Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. In 2017 he released his debut solo album Foothill Freeway, which explored the Americana influences that were a hallmark of his former band. The album garnered rave reviews from NPR, No Depression and Newsday. He hit the road to support the album and made his network television debut on NBC’s Today in Nashville.
His second full length album Flying First Class was released in 2019. The album was met with critical acclaim and made Mancini’s debut appearance on the AMA radio charts. Extensive tours of the East Coast, Midwest and South followed, establishing Mancini as a national artist.
In the Summer of 2020, Mancini flew down to Dial Back Sound in Water Valley MS to begin work on his third album, Killing The Old Ways. The 10 song album, produced by Matt Patton (Drive By Truckers) and Bronson Tew, marks a significant artistic leap forward. The album features contributions from Jay Gonzalez (Drive By Truckers), Jamison Hollister, Schaefer Llana and Horace Willis.
Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Jimmy Webb, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, Amy Helm, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews. Pete is also a member of The Famous Doctor Scanlon Band, which performs the music of Travis McKeveny.
In the latter part of the last century, GENE CASEY departed New York City and its Punk rock/New wave scene for Long Island’s East End. There, he formed the Lone Sharks, “the house band of the Hamptons,” where bars were plentiful and audiences – both the local and the celebrated – were robust and loyal. Over the course of the next few decades Gene and the evolving line-up of Sharks “played – and tore up – every roadhouse, bar, and honky tonk from Manhattan to Montauk” (Bop Magazine), sharing the bill and backing legendary roots rock & roll acts as Wanda Jackson, the Band, Bo Diddley, Sleepy LaBeef, NRBQ, and the Ventures.
Gene’s original music met with great acclaim with local and international indie radio play. Several of his roots-drenched songs have been used in “A Prairie Home Companion” and on the soundtracks to television and feature films, including “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy” ; the 2012 thriller “The Tall Man” starring Jessica Biel, the 2013 release “The Killing Season” starring Robert DeNiro, and Rob Reiner’s “Being Charlie.”
In 2014 Gene and the Lone Sharks were inducted into the Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” Hall of Fame, having been honored over 20 times. A year later Gene, “the premier barroom troubadour of Eastern Long Island” (author Josh Alan Friedman) received the Long Island Sound Award by the L.I. Music Hall of Fame, “for contributions to the Island’s musical landscape.”
Singer-songwriter Caroline Doctorow has been called a great champion of American folk music. Her most recent album Dreaming in Vinyl reached #2 on the national folk radio airplay charts. She received The Alexander Award from the Long Island Arts Council in 2018, and an official New York State Proclamation honoring her many years of work as a folksinger. In addition to eleven solo albums, she released the first retrospective of the work of '60s folk icons Richard and Mimi Fariña titled Another Country which received critical acclaim. She has opened for The Band, Alison Krauss, and Tim O'Brien, among others. Her songs and her voice have been heard on soundtracks on the large and small screen. She is the daughter of the late world-renowned author E.L. Doctorow
Many will know Mike as an original songwriter and veteran performer in the New York area with bands such as The Last Hombres and Fourteen Feet/The WellDiggers, in addition to his own long-time projects, The Lucky Ones and Hombre Jones.
Mike Meehan is an accomplished songwriter and musician. He has been a recording artist for Koch Records, Paradiddle and Louisiana Red Hot. He has released multiple albums as a founding member of roots rock group the Last Hombres (at one time recording and touring with drummer Levon Helm) as well as his own imprint the Lucky Ones. He has written about music for the website Freight Train Boogie.Meehan has also played bass on recordings for the WellDiggers, Bill Scozari and Muggs and Lamar. He resides in Riverhead, New York, has lived in California and is originally from El Paso, Texas.
Dubbed “The Queen of Long Island Country by Newday, Mary was named Band of the Year by the NY Metro Country Music Association and twice voted Female Singer/Songerwriter of the Year by the NJ Country Music Association. Mary is the co-host of the long running radio show ”Down Home Country" on WUSB 90.1 FM.
Mary's husband and co-writer/guitarist Jim Marchese is a professional photographer whose career includes tour photographer for the European leg of Bruce Springsteen's “The River” tour.
