On “Life During Wartime,” the first single from Talking Heads’ 1979 album Fear of Music, David Byrne famously sang the immortal lyrics, “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…no time for dancing…” Yet all those anti-fun declarations go gleefully out the window when Mystic Bowie, aka the “Head Dread,” takes the stage, re-imagining and infusing fresh life into TH’s classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae, ska and lover’s rock (aka “romantic reggae”).Since debuting his musically revolutionary Talking Dreads project live at the High Times Music Festival on the beach in Negril in late 2015, the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and performer has electrified audiences at over 100 shows across North America – spinning the heads of initially skeptical Talking Heads fans, and getting everyone else grooving along to the infectious, joyous rhythms and jubilant spirit of his native island. Considering the success of these events, it was only a matter of time before Bowie – who has lived in the Northeastern U.S. for many years – headed back to his cherished homeland and set up shop at the famed Barry O’Hare Studios in Ocho Rios. He gathered old friends he had played music with since childhood, along with younger musicians, legendary Jamaican artists and other surprise guests to capture all the magic of his live performances on the epic, 13 track recording Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads.
We’re eager to make our establishment a community gathering place, so we’re always hosting new music and entertainment in our venue and at The Geneseo Riviera. Check here often for bios of each of our acts, as well as reviews of performances and more.
Sat. June 1 – Rebecca and the Soul Shakers @ Fanatics Pub
Featuring the powerhouse vocals of Rebecca Smith, Rebecca and the Soul Shakers serve up a tasty mix of rootsy, soul drenched tunes. The band’s original material combines their love of all music, particularly rock inflected roots and southern soul music.
In January 2017 the band released their second album, “Born To Fly”, a collection of 10 original songs co-written by Rebecca and Jim Smith. Recorded at Electric Wilburland with Grammy Award winning engineer Will Russell, this album expands on the bands sound. This second set of songs are stronger, more complex and rich with emotional honestly. Rebecca is literally pouring her heart into each of these tracks, whether they are soulful heartbreakers like “When You Lie To Me” or scorching barn burners like “The Devil That You Know”. The band has a fire and energy on these tracks, that captures the vibe of their live show.
While the focus is mostly on original material, the band loves to sprinkle in some favorites from an eclectic catalog of cover material. You never know what kind of buried treasures, soul classics and forgotten gems you might catch. With influences ranging from classic outlaw country to vintage funk, the possibilities are endless.
At the heart of the band is Rebecca Smith. The small girl with a huge voice, Rebecca has been stunning audiences for years. Since her early days singing in Texas Honky Tonks and performing with Tops in Blue (the Air Force’s entertainment troupe), Rebecca has been looking for the perfect outlet for her musical ability. The Soul Shakers band is her chance to really shine, writing and choosing songs that she connects with not just vocally, but emotionally as well. Always developing her craft, Rebecca has hit her stride with this band as a performer and songwriter.
Joining Rebecca onstage is guitarist, writing partner and husband, Jim Smith. Jim brings a lifelong love of the guitar, drawing inspiration from a deep well that starts with the old time mountain music passed on from his Grandfather, up through Chicago blues, classic psychedelic rock and modern southern soul.
In 2017, the legendary Dave Salce joined the soul shakers on drums. Over his career, Dave has played with an endless list of incredible musicians, including touring and recording with Blue Cheer, Digger Jones, Steve Southworth, Joe Whiting and countless others. Watching Dave on the drums is a mind blowing experience.
On bass, the newest Soul Shaker, Mr. Freddy Villano. Freddy cut his teeth on the road in his early 20s with bands like Widowmaker (featuring Dee Snider) and Quiet Riot. He’s toured and recorded with a host of indie artists, including Michal Towber, Kreep, Chalice, American Mafia, Awaken, Kevin Kalicki and many, many others. He recently wrapped up a two-album session with David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. Locally, he plays with Ten Man Push, the Beauchesnes and others. He is very, very happy to be a Soul Shaker.
