Manic Productions Presents
Brian Dolzani, Alyssa Graham
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
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Following a year that introduced him to international success, James McCartney is already headed towards an exciting and unprecedented 2013.
McCartney is fresh off the release of his two digital-only EPs, Available Light and Close At Hand, as well as his first physical release, The Complete EP Collection, a special two-disc set produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney that includes the debut EPs in their entirety along with five bonus tracks. Now in the studio once again, James McCartney is preparing to release what will be his first full-length album in 2013, accompanied by major US and European tours.
The US tour will bring McCartney to over 50 cities coast-to-coast as he performs a unique solo-acoustic show of never before-heard material mixed with fan favorites. Accompanying himself on guitar and piano, McCartney's soaring vocals, songwriting, and musicianship are highlighted in this intimate and powerful setting.
The success of The Complete EP Collection catapulted McCartney to national awareness in America with his
U.S. television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. McCartney followed with his first tour of North America. Of McCartney's performances The NY Daily News writes: “An infectious set . . . [he] has clearly forged a winning sound of his own.” The Boston Globe adds: “. . . the younger McCartney’s promising pop-rock tunes make clear he’s learned a few lessons about melody, phrasing, and charm.”
Looking forward to the thrilling year ahead, the next phase of his career is beginning to take shape and McCartney's goals are clear. “Some artists are happy doing the same thing again and again, but my favorite artists are the ones who evolve and grow, and I want to be one of them." With a new album and multiple tours on the way in 2013, James McCartney continues raise the stakes, and in doing so he succeeds in filling some very
big shoes . . . his own.
For years Brian Dolzani has been writing and performing songs of love and loss, of longing, for both physical and spiritual love and truth, much of it resulting from the loss of his father when Brian was just 15 years old. Tending towards highly metaphorical and symbolic songwriting, that changed when Brian shared a bill with Peter Case, who listