Trey Anastasio, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 16th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Trey Anastasio

“It was the Jackson 5 album with the song, ‘Do the Funky Chicken.’

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Tony Markellis: Mr. Bassman

February 18th, 2010, 12:28 pm by Greg

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.

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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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Tony Markellis Hits the Road with Trey Anastasio

January 6th, 2010, 1:30 pm by Greg

Tony MarkellisPowerhouse Saratoga Springs bassist Tony Markellis is packing his bags for another road trip with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio‘s side-project band Classic TAB.

Classic TAB played a number of shows last fall as a quartet, but this time around, they’ve bolstered their sound by adding horns back into the mix.

In addition to Anastasio and Markellis, the line-up for the upcoming tour – which kicks off in Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday, February 8 – features Russell Remington (tenor saxophone and flute), Jen Hartswick (trumpet and vocals), Russ Lawton (drums), Ray Paczkowski (keyboards) and newcomer Natalie Cressman (trombone and vocals), who replaces her father, Jeff Cressman.

The tour isn’t currently slated to make a stop in Albany, although it will be touching down in New York City, Boston and Wallingford, Conn.

Additional info on the tour, the complete itinerary and ticket presales are available at Trey Anastasio’s website.

In recent years, Markellis has also recorded with Sarah Pedinotti, Jo Henley, Michael Jerling, the Burns Sisters, Chris Carey and Street Corner Holler, in addition to working with Anastasio.

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