New Local Label on the Horizon: Green Smile Records
Patchogue local Chris P. Cauley is a man of many faces. Formerly of rock band Goliath, he went solo a few years back and became known for his acoustic appearances around Suffolk with his little black Martin and loud, intense vocals. More recently he has been playing along with a band called the Chris P. Cauley Collective.
Going the route of a “collective” was an interesting route for a man who self-produces all of his music alone in his home studio—in many cases playing every instrument, on every track, himself. But to some, both music and life is a journey rather than a destination, and Cauley is not afraid of making a sudden detour.
This month he took another such detour when he announced the formation of Green Smile Records. After playing and writing with a wide variety of acts around the Island for years, Cauley says, “It’s a natural progression for me.” In addition to Cauley’s own music, which is available streaming on the label’s website, Green Smile Records will be releasing Jesse Pagano’s debut CD “Common Ground”. Also forthcoming are recordings from instrumental group The Reverend Mofo and One Arm, a side project with guitar virtuoso Sean Virag.
For more information, visit greensmilerecords.com, where you can also sign up for their newsletter.
Patchogue Jam 6
Here’s what you’re doing this Friday night (you’re welcome).
Patchogue Jam is an annual event put on through a collaboration of the folks who bring you Live in the Lobby at the Patchogue Theatre, and Acoustic Long Island. It is a yearly must-see event on the big stage at the Patchogue Theatre featuring Long Island’s best original music.
This year’s performers…
Kerry Kearney, a longtime local favorite who plays a mean slide guitar. Incidentally he is coming back strong from a major hit from Sandy… And anyone who is still out gigging constantly even though their house got bashed in by nature deserves major respect.
Cassandra House, a young Patchogue-based singer/songwriter with a big voice and an alternacountry flavor. Pick up a copy of her recent debut EP “Night Owl” at the show, if you haven’t already.
Butchers Blind, an Americana/alt-country band whose songs are the perfect fit for your next cross-country road trip.
Iridesense, a tight and catchy pop-rock group celebrating 20 years on the scene and releasing a new album this summer.
All told you don’t want to miss it.
Tickets are $18 and available from the Patchogue Theatre’s website.
New Music You Need to Not Miss
After a casual facebook post asking “Has anyone local put any new music out in 2013?” yielded 10 responses in 10 minutes I realized that a lot of awesome songs were going unheard just because of a kind of invisibility.
It’s crazy that you can hear, and get sick of, a new Taylor Swift song within the course of a week, but meanwhile the guy around the block from you can put out great independent records for years and you might not have a clue. It is that kind of gap that I am trying to bridge by covering local music.
Without further ado here are 3 new releases from local artists you need to check out. And don’t worry—more installments are coming.
Pamela Betti Band: New iTunes single “Booty Call”
Where to preview it: http://www.reverbnation.com/pamelabetti
Where to buy it: on iTunes
Sounds like: In your face female fronted blues with dirty guitar stylings.
Next Gig: March 29th at 89 North in Patchogue
Jack’s Waterfall: new CD “Everybody’s Music”
Cost: $13 for a physical copy signed by Jack; $9.90 on iTunes
Where to preview it: http://www.reverbnation.com/jackswaterfall
Where to buy it: on iTunes or the Arts Pharmacy website
Sounds like: Feel good acoustic fun for the whole family.
Next Gig: March 30th at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore
Christ P. Cauley: new EP “Songs You’d Never Hear”
Cost: streaming free on Soundcloud
Where to preview it: https://soundcloud.com/chris-p-cauley/sets/songs-youd-never-hear-ep
Where to buy it: Stream it on Soundcloud
Sounds like: Arty folk pop with a heart.
Next Gig: April 3rd at 89 North in Patchogue
The Spirituality of the Beatles
If you attend the Congregational Church of Patchogue this Sunday (Jan 13) you are in for a different type of service than you might expect. At 7:00 pm the Church will present a unique program called “The Spirituality of the Beatles”.
Miles to Dayton will be performing songs from The Beatles’ extensive catalog and Pastor Dwight Wolter will be discussing the links between music and spirituality. Wolter is known to many in the music community for his public speaking on issues that are relevant to secular and religious Long Islanders alike. He has earned a reputation for actively addressing issues such as civil rights, hunger, and racism and bullying within the community, with a compassionate and sensible approach that tends to unite rather than divide his listeners.
Miles to Dayton is a band that increasingly needs no introduction. With three successful albums under their belt and recent high-profile appearances in the Great South Bay Music Festival and WFUV’s On Your Radar, Long Islanders have had to make peace with the possibility of sharing their hometown heroes with the rest of the world. The band’s music has been tight from day one, but has continued to evolve into a dynamic, heart-filling folk rock sound.
This event will be the first in a series focusing on the relationship between music and spirituality. If the future events are anywhere near as promising as this one, this series is going to quickly become a community favorite.
The Difference Is In the Telling: Hank Stone’s Musical Journey
One cool thing about being part of a local scene is getting to watch artists evolve from the very beginning of their musical careers. Hank Stone’s first album was called Rough Folk and came in a slimline CD case with a home-printed label. Rough though it may have been, the songs were solid and the production was clean. Over the years, the term “rough folk” has come to define Hank’s gritty, informal style of musicmaking.
Hank’s new album, Until I Saw That Train, comes in considerably sleeker packaging, but not in a way that leaves the “rough folk” image behind. The performances and playing have matured, and the same solid bedrock of simple folk and blues is still at the foundation. Hank’s melodically thwacky guitar parts have evolved from accompaniments to arrangements, and Tony DeStefano’s production has further refined itself over the years as well.
Standout tracks include the goofy singalong “Apprentice Cook,” which is vaguely reminiscent of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” and “The Telling”—a loosely formed, stream-of-consciousness piece focusing on storytelling and human affection.
Hank Stone hosts a weekly open mic at Roast Coffeehouse on Fridays, and can be seen regularly performing around the island. For more information, visit www.hankstone.net.