Andrea Nardello celebrates the release of her new EP, Echo, with special guests John & Brittany and Will McCranie!
Andrea Nardello's music can be described with one word: power. Power in the studio; power in her soaring melodies; power in her lyrics; and power on stage. Embracing joy, love, camaraderie, and lusty encounters, Andrea’s songs are punctuated with strong rhythms — all delivered by her unique voice.
My Aeroplane, Nardello's sophomore release, was under consideration for a Grammy Nomination for 2010. Produced by Aaron Levinson, My Aeroplane takes listeners on a ride through clear skies and rumbling thunderclouds. On it, Nardello explores romance, family, and friendship with her signature sophistication and simplicity. Working within the singer / songwriter genre with the soul and passion of Janis Joplin and Carole King, Nardello cuts across the boundaries of the folk genre. Her lyric sensibility is reminiscent of the best poets of rock, pop and hip-hop, ensnaring fans up and down both coasts and across the South.
Lovers of her music in Philly, West Virginia and Atlanta have packed her shows for years, and she is making a name for herself on Music Row in Nashville, having been invited onstage at several venues, fronting Jay Brunswick and Craig Curtis, among others. Concert-goers in Seattle, the French Quarter of New Orleans, and Kentucky have also been thrilled by Andrea Nardello's exquisite music and powerful stage performances. Whether the audience members come to a gig to see her show or for another act on the bill, when Nardello hits the stage the crowd ends up dancing, cheering and clamoring for more.
In the less than three years since dropping their debut EP in the summer of 2011, John & Brittany (John Faye and Brittany Rotondo), Philadelphia's most unique songwriting duo, have risen from the city's thriving open mic circuit to become a serious rock act to contend with, already having shared stages with the likes of The Smithereens, Everclear, Gin Blossoms, and Matthew Sweet, in addition to headlining their own shows at hometown venues like World Cafe Live and TLA. Inspired by their mutual love of punk and new wave, as well as songsmiths like Alejandro Escovedo, Ida Maria, and Jack White, John & Brittany create music with a chemistry that is unforced and undeniable.
J&B's 2013 full-length album Start Sinning, is a 32-minute musical blitzkrieg that, at its core, is about the discovery, or perhaps re-discovery, of the power of rock n roll. The title track impressed Little Steven Van Zandt enough for him to select it as a "Coolest Song In The World" on his Sirius/XM channel Little Steven's Underground Garage. The song placed at #3 in LSUG's year-end listeners poll (behind only Joan Jett and Deadbeat Poets), and #12 on Little Steven's personal year-end top 20.
2013 also saw J&B's music video for the single "Paper Planes" air on over 100 video outlets in the US and Canada, and ultimately airing on MTV-U's The Freshmen and on MTV.com. Unsatisfied with having only one record out in 2013, the band also released their first live acoustic offering in November. "Crookedletta, Crookedletta," was tracked before a live in-studio audience at Springhouse Sound in King of Prussia, PA, with bassist Michael O'Brien and drummer / studio owner Carl Bahner. In December, the band was named Musical Artist of the Year by the Philadelphia chapter of RAW Natural Born Artists. J&B capped off the year with a headline set at the annual WMMR Mistletoe Jam in front of over 500 rock n roll fans.
Along with the inevitable shows in larger venues, 2014 will see John & Brittany focussing on brand new music, continuing to take it directly to the people. Still performing on a regular basis as a duo, J&B have recently begun volunteering for the non-profit Musicians On Call, playing for patients in local hospitals. They also continue to host the weekly Wednesday night open mic at Legendary Dobbs (the storied 200 capacity club that introduced Philly to Nirvana, Tool, Oasis, and Green Day on their first tours). Wherever J&B go,
IT'S HAPPENIN', BABY!
After years performing with other bands and artists, Will McCranie is back to how it all started — just him and his guitar. He released his latest single “Ain’t That Strange?” on February 19, 2013. The track was originally written by McCranie a few years ago, but with the help of producer / musician Matty Amendola they created a song that is a true reflection about the possibility and timing of falling in love. The single’s raw vocals laid evenly on an upbeat, toe-tapping track has remnants of some of the great singer / songwriters like Edwin McCain and Duncan Sheik.
If that wasn’t enough, he is also in the studio recording his upcoming album, I Know I Didn't Know Anything with Amendola. "I Know I Didn't Know Anything is definitely going to surprise people", says Amendola. "It is a true testament of how McCranie has grown as a person, as musician and most importantly as a songwriter. He really commits to each track and puts his own twist on it. You feel like after listening to the tracks that you have opened a beautiful music box filled with love, life, happiness, sadness, honesty and truth." It’s a mix of all these feelings and experiences that really make McCranie a songwriter you can connect with and who is only going to bring you alongside him on this musical journey.
Roll the windows down. Buckle up. And here we go...
When & Where
Red Light Cafe
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