Richard Barone – “Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” with Steve Addabbo and Special Guests – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – February 9th, 2018

Richard Barone – “Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” with Steve Addabbo and Special Guests

Richard Barone – “Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” with Steve Addabbo and Special Guests

Special Guest: Anthony DeCurtis, acclaimed author & contributing editor of Rolling Stone, Jeffrey Gaines

Fri · February 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$15 ADV - $17 DOS + Fees

Richard Barone – “Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” with Steve Addabbo
Richard Barone – “Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” with Steve Addabbo
In the 1960’s, NYC’s Greenwich Village was the epicenter of a revolutionary movement in the history of American music. A new wave of writers and performers, inspired by the folk revival of the late fifties, created introspective, socially-aware, deeply personal songs that deserve to be considered as a key part of the American Songbook. These writers – Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Richard Fariña, Fred Neil and Phil Ochs, to name just a few – changed the “folk” repertoire from traditional songs to songs sprung from personal, contemporary experience. This freewheeling evening, featuring songs from Richard Barone’s new album “Sorrows & Promises” and more, pays tribute to that exciting era, exploring the lasting legacy of artists and songs that still resonate today. Richard will be joined by Steve Addabbo and special guests to be announced.

Copies of "Sorrows & Promises" will be available on LP and CD for purchase and signing.
Richard Barone
Richard Barone
RICHARD BARONE is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman for The Bongos, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists in every musical genre. He has recently collaborated with Tony Visconti, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Sean Lennon, Dion, John Sebastian, Alejandro Escovedo, Allison Moorer, and Donovan, as well as Moby, the late Lou Reed, and American folk icon Pete Seeger. He has scored shows and staged all-star concert events at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the SXSW Music Festival. His memoir Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth was published by Hal Leonard Books. His latest album "Sorrows & Promises" — produced by Grammy winner Steve Addabbo with A&R Direction by Grammy-nominated writer Mitchell Cohen — celebrates the early 1960s music scene of Greenwich Village, where Barone lives. He is affiliated with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.
Steve Addabbo
STEVE ADDABBO is best known as a GRAMMY-winning producer, musician, writer, recording engineer and owner of Shelter Island Sound Recording studio in NYC. Steve's production and engineering work on Suzanne Vega's first two albums set a new standard for the singer songwriter genre and helped pave the way for artists like Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman and others. Suzanne's second album, Solitude Standing, with the worldwide hits Luka and Tom's Diner went multiplatinum. Steve also co-produced Shawn Colvin's Grammy Award winning debut album, Steady On. Recent projects include mixing Bob Dylan's Bootleg X, Another Self Portrait, unreleased recordings from 1970, mixing all 400+ tracks from the 2017 Grammy winning Bob Dylan Bootleg XII, The Cutting Edge, Jeff Buckley's recent posthumous release from 1993, You and I, Richard Barone's newly released Sorrows and Promises and Steve's own debut album, Out of Nothing.
Jeffrey Gaines
Throughout his two-and-a-half-decade recording career, Jeffrey Gaines has maintained an impressive standard for soul-searching, introspective lyrics and catchy, uplifting melodies. Since bursting on the scene with his self-titled 1992 debut album, the charismatic singer-songwriter-guitarist has built a beloved body of recordings that’s won him a large and deeply devoted international fan base.

Now, after an extended absence from the recording studio, Gaines returns with Alright, his first Omnivore Recordings release and his first set of new studio material since 2003’s Toward the Sun. Street date is January 26, 2018. The new album features ten irresistible examples of the Philadelphia-based artist's personally charged songcraft, performed with the same effortless exuberance that's long been a hallmark of Gaines’ artful recordings and his dazzling live performances.

Recorded in Los Angeles with producer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Price (whose production resume includes acclaimed recent comeback efforts by Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, as well as his own widely celebrated second solo effort, Stop Talking), Alright features an all-star studio band consisting of guitarist Val McCallum (Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams), bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Cracker, John Hiatt), and drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Elliott Smith), who also record on their own as Jackshit.

