Veteran singer-songwriter Maurizio has released several recordings over the course of the quarter century that he’s been making music in Greater Nippertown. But the Troy native considers his new album, Before the Crowd, to be his official debut.
“Although I have numerous recordings, this is my first full-production studio album,” he explains. “I have been performing in the local 518 for over 25 years, and I have been chipping away at this album for almost four years, as life has posed numerous challenges along the way. Now at age 46, well, you could call me a late bloomer, finally releasing my first true studio album.”
Maurizio will be celebrating with a CD release party at The Hangar in Troy on Saturday (September 26). Most often seen about town as a solo musician, he’ll be joined by a full band featuring members of the Rodeo Barons at The Hangar, performing Before the Crowd in its entirety. Joining in Saturday’s festivities will be Eric Margan (8pm) and the Rodeo Barons (9pm). Maurizio is slated to play at 10pm. Available in advance or at the door, tickets are $15, which includes a copy of the new CD.
With James Gascoyne serving as producer and bassist, the album was recorded at the now-defunct Black Dog Studios in Stillwater with Chris Carey (guitar, keyboards), Sam Zucchini (drums), Kevin Maul (pedal steel) and Casey J. Chapman (ukulele, keyboards).
The emotional centerpiece of the album is the theme of family. “My Sister Rose” is a direct address to his sister Rose, while the inspiration for the song “Radio Waves” is Maurizio’s sister Grace, who died tragically at the age of 25 while serving in the Peace Corps in Africa.
“It’s a call to squarely face our devils, find that elusive inner peace and accept the impermanence of this life,” explains Maurizio. “The album as a whole would have been described as a ‘confessional’ in a previous era, and thematically it wrestles with a yearning to go back, to try and regain what’s been lost along the way. Ultimately, the songs glow with a positive message: embrace the here and now.”
WHAT: CD release party for Before the Crowd
WITH: Eric Margan and the Rodeo Barons
WHERE: The Hangar, Troy
WHEN: 8pm Saturday (September 26)
HOW MUCH: $15, which includes a copy of the CD