New CD finished!
by fmarzano, posted 20 Nov 2012 08:55 AM
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Remember in August when I said, if all goes well, my new CD would come out in October?
All didn’t go well.
Mike (my producer) and I were slowly but steadily zeroing in on a final mix, when disaster struck in early October and Mike’s basement studio flooded. There were a couple of weeks of down time, but fortunately the tracks themselves weren’t harmed. The studio was eventually dried out and we resumed work two weeks ago. And so, it is with great pleasure that I inform you…
We have a final mix!
The song listing and artwork have been agreed upon, so creation of actual CD’s should commence momentarily.
The album itself is titled The Boy Who Always Got Picked Last, and will contain 11 songs:
“Huge Rock Star”
“Hit the Bricks”
“The Man I Can Be”
“Hurting You Right Back”
“We Both Loved You”
“Buy You a Drink”
“When They Put My Body in the Ground”
Musically, I’ve tried to keep things more focused: shorter songs, and fewer of them. The songs themselves draw from a wider palette, embracing elements of folk, country, grunge, hip-hop… and of course good old fashioned rock and roll.
For a sneak preview, check out this performance or “Buy You a Drink” at Active Aging in Meadville:
Once I actually get the CD’s in my hands, I plan to sell them through my website:
as well as at my live performances.
Speaking of which… now that I have a new CD to promote, I plan to step things up gigwise. Upcoming performances include:
12/30 (Sun.) – Giant Eagle, noon – 3 pm (Harborcreek, PA)
On the Road Again...
by fmarzano, posted 20 Oct 2011 06:56 PM
I didn’t make much progress this summer with my own CD (it’s getting increasingly difficult to book studio time), but the season produced a bumper crop of excellent albums by other local artists.
Some CD’s I’m very comfortable recommending are:
1) Tony Kellogg – “The Backward Mirror”
2) Tommy Link – “Ready to Fall”
3) Tom Hitt – “Scribe and Jester”
(Be sure to mention Frank sent you!)
At the current moment I’m in the second leg of “Senior Tour 2011”. One place made a mistake and double booked, and I got pre-empted for a demonstration on making maple syrup.
As I put my stuff away, I listened to the speaker, local historian Jan Woods, give a biography of Virginia Sorensen. Sorensen is known throughout northwest Pennsylvania as the author of Miracles on Maple Hill, which won the Newbery Medal in 1957 for outstanding children’s literature. Sorensen also wrote the book while she lived in Edinboro. What I didn’t know was, she lived in my house!
Jan owns and operates Hurry Hill Farm, dedicated to promoting Miracles on Maple Hill and preserving the art of making maple syrup:
Last month I did a taping for the “Dirty Dog Live Music Show”. This program, which spotlights some of the tri-state area’s finest musicians (and me), airs on Armstrong cable every Sunday at 9pm in five different states. Not yet certain when my episode will air, but it’ll most likely be posted on the Dirty Dog Live website:
Got a couple of local gigs coming up:
10/31 - Vermont Tavern (Erie)
12/3 - Eclectic Etceteras (Edinboro)
After that, it’s time to take this show back on the road! I’m in the process of booking some gigs farther away, including:
11/2 – Barking Spider Tavern (Clevelend, OH)
12/16 – Avenue 209 Coffee (Lock Haven, PA)
Rock long and prosper,
They'rrre... gonna put me in the movies
by fmarzano, posted 08 May 2011 03:33 PM
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In the last few months, I’ve graduated (?) from bars and coffee shops to restaurants. As you might guess, playing in a restaurant is substantially different from a bar or a coffee house. For one thing, customers aren’t there to hear music; the music is just a complement to the dining experience. At one gig, I went the entire night without hearing any applause. However, as I was packing up, I heard a number of positive comments about my music (and had earned some substantial tips as well).
One woman, after I told her that I wrote “Dawn in the Delta”, exclaimed, “You wrote that? I thought it was a real song!”
Other restaurant gigs I have coming up include:
Fri. 5/13 – Casablanca Grill (7 – 10 pm)
Sat. 5/28 – Casablanca Grill (7 – 10 pm)
As you might have guessed from my previous letters, I’ve been struggling with the whole “originals vs. covers” paradigm. I’ve played recent cover-heavy shows and received generous applause (and a nice full tip jar), yet went away unfulfilled.
