Five Firsts: Tony Califano of Fairview Avenue

June 30th, 2010, 2:31 pm by Greg

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1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think I went 50/50 with my dad on Tom Cochrane’s “Mad Mad World,” which had “Life is a Highway” on it. But I think around that same time I got Pearl Jam’s “Ten” on cassette for a birthday present (circa fourth grade). Actually, most of my early tapes were probably gifts. One that I really wore out was the “Forrest Gump” soundtrack. That had some great stuff on it – Hendrix, Randy Newman, Jefferson Airplane, “Freebird!”

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CD: Fairview Avenue’s “Fairview Avenue”

June 15th, 2010, 1:45 pm by Greg

Fairview Avenue(, 2010):

Let’s start out with the obvious – Fairview Avenue doesn’t exactly sound like the name of a bluegrass band. It sounds too generic. The name doesn’t include any of the all-too-frequent key buzz-words that point their way toward that classic high, lonesome bluegrass sound. You know, the cliched signafiers like: pickers, boys, ramblers, mountain, valley, holler and on and on.

And that’s a good thing.

Unfortunately, when I first heard the name Fairview Avenue, all I could think of was one of those lowest-common-denominator Holiday Inn lounge bands – the Nowtones, Grand Street, you get the idea.

It’s been more than a year later now, and Fairview Avenue has begun to establish themselves on the local bluegrass scene.

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