Sun. June 2 – J.P. Soars and the Red Hots @ Fanatics Pub
JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. ” I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer.” Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style. ……… “When I first heard JP Soars I knew right away that he was separate from the rest of the pack” Jimmy Thackery……
This is an album that will warm your blues heart as the nights draw in and get colder with a bit of Southern warmth and exciting guitar and vocals that are full of energy from the opening title track with its Southern Rock driving beat through to the last track Missin’ Your Kissin’. – Liz Aiken (Blues Matters)
Tues. June 11 – Lil Ed and the Imperials @ Fanatics Pub
In Chicago, a city overflowing with unrivaled blues talent, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.”
Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials—bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton—have remained together for nearly 30 years (an extraordinary feat for any group), the band fueling Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.
The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials is the musically electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun new album from the band Guitar Player calls “a snarling boogie-blues machine…they blow down the walls.” The CD features Lil’ Ed’s incendiary playing and playful, passionate singing, with the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cooking like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of authentic, deeply rooted Chicago blues. Williams wrote or co-wrote all but two of album’s 14 songs, the other gems written by Uncle J.B. The Chicago Reader says the band’s music “is a soundtrack for dancing and celebration infused with a sense of hard-won survival. Williams attacks his lyrics like he attacks his guitar: with bare-bones intensity that makes each word sound like a matter of life or death.”
Sat. June 15 – Hanna & the Blue Hearts @ Fanatics Pub
For some time now, it seems that the blues is something that most of the modern bands list as one of their influences. It must mean that the blues is THAT significant in American, perhaps the world’s, popular music since the 20’s into this century, but if you really dig the blues, it’s getting somewhat difficult to navigate through to really hear the blues in its true form. But, here’s a band that puts the blues in the forefront, and is not afraid to let the music speak for itself.
Hanna and the Blue Hearts channel a wide variety of the blues, from pre-war styles to 50’s & 60’s Chicago blues, to boogie woogie. Fueled by a love of jazz, this band also really swings!
Vocalist/pianist Hanna PK is the leader of the band. Her solid left hand reflects on those traditional blues masters’ rocking’ and shuffling bass patterns, while her right hand grooves along, dancing all over those 88’s and she adds her sultry voice to the band. The band currently has three other members though at times some of them join Hanna as a duo or trio.
Guitarist Aleks Disljenkovic brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the band. He is the leader of the White Hots, and worked with Rochester Music Hall of Famer Joe Beard for many years. In the mid-1980s, Aleks toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with a number of blues headliners as well. He’s a quintessential guitarist whose soulful solos never fail to make a statement.
Mon. June 17 – John Németh @ the Fanatics Pub
Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.
Tues. June 18 – Biscut Miller @ Fanatics Pub
“Miller has one of the best smiles in the blues.” ,– Big City Blues Magazine
DAVID “BISCUIT” MILLER
“Wishbone” is the eagerly awaited 3rd studio recording of 2012
Blues Music Award Winner for Bassist of the Year, Biscuit Miller. The title
track was inspired by Biscuit’s two grandsons Jordan and Josh who were excited
about making a wish when they got their hands on the turkey wishbone during
Thanksgiving dinner. Their excitement sparked an idea in Biscuit’s ever
creative mind, and he literally began singing and writing the song on the spot!
He then jammed with his grandsons in his music room after dinner. That special
day with his family and the birth of a song were all the motivation Biscuit
needed to get back into the studio to begin working on
Biscuit and his band, The Mix, have been touring
extensively ever since he won his first BMA in 2012, and had to squeeze in
their recording sessions during breaks in the tour. Biscuit is known for his
high energy shows and blazing million dollar smile. He is a born entertainer
and is at home on the stage where he connects with his audience through a fun
and funky approach to the blues. But don’t let the fun and food songs fool you!
This is a dedicated group of musicians with an amazing depth of talent.
Biscuit was introduced to the bass for the first time at the age of eleven when
visiting his friend Datrick. It was sitting in a corner collecting dust when
the young Biscuit picked it up and started playing it. The four string electric
bass belonged to Datrick’s older brother Darnell, who taught him a couple of
songs. Biscuit took to it immediately and thus began a love affair with playing
bass that has taken him places he could never have imagined. He formed his
first band, Clever, with childhood friend Ivan Wallace. They moved to
Minneapolis in 1982. Soon after, a mutual friend, Joe Rowe introduced Biscuit
to Sonny Rogers who taught him a lot about playing basic blues. During his time
with Rogers, they recorded “They Call Me the Cat Daddy”, which won
Rogers a Handy Award for Best New Artist. Sadly, Sonny passed away before he
was able to accept the award.
