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This Weekend’s CD Release Parties

Friday, June 17th, 2011

JIM GAUDET & THE RAILROAD BOYS: Veteran Nippertown singer-songwriter Gaudet teamed up with the Railroad Boys for their official album debut in 2009 with the sublime “So Far So Good.” Now they’re back with their follow-up, “No Questions Asked,” featuring 11 new songs from the sharp pen of Gaudet (including one co-authored by Caroline “MotherJudge” Isachsen) and three covers. The Boys are celebrating at 8pm tonight at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Tix are $18.

JO HENLEY: The Boston-based roots-rockin’ Americana quartet returns to singer-guitarist-bandleader Andy Campolieto’s hometown to celebrate the release of their third full-length album, “Mohawk,” an ambitious collection of songs which just happen to be all about the city of Schenectady. And, yes, they’ll be celebrating in the Electric City at 10pm tonight with a CD release party at Katie O’Byrne’s. With Chris Cagnina of O.W.L. opening the show. FREE.



Tony Markellis: Mr. Bassman

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Yesterday, we ran Andrzej Pilarczyk’s story about the Boston-based roots-Americana band Jo Henley. Today, we present a follow-up interview with Saratoga Springs’ own bass master Tony Markellis, who played on the new Jo Henley album and is currently out on the road playing bass in Classic TAB (Trey Anastasio Band).

Q: “Inside Out” is the second Jo Henley album you played on. What got you interested in both projects with the band?

A: Although they’re based in Boston, they were recording “Sad Songs and Alcohol” in Schenectady, where Andy (Campolieto) grew up. They happened to be between bass players at the time and were kicking some names around. The engineer (who I had worked with before) mentioned to them that I lived in the area.

It turns out, they were fans of mine from my work with Trey Anastasio. They sent me some songs to listen to, and I loved what I heard. Not only did I record with them, but I also started playing out with them whenever I could.


Who Is Jo Henley?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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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