Alright vibrates with positivity and enthusiasm, lending an unmistakable immediacy to such effervescent new Gaines originals as “Feel Alright,” “Firefly Hollow,” “Seems to Me” and “Frowned Upon.” The new songs showcase Gaines' sublime melodic gifts, his vivid lyrical insight and ingratiating performing skills, while drawing strength from the unmistakable chemistry of the studio team, which cut all of the album’s backing tracks in a marathon three-day session.

“The whole experience of making this album was just a joy from beginning to end,” Gaines asserts. “We didn't have a lot of time, so there was no fooling around. We just went in and knocked it out. Everybody played great, so it was an inspiring situation. The musicians have similar influences to me, so we were all on the same page, and I picked the songs I thought would suit this group of musicians. It was cool to have a structure, but at the same time it was also loose and organic.”

“Chris and I have a lot of shared interests, so that definitely helped,” he continues. “And I had really wanted to work with the Jackshit guys. Val McCallum had played guitar on my album Towards the Sun, and I wanted to work with him again And I love to record with rhythm sections that already play together, which Davey and Pete do, so they've already got the non-verbal communication going."

"I couldn't be prouder to be involved in the making of this album,” Chris Price adds. “We got a raw, immediate sound thanks to the incredible musicianship and killer vocal performances. Everyone showed up on their A-game, so nothing was left to chance. Not to mention the fact that Jeff wrote some fantastic tunes that worm their way into your head, and don’t have any intention of leaving.”

Alright’s title, Gaines explains, is a reflection of the mood in the studio during recording. “It’s just what everybody kept saying over and over again while we were making the record,” he says. “People would come into the studio and listen to a track and say ‘Hey, that’s alright!’”

Gaines has been pursuing musical transcendence for much of his life. Raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by soul-music-loving parents, he began his musical life playing guitar in local cover combos, before his songwriting muse became too insistent to ignore. He soon landed his first record deal shortly after graduating from high school, and in 1992 released his widely acclaimed debut album Jeffrey Gaines. The eponymous disc won massive amounts of critical and audience acclaim, spawning the hit “Hero in Me.” Somewhat Slightly Dazed (1994) and Galore (1998) further expanded his audience. Interview magazine described Gaines’ work as “soul-searching” and “refreshingly free of jargon, sentiment or cliché.”

In 2001, Gaines’ release Always Be yielded a surprise hit in his deeply felt interpretation of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”; 2003’s Toward the Sun attracted even more critical accolades, with Mojo praising the “soul-folkie’s sexy growl” and The Boston Globe declaring that “Gaines’ soulful, wounded vocals make a case for his being one of pop’s finest singers.” Toward the Sun was followed by a pair of live albums, the 2004 CD/DVD Jeffrey Gaines Live and 2012’s Live in Europe, which reflected the deep and abiding rapport that Gaines has with his fans. That relationship keeps him consistently on the road playing high-energy one-man live sets, even when there’s no new album to promote."

"The biggest pleasure I derive from this is playing live," Gaines notes. “There’s nothing more satisfying for me than a good live gig. I’m in control, but the audience can take it to a place that’s higher than I can imagine. When I show up for a live gig, I don't need much, there's no rider. It’s just, turn it on, let the audience in, and we'll do the rest. It’s the best job anyone could ever have.”

With a quarter-century of recording and performing under his belt, Jeffrey Gaines is enjoying life and music more than ever. “Nowadays, I know what the job is about, so there’s nothing to stress about," he says. “I know that there’s people out there who want it, so I have the opportunity to extend their experience, and I’m thankful for that. Even though there’s a long gap between Toward the Sun and Alright, this one continues that story and that sound. I guess I could lay my albums all out and see that they tell a story, but personally I prefer to keep looking forward.”
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/