Biscuit then went on to play with other respected blues artists such as,
Mojo Buford, formerly with Muddy Waters, and Lady Blue, backup vocalist for Ike
and Tina Turner. One day, Biscuit received a phone call requesting him to come
back home to sub for Chicago’s own legendary Lonnie Brooks who needed a bass
player for one night. That one night lasted for over ten years as Biscuit
became the permanent bass player for the Lonnie Brooks Band.
In 2000 he formed Biscuit and The Mix to fill up some
down-time. During this time, he also completed his first studio recording
“Come Together”. Biscuit frequently could be found sitting in with
the up and coming blues guitarist Anthony Gomes. During one of these sessions,
he was asked to join the band full time and he spent the next five years
touring with Anthony. During his time with Anthony Gomes, they released five
CD’s; Unity, Sweet Stringin’ Soul, Long Way Home, Music is the Medicine, and
Live at the Triple Door.
By 2009 Biscuit was fronting his own band, touring the country playing
clubs and festivals, and gaining respect as a front man and bassist alike.
Biscuit Miller has graced the covers of several publications, including the
2006 Blues Fest Guide and the February/March 2010 edition of Big City Rhythm
& Blues. In 2012 he was awarded his first Blues Music Award following the
release of his second studio recording, “Blues With A Smile”. Having
received wide air play on Sirius XM Radio, “Blues With A Smile” is
aptly named, as Biscuit is known around the world for his huge, heartfelt smile
as well as his antics as a funky bassist turned front man.<span
When he is not busy touring or recording, Biscuit loves to spend time
with his friends and family. His grandchildren are especially precious to him.
Also precious to him are the rare occasions when he is able to sit down with
his entire family over a home cooked meal. Like the one that happened the day
“Wishbone” was born! Thanksgiving at Biscuit’s house became a joyous
celebration of life and music that will never end.
Whether you’ve been hangin’ with Biscuit for years, or are a newcomer to the
party, “Wishbone” is sure to please. So grab on – and make a
Tues. June 25 – Brandon Santini @ Fanatics Pub
There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. International touring vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Santini purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him. Now playing over 100 shows per year throughout the world, Santini has garnered five Blues Music Award nominations, festival headlining slots and even performing on stage with the likes of Buddy Guy and Gary Clark, Jr.
Brandon Santini’s latest release, The Longshot, from the American Showplace Music label takes listeners on a slight detour from the traditional blues highway he has logged many miles on. One may not be surprised that the 36 year old vocalist and harmonica player is influenced and inspired by legendary rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival just as much as Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. From the ferocious opener, “Don’t Come Around Here” to the embattled acoustic American driven, “Broken Bones,” Santini ties his blues and rock influences together to deliver an energetic album of introspective heartbreak and lament.
Tues. July 9 – Keeshea Pratt Band @ Fanatics Pub
The Houston based, International Award Winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of Blues old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 9 piece musical collective, lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a preview to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, country and back again.
Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. The 4-piece horn section produces thrilling chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. The make up of this phenomenal band is , Kiana Smith (Bassist and Vocals), Brian Sowell (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Eugene Botts (Keys & B3 Organ), Dan Carpenter (Saxophone), Brent Nabors (Baritone Saxaphone), Misaki Nishidate (Trumpet), James Williams III (Trumpet), and Adrew Acuna (Drums).
In January 2018, The Keeshea Pratt Band secured first place in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee. The polished professional soul stirring toe tapping performances assured the judges that KPB was primed to headline major festivals and concert stages as a noteworthy authority on the blues scene, nationally and internationally. Since that time, they have travel the country performing on some of the biggest festival stages while “Keeping The Blues Alive”.
