LIVE: The Spampinato Brothers @ Valentine’s, 5/17/13

May 29th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

Review by Fred Rudofsky

Notice that “Kick me!” sign that you found taped to your back the other day? Don’t blame your bratty kid, infantile co-worker or college classmate, or that ornery neighbor who cannot stand you for no particular reason. Blame yourself. You dropped the ball. You missed rock and roll at its best, played in genuine rock and roll club. Face it: you deserve a swift kick for posterity’s sake.

The Spampinato Brothers played to a small group of roots rock aficionados on a Saturday night and yes, everybody asked for you, as the Meters would put it.

The quartet played two sets for a total of thirty songs. Start lacing up your Doc Martens, because your regret should hurt.

Johnny Spampinato (guitar) and his brother Joey (bass) have a musical bond at deep as that of Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks, the Everly Brothers or the Nevilles. With powerhouse backing by Aaron Spade (guitar) and Marshall Grossman (drums), they put on a show that spanned the greats of American music: Bo Diddley’s “Crackin’ Up,” Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody” and NRBQ’s “Wild Weekend”; the British Invasion (the Beatles’ “You’re Going to Lose that Girl”); and a slew of rocking originals like “I Want You to Be Around” and “Let Him Think on That.” This is a band that must have an Ipod’s worth of songs hard-wired into their collective consciousness. Beat that, homebody.

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LIVE: The Spampinato Brothers @ Valentine’s, 4/27/12

May 15th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Spampinato Brothers

The Spampinato Brothers

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

Music-wise, springtime in Nippertown has been shaping up as one glorious barrage of brothers.

In the past several weeks, we’ve been privileged to hear the Brubeck Brothers at Skidmore’s Zankel Center; the Malone Brothers at The Egg; the Avett Brothers at the Palace; and not one – but two – appearance by the the Felice Brothers (May 11 at Jillian’s and May 15 for the anti-fracking benefit at The Egg). And let’s not forget upcoming shows by the Wood Brothers (May 26 at Club Helsinki) and the Psychedelic Furs (featuring Butler brothers Richard and Tim) at The Egg on Saturday, June 2.

And if you still don’t think there’s something special – indeed, almost magical – about the telepathic musical connections between siblings – the Spampinato Brothers rolled into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday, April 27 to prove you oh-so wrong.

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LIVE: The Spampinato Brothers @ Caffe Lena, 7/29/11

August 3rd, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg
Johnny and Joey Spampinato

Johnny and Joey Spampinato

A rock band at the venerable Caffe Lena, the bastion of folk? Wow, what a culture shock that would be.

Well, the world didn’t end. The Spampinato Brothers’ pedigree goes way back to the sixties, when lead singer and bass player, Joey Spampinato, helped form NRBQ, so it actually makes sense. A band full of music history, in a place that helped make music history.

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Joey Spampinato, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

December 2nd, 2010, 12:12 pm by Greg
Joey Spaminato (photo by Jack Irwin)

(photo by Jack Irwin)

“I don’t remember the first one that I bought, but I do remember the first album that I ever owned. The very first one that was given to me as a gift was ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley. That was actually the first album that I ever had. The album wasn’t given to me at the time the album was released; it was some years later maybe in ‘57 or ‘58.

“I don’t have that album anymore, unfortunately. It wouldn’t have lasted in our household. I played it a lot, and my brother is eight years younger than me, so he was a baby coming up. And things just don’t last when there are babies in the house.”

Vocalist-bassist Joey Spampinato, his brother Johnny and the rest of the members of the Spampinato Brothers celebrate the release of their debut CD, “Pie in the Sky,” at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm tonight. The Willy Amrod Band opens the show. Tix are $25.

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