Who Is Jo Henley?

February 17th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Jo Henley's Ben Lee and Andy Campolieto

Ben Lee and Andy Campolieto

Jo Henley is the name of an up-and-coming Boston-based music collective that’s built around the singer-songwriter talents of acoustic guitarist Andy Campolieto and his fellow song collaborator Ben Lee – playing both electric and acoustic guitars. Rounding out the band’s five-piece lineup are fantastic mandolinist-fiddler Jordan Santiago, acoustic & electric bassist Jeremy Foti and drummer Mike Dingley.

So what kind of music do they play? Their recent appearance at Caffe Lena before an appreciative all-ages audience would suggest everything – including a fiery version of the Dave Brubeck jazz standard “Take Five” and even a dip into the Grateful Dead’s jam-worthy songbag to end the first set. But the highlight of their February 5 performance in Saratoga Springs was really their own refreshingly vibrant and well-crafted originals drawn from their brand new indie release, “Inside Out.”

Andy Campolieto recently spoke with Nippertown about the new recording, the special musical guests who joined them in the studio, the band’s current direction and style.

Q: There’s no one in your band named Jo Henley. So I guess the most commonly asked question you hear is, “Who is Jo Henley?”

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Five Firsts: Andy Campolieto of Jo Henley

February 3rd, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Jo Henley

Jo Henley

NAME: Andy Campolieto
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, rhythm guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … First album I ever bought for myself was a Beatles compilation called “Beatles Love Songs.” It’s out of print now, but I must have worn that tape to shreds. I actually almost picked up a copy of it last week on eBay, coincidentally.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT I EVER SAW WAS … My first real concert was Lynyrd Skynyrd at SPAC, probably in ’89, I would say. I still can picture when they closed the set with “Sweet Home Alabama” and dropped the most gigantic Confederate flag behind them. The biker chicks, the tailgating, the loud guitars, the beauty of SPAC, the sense of freedom – yeah, it was love at first sight!

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