Mon. July 22 – Albert Castiglia @ Fanatics Pub
“It may be a bit premature to crown Albert Castiglia America’s newest King of the Blues, but there’slittle doubt that he at least deserves the title of heir apparent.”
— Miami New Times
As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia. With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph — a connection with a daughter he never knew he had. The result is a work that’s both personal and provocative all at the same time.
Castiglia calls this the most meaningful album he’s ever made. “My daughter finding me and opening up my world to an additional family, including two grandchildren, brought out the deepest material I’ve ever created,” he notes, “along with my wife, they were my muses.”
Indeed, songs such as “Keep On Swinging”, “Masterpiece” and “Bring on the Rain” address the unexpected emotions that infused his psyche with the discovery of a family he never knew.
“Prior to my daughter finding me, my entire adult life felt incomplete,” Castiglia reflects in the song “Bring On the Rain.” “I never knew why I felt that way. I could never put my finger on it. Then when I discovered my daughter, my heart was suddenly overflowing.”
The title track echoes the same sort of sentiment. “After my daughter and I connected for the first time, I submitted my DNA sample to the lab to confirm that I was indeed her father,” Castiglia recalls. “I knew she was my kid the second I saw her picture, but my daughter wanted closure and by me taking the test, it would put all the speculation to rest. On the day my results came up positive, I wrote a letter to my daughter telling her how happy I was to be her father. At the end of the letter I wrote, ‘I’ve been an artist for thirty years, but you’re my masterpiece!’ I ran with that line and made it the perfect song to express my love. As the lyric says, I loved her before I even knew her.”
Co-produced by longtime friend and colleague Mike Zito, and released on Zito’s own label, Gulf Coast Records, on May 24th, the album also finds Castiglia reflecting on the disappointment and disconnect that’s gripped the nation in the past several years. Several songs, “Heavy” and “Love Will Win the War”, deal with the dilemma that has impacted the those forgotten as the result of this modern malaise. “Heavy” brings those ideas to the fore. “It was inspired by people who live in this country and feel alienated, unappreciated, demonized and shunned by society,” Castiglia reflects. “The homeless, the vets, immigrants, people of color, teachers, the LGBT community…they were on my mind the whole time I wrote this tune.” “Love Will Win the War” goes even deeper into the horrors and violence that have shaken the very pillars of the nation’s faith and fortitude. Castiglia says it was inspired by the mass shootings that were all too prevalent in recent years. “Those horrific events got me thinking, ‘What goes through my daughter’s mind when she drops her kids off at school? Does she think the worst or hope for the best? I really have a hard time playing this song without choking up, because I have my grandchildren in mind when I play it. It’s sad, but I believe it’s also hopeful.”
The tone of the album underscores both its mood and its message, from the forthright stance of “Bring on the Rain,” the frenzy and fury of “Keep On Swinging” and the driving determination of “Catch My Breath,” “Thoughts and Prayers” and “Red Tide Blues,” to the rustic reflection of “Love Will Win the War,” the confidence and contemplation of the title track and the somber and sobering “I Tried To Tell Ya.” By Castiglia’s own admission, the sound is raw and unfiltered, little wonder since he and Zito play all the instruments between them.
“I think blues is a wide open net,” Castiglia once told a reporter. “There are a lot of different ways to do it…I’ve taken a lot of heat for what I do. Some people think I’m too edgy to be considered a blues artist. On the other hand, I don’t think that people like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf would have wanted me copying them and redoing their stuff. There’s no point in doing that. They would want me to do my own stuff.”
Tues. July 23 – Gracie Curran @ Fanatics Pub
Gracie Curran has earned her reputation for jaw dropping Blues & Soul, in every blues club and juke joint from Boston to Beale Street.
In the five years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album “Proof of Love”, the singer has been packing venues across the country and around the world, wowing audiences with her stunning voice and soul shaking delivery.
A Blues Music Award Nominee, Boston Music Award Winner and house band at the world famous Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, Curran has a contagious enthusiasm, incredibly fun live show, and is quickly becoming one of the most exciting entertainers on the roots scene today.
