Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson
Led by songwriter, vocalist and guitar player Andy Campolieto, the roots band Jo Henley rolled into Freedom Park in Scotia last week for something of a homecoming concert.
While the band – which also features guitarist Ben Lee and drummer Mike Dingley – is currently based in Boston, Campolieto is a Schenectady native, while Dingley hails from Clifton Park.
And rounding out the homegrown flavor of the band, Saratoga’s own Tony Markellis was filling in on bass. No stranger to the Jo Henley boys, Markellis has played on several of the band’s albums.
Campolieto and his crew were clearly glad to be back in Nippertown, and they trotted out quite a batch of Capital Region references during their songs – especially the selections from their 2011 album, “Mohawk,” a song cycle about growing up in blue collar Schenectady. The band also debuted several new songs from their upcoming album, “The Fall Comes Early,” which is slated for an October release.
The band played in a roots-rock style that fused together elements of Americana, country and rock that brings to mind the Grateful Dead and Phish – which shouldn’t come as a big surprise considering that Markellis is a founding member of the Trey Anastasio Band.