alternative to late night bars, and went to work. With a dedicated group of volunteers setting up and breaking down, and the volunteer team from Paradiddle Records handling production, we've proudly become a "venue within a venue" that The New York Times called, "A felicitous space for music listening."
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect that we'd do 100 shows and beyond, but here we are, having just completed our Tenth season.
Even as more venues have embraced #Local Original music, audiences still flock to the Lobby because it's a unique space with a great vibe. I'm proud of what we've built and eternally grateful to the PTPA Board and Staff for their support, to the Village of Patchogue for maintaining this amazing building and to our volunteers who have become my family of fellow music lovers.
Long live Live in the Lobby!
Christopher Capobianco PTPA Board member and curator for Live in the Lobby June 16, 2015
Dedicated to all the volunteers who make these shows happen!
Executive Producer - Christopher Capobianco
Lobby sound team : Bill Herman, Tim Strohsnitter, Phil Tully, Kat Pulsonetti
Tunnel-Vision took the band over a year to complete and would have taken longer had Paradiddle Studio not been so accommodating. Band members had erratic schedules and working day jobs while juggling some exciting film projects and gigs made completing the CD a challenge. The film projects were the soundtrack for Veterans In Transition, produced by Suffolk Community College and film scoring the eco-thriller, The Orchard. We were fortunate to have a steady variety of very talented sidemen embellish the Johnny Zarrow sound-Mr. Joe Martinez, former Chubby Checker bassist, David Hom, harp and conga player extraordinaire and drummer Erik Armone, a young man with old-school groovability. Add to the list bass player Steve Kaplan and keyboardist Bill Herman, and the Johnny Zarrow sound chugged along to completion.
Paradiddle Records (2006) Come celebrate the holidays with Paradiddle Records with Happy Holidays from Paradiddle Records. Some of Long Island's top talent is featured on this CD doing their take on some of your holiday favorites. Happy Holidays from Paradiddle Records also debuts two new original holiday songs-"Christmas Eve" by Revolver and "A Christmas Letter" by Chairman WOW. It makes a great gift for the music lover in your family!
Recorded live at the Patchogue Theater, January 6th, 2008, in front of a sold out house.
Paradiddle Records 2008
...this album has great melodies and harmonies and rhythms"-The Celebrity CafeReviewer: Marie J. Pellegrino
If you're looking for blues, a bittersweet blues sound with a touch of sass and a dash of contemporary life, then you're looking for Jay Scott. After a few turns with assembled bands, Jay takes it out solo and his experience, and experiences, are shared with a heartfelt pathos and a sensitivity to the predicaments we share in life. “Moment In Time” kicks off the CD as a rocking declaration that Jay’s long awaited moment has arrived, as evidenced by this, his first full length solo album. “Come Around” follows as an up-tempo jazz-laced riff that will immediately set your toes to tapping. "Sometimes" is a stand out song for the simplicity of its tune and lyrics, and the beautiful backing vocal by Jessie Haynes. Beneath the simplicity of the lyrics is a deep sense of sincere passion: "Beggars they cheat and cheaters they lie and sometimes your lover says goodbye." Hey, it stinks but it's true. It is necessary to hear Jay sing it, in is his touch below tenor, teetering on gravely, voice. “Good Fight" is a great track with three part harmonies built on a simple acoustic tune that speaks to us all - we all have our gray days and although we sometimes feel put upon by life's demands, we pull it together and keep it together for ourselves and those we care about. Jay takes it up tempo again with "Lightening and Thunder” and "Deliver". "Lightening and Thunder” captures the jamming live sound of Jay Scott and Grand Case Scenario as Jay cuts loose with a hard, forceful vocal and "Deliver" is a funky club sound blues tune and you can feel yourself moving to the solid beat but you know somebody is gonna be done wrong, again. Finally, “Lonely Road” is Jay Scott classic for those who have been following him for a number of years, and has long been the closing song for his live shows. This tale of Jay’s trip to the west coast and back features backing vocals from Rorie Kelly. Take a little time and enjoy Jay Scott and maybe in his reflections you will see reflections of yourself. See yourself and maybe a few of those thoughtful times may come to mind. And maybe a few smiles will come from your reflections on your bittersweet times.
Foothill Freeway, the debut solo album from Butcher’s Blind frontman Pete Mancini, offers another showcase for his terrific songwriting chops,... Mancini’s solo debut delivers richly imagined songs that both honor and extend the Americana and singer-songwriter traditions, beautifully matching Voice with voice. With a deep sense of purpose and tremendous craft, Mancini catalogues the foibles and failings of men and women, lovers and nations, a tapestry of all-too-human humanity. - The daily Vault 3/31/17 http://www.dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=9418