Her highly anticipated sophomore release “Come Undone” with producer Damon Fowler, is due out 2019
Blues Beatles – Mon./Tues. July 29/30 @ Fanatics Pub
Blues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of “Today” – an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Lancaster Ferreira, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2010. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs. The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. Being blues players the rest of the band started adding their blues twist to these “break songs”. One day Lancaster said: “why do not we mix these two things we love to play? We could call this Blues Beatles! “Everyone loved the idea and together they started the Blues Beatles in 2013.
The first version of the Beatles songs that caught people’s attention was Ticket To Ride. The video has now more than two million views on Facebook. The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire. The arrangements combine blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.
Sat. August 10 – RAEL – The music of Genesis @ the Geneseo Riviera
RAEL-The Music of Genesis is a New York and Northern New Jersey-based tribute band that recaptures the energy and originality of the “early years” live stage performances by Genesis. RAEL pays homage to the most groundbreaking and influential band in the progressive rock genre by incorporating the musical excellence, lyrical storytelling, and theatricality that brought Genesis to a position of prominence in the rock world. RAEL-The Music of Genesis brings older listeners back to the day, while introducing progressive rock newcomers to the sights and sounds right along with other legendary bands such as Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush, and King Crimson to name but a few.
RAEL is focused on faithfully reproducing full album versions from the Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett days of Genesis. Performances include tracks from Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and A Trick of the Tail. Concert audiences rave about their high energy shows and musical detail. RAEL also includes solo Peter Gabriel hits in their performances.
The members of RAEL are:
Lloyd Gold (lead vocals, flute), Mike Belmonte (bass, bass pedals, backing vocals), Paul Sheehan (drums and cymbals, backing vocals), Michael LaBuono (keyboards), Sal Locascio (guitars, backing vocals)
Fri. Sept 20 – Roomful of Blues @ the Geneseo Riveria
For the last 50 Years Roomful of Blues has become legendary in the Blues World.
Roomful has toured the world and recorded over 25 albums. With five Grammy nominations and a slew of music awards and accolades Roomful has become a recognized leader in their genre.
“In a class by itself . . ..” —Down Beat “. . . irresistible on the dance floor. —Mademoiselle
“If you are afflicted with podomotophobia—the fear of tapping your feet—stay clear of this band.” —People
“[They are] the baddest big blues band in the land.” —Boston Herald
“Roomful of Blues blows ’em out of the door . . . the hottest, most solid and wonderfully entertaining band of its type around.”
—San Francisco Examiner
“Roomful of Blues gave an object lesson in how to tackle modern blues with traditional swing and verve.” —The Times, London
“They were f**king great!” —Drew Carey (after Roomful of Blues played a season-ending wrap party for his TV series)
Sat. Oct. 26 – Talking Dreads @ the Geneseo Riveria
MYSTIC BOWIE’S TALKING DREADS BIOGRAPHY
Sat. Oct. 19 @ the Geneseo Riviera
“Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. As a solo artist, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” for V2 Records and her wonderful, original studio album “The Other Side of Time” on Sony Odyssey. She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Her most recent album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, winner of the Indie Acoustic “Album of the Year” award, is a collection of twenty-four tracks recorded live at one of America’s oldest vaudeville theaters that captures the soaring, soul-permeating vocals and musical breadth that makes the Mary Fahl concert experience what the Portland Press called “soul-permeating”. The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing on PBS affiliates around the country. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”. Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists. Her discography includes:
With the October Project
- October Project (1993, Epic Records)
- Falling Farther In (1996, Epic Records)
- Lenses of Contact EP (2001, Roughmix Records)
- The Other Side of Time (2003, Sony Odyssey)
- Gods and Generals – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003, Sony Classical)
- The Guys – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003, Sony Classical)
- Classics for a New Century (2003, Sony Classical)
- Mary Fahl: From the Dark Side of the Moon (2011)
- Love and Gravity – (2014, Rimar Records)
- Mary Fahl: Live from Mauch Chunk Opera House – Live album, DVD and PBS (2014, Rimar Records)
Most recently, Fahl has been touring around the U.S. to promote Love and Gravity. The album is filled with flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time – including producing Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.”