This past Saturday I played at the Pie in the Sky restaurant in Erie. I played all originals, except for the last song (“The Masochism Tango”, by Tom Lehrer). I felt somewhat guilty milking the audience for laughs with someone else’s tune, but I had just served them three hours of depressing songs about breakups. This was dessert.
Other “originals-only” shows I have coming up in the future include:
Sat. 5/21 – Roff School Tavern (Meadville), 9:30 – 11:30
Mon. 5/23 – Vermont Tavern (Erie), 8 pm - ?
Sat. 7/2 – Eclectic Etceteras (Edinboro), 1 – 3 pm
I’ve added a couple more videos to YouTube:
1) “She’s at the Beach”:
2) “Ladies’ Night”:
Both songs were performed live at the Open Mic Night at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville, NY (Thanks, David!)
Speaking of video, I’m going to be a guest on the Dirty Dog Live Music Show in September. This program - which spotlights some of the tri-state area’s finest musicians (and me) - airs on Armstrong cable every Sunday at 9pm, and is broadcast in five different states. (Thanks, Lisa!)
In the more immediate future, this Thursday (5/12) I’ll be interviewed on “The Backstage Pass”, a biweekly radio show airing Thursdays 7 – 9 pm on WMVL (aka “Cool 101.7”).
You can stream WMVL online here:
I’ve written a number of new songs this past year; consequently, I’ve booked a number of gigs to showcase them. In addition to the dates mentioned earlier in this newsletter, upcoming shows include:
Sun. 5/15 – Presque Isle Coffee Shop (Erie), 3 – 5 pm
Fri. 6/3 – The Creative Crust (Meadville), 6 – 8 pm
Sat. 6/11 – The Market House (Meadville), 11 – 1 pm
Fri. 8/12 – Midway State Park (Maple Springs, NY), 12:30 – 1:30
Also this summer, I’ll be back in the studio – to work on my own stuff and to play guitar and mandolin on Tom Hitt’s upcoming CD. Tom is acquainted with any number of excellent musicians, so the fact that he wants me to play on his songs is quite flattering.
Rock long and prosper,
Radio Killed the Video Star - or Something
by fmarzano, posted 20 Feb 2011 07:13 PM
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One would be hard-pressed to think of a major artist who hasn’t dedicated a song (if not an entire album) to Christmas. My own contribution to the genre is a song I wrote in 2001 called “My Christmas Wish” (which appears on my CD “But Enough About Me”).
Well, every Saturday from 9 – 11 (Pacific time), 91.3 FM in Sonoma Valley, CA has a radio show called “All Kindsa Girls”, which features power pop from the past and present. On December 11, 2010, they had a Christmas-themed show, where “My Christmas Wish” was included, along with holiday gems from the Smithereens, Blondie, and Cheap Trick.
You can stream “Sonoma Sun FM” online at:
and see recent “All Kindsa Girls” playlists here:
Speaking of independent radio stations, there’s a lot happening right here in northwest Pennsylvania, too. WXCS 92.9 FM hosts an open mic every Wednesday night at the Villa in Cambridge Springs, and puts out a compilation CD every year featuring the best local music in northwest PA. (A song of mine, “Hit the Bricks”, was included on the 2010 CD.)
Farther south, WMVL (“Cool 101.7”) frequently interviews local artists: on Thursday mornings (when Dirty Dog Live’s Lisa Bower brings in local musicians for her “what’s happening this weekend” segment), and on “The Backstage Pass”, a biweekly show featuring in-depth interviews with local bands and songwriters.
Here are the Facebook pages for WXCS:
and “The Backstage Pass”:
I’ve also been inching my way back into the western New York music scene. My buddy David Allen Coester hosts an open mic night the first Saturday of every month at Webb’s Captain’s Table in Mayville (a high-end restaurant/bar in the Chautauqua region). The high caliber of musicians (myself excepted!) and early starting time (5 – 8 pm) make it well worth the drive.
Webb’s open mic night has its own Facebook page:
Speaking of Facebook, I’ve finally joined the 21st century and gotten in on the act myself. Yes, it’s time-consuming, but it’s also an incredible networking opportunity.
You can check out MY Facebook page at:
Well, that’s about it for now. I’ve got no bar/coffeehouse gigs lined up in the immediate future (though I suppose I should line up something for May so I have something to promote when I’m interviewed on “The Backstage Pass” on May 12).
Rock long and prosper,