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Paradiddle Records (2007)
American Idle, features Johnny Cuomo on guitar, mandolin and vocals, and Dan Lowery on guitar and vocals. Johnny unveils some great new songs played in his unique style. When you listen to American Idle
it sounds like Johnny and Dan are playing right there in your living
room. From the opening track "Try, Try, Try" all the way through to
"Songs from Paul" Johnny's vocals lure the listener in to share
Johnny's stories and his view of the world around him. Dan Lowery's
guitar adds just the right amount of complexity to the songs without
moving the music away from its roots: A thoroughly enjoyable listen
from beginning to end.
American Idle is a
clever, and introspective, collection of music that both entertains and
begs the listener to look a little deeper into what we might call 'the
stuff around us.' You could not expect anything less with a disc title
that plays parody on the wildly popular musical talent show 'American
Cuomo can also be found on Paradiddle Record's May 2006 release of Bob Dylan Uncovered, with his captivating rendition of 'Boots of Spanish Leather' and the November 2006 release of Happy Holidays from Paradiddle Records,
with his Irish flavored acoustic version of 'Silent Night' on guitar
and penny whistle. He has also released a CD of Children's stories and
music, Storysongs, also available from Paradiddle Records.
As you begin to explore the Cuomo collection you will hear influences
not commonly heard in most performers. He initially began his public
musical career as the front man and guitarist for Voice of the Turtle:
a successful rock band that played such well known venues as CBGB. The
band's CD As Is Live
did quite well as an independently released disc. His venture into
traditional Irish music proved very successful both here and abroad.
Cuomo was a celebrated act in major venues in Ireland, most notably the
city of Dublin itself! He was a featured act and billed with such
notables as Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and Dublin's own well
known band 'Whirlygig'. In the recent past, Cuomo has taken a more
focused, personal perspective to his music performing solo or, with
select accompaniment, as with Don Lowery on American Idle.
Johnny Cuomo continues to be an enjoyable musician and venerable
talent. His melodic and intricate songs stand on their own. His
'Dylanesque' voice follows the tradition of Roger McGuinn and Tom
Petty, in capturing the essential emotion of the American musical
spirit from its core beginnings to it present considerations. And when
you find yourself not listening to, but becoming part of Cuomo's music
you will understand why he continues to entertain, and perhaps
enthrall, his many fans. Please enjoy what his many fans have enjoyed
for so long.
Produced by: Johnny Cuomo & Bill Herman