The Lone Pine Radio Boys
The Lone Pine Radio Boys have released the Tom T. Hall classic heartbreaker, “(That’s How I Got To) Memphis” on Paradiddle Records. Frank Sanpietro and Kirk Brewster were members of the Werewolves, a little know band from Dallas, Texas in the late 70's. They nly released two albuns, but were managed by the Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Their lead guitarist was said to be admired by Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Allen earned the nickname "Little Wilson" because of his soulful vocal style. The band, Little Wilson, was formed in 1979 and continues to play to large, enthusiastic crowds. Renowned for their distinctive R & B style, they cover music from the 1940's to the 1970's. In 2005 The Little Wilson Band released "Never Too Late", a CD of original and classic blues and swing.
In the 90's Allen was the lead singer for the regionally successful band Cadillac Moon. Cadillac Moon toured up and down the East Coast promoting their CDs " Plug Me In " and "In the Kitchen". Their song, "Show Me Your Tattoo" appears in the movie, "The Devil's Advocate".
Allen plays regularly as a solo artist all over Long Island and the Tri-State area.
A New York based singer-songwriter, Annie has shared her country tinged ASmericana-roots music with audiences from Florida to Ireland, and most recently, Nashville. A New York native, she moved to the South at the age of 10 where upon hearing the music of the Carter Family and Johnny Cash, she nurtured a life-long love of traditional country music and songs that convey slice-of-life stories about people's lives with a heartfelt sympathy.
Inspired by such singer-songwriters as Patti Griffin, Julie Miller, Nanci griffin, Mary Gauthier, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan Annie's songs explore life's journey and the universal themes of love and loss, struggles and triumphs, shadows and light, with a little humor thrown in. Accompanied b strong and tender acoustic guitar playing, Annie;s richly textured voice runs the entire emotional spectrum-sometimes velvety smooth, at other times raspy and raw with a little torch and twang thrown in.
Gerry has played everywhere from the ballroom of the Waldorf Plaza, to biker bars in New Jersey, from pubs in Ireland to sidewalks in Toronto, from churches and synagogues to festivals and more. In 1996, along with collaborator Joe Caggiano he release High Season, a collection of original tunes. With the encouragement of the late Artie Traum Gerry recorded Healing Season-a set of solo acoustic guitar instrumentals that Roseanne Cash said was “beautiful, emotionally potent”.
Gerry is currently a member of the highly acclaimed folk trio Gathering Time. He is also a member of the Famous Doctor Scanlon Band performing the music of his late son Travis.
Mick Hargreaves is the owner and operator of the Lantern Sound Recording Rig (LSRR), a recording studio located in a 100-year-old Long Island pine barrens farmhouse. He's performed with The Tonebenders (NYC), The Grip Weeds, The Ghost Rockets, the Hangdogs, Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, Caroline Doctorow, Bryan Gallo, Greg Bucking and other artists recording at the LSRR, and releases recordings under his own name. He was a founding member of the New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA). mickhargreaves.com
In late 1979, Chris was already a guitar-obsessed Jimi Hendrix fan when he decided to take up the instrument. A few months later, upon hearing the Clash’s London Calling LP, Chris was spellbound. The first song he ever learned to play was “Death or Glory”. In the early 1980’s Chris was bitten by the Blues-bug, and proceeded to spend his teenage years mostly locked in his room with guitar and turntable, woodshedding and trying to steal every lick he could. He would occasionally go out with friends to practice being a proper vandal, but mostly stayed indoors with the guitar. From 1988-1997 Chris fronted a blues trio called the Smokin’ Kings. After some life changing events, Chris dropped out of sight for a few years to recalibrate his life. Chris re-surfaced in 2005 with a new band called The Hideaways. This band incorporated a mix of traditional blues with everything that influenced him over the years. This gumbo-like concoction produced a sound that mixed blues with punk rock energy and tight live performance execution of classic soul bands. The Hideaways remain active to this day. With The Haymakers, Chris is proud to join Mark and Tom; bringing the same gumbo-like approach to their overall sound.
Roger is a critically-acclaimed artist who has garnered features, album reviews, and video premieres in esteemed outlets like American Songwriter, Goldmine Magazine, Bluegrass Situation, Americana Highways, The Boot, No Depression, Consequence of Sound, American Blues Scene, Americana UK, and Elmore. He is a literate lyricist with an empathic and insightful perspective that reveals the magic in the mundane aspects of everyday living.
His songs venture down those dirt roads of folk, country, vintage rock n’ roll, and blues.
Today, with a well-received album catalog, an engaged fanbase, and a lot of road work under his belt, Roger has created a robust and respected artist profile. “I feel like I’m on the right path, and I’m still growing. I think it took me longer to get smart enough to write these songs,” he says with a good-natured laugh. “Now, I get to make up for lost time, and I am really lucky because I don’t have a lack of inspiration—something always comes to me when I sit down with my guitar.”
The HooDoo Loungers take their inspiration from the Gri Gri of Dr. John to the Swingin’ Rock N’ Roll of Fats Domino. They blend it all together with a bit of classic soul and New Orleans Swing and come up with their own original musical gumbo. They have been entertaining audiences up and down the East coast for the past 11 years. Their third release, So Beautiful, their first on Paradiddle Records.
Some of the highlights include the original compositions “So Beautiful” and “HooDoo Time Machine”. Dawnette Darden’s sultry version of “Careless Love” will transport you to Bourbon St. in Nawlins. The Loungers also do a wonderful version of Allen Toussaint’s “Yes We Can” that’s sure to get you dancing.
Heartbreaking one moment, rambunctiously disarming the next, Claudia Jacobs is a rare combination of soulful singer, heartfelt poet and spirited entertainer; "few performers can fill a stage as completely." Part Folk Singer, part Bluesy Mama; she writes and sings songs about the human experience simply and honestly; addressing joy, pain, injustice, loneliness and hope with sass and humor.
Born in a proverbial "trunk" and raised in historically creative Northport, NY, she honed her performance and writing skills in NY's Fast Folk Greenwich Village of the 80's making the famed Speakeasy her musical home for a time where she embraced the rich singer-songwriter folk music tradition she was raised in while adding her unique mixture of genres to create a sound all her own; drawing inspiration from the multiple styles inherent in Americana, spreading into R&B, soul and Jazz particularly in vocal style.
Awarded the title "Long Island's Favorite Soul Singer" by the Long Island Press, "A Hard-Core Angel" by a fan and "One of the New York areas finest female singer-songwriters..." by WFUV's John Platt; she has shared the stage with many folk favorites and is winning new fans everyday from Maine to Minnesota.
Like a country fried punch in the face, The Haymakers combine some of music’s most undeniable elements and vintage vibes to capture the spark of America’s greatest artists and music.
Vintage, retro, classic rave – all words you could use to describe their style of music. But while they draw their inspiration from the sounds of the past, they combine it with a contemporary style to deliver something familiar yet fresh.
Vintage guitars drenched in reverb, thundering upright bass and tight drumming combined with shimmering vocal harmonies create The Haymakers sound.
Donno is very active in the Long Island Country/Rockabilly scene. She a plays the part of June Carter Cash in Walking the Line, a Johnny Cash Tribute band. She is also in an acoustic duo called the Mason-Dixon Duo. For many years Donna fronted a rockabilly band for a few years - Donna D & The Notorious Three.
Hank Stone has been writing songs for over forty years. He has made a name for himself in the Long Island, New York music scene, and has released three CDs of his original tunes. He is currently recording his next CD for Paradiddle Records.
Hank Stone calls to mind the diverse songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s, from Donovan to Paul Simon, Van Morrison to Jackson Browne. Walt Graham, of Acoustic Connections on WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut, has called Hank “a unique and wonderful songwriter.”
Singer/guitarist Michael Korb and bassist Joseph Patti have been playing together for many years in the alternative band Moon. They are joined by Michael's father Ken “The Rocket” Korb as they venture into the world of country music.
Willie is a professional bandleader/guitarist working in NY for 35 years. He has performed in hundreds of venues and worked with numerous musicians. He has also released several albums of original music. Willie is currently performing with an all original art rock band Steel Poney and has a duo with Alice Weiser called the Marsh Mellows, -he doesn't plan to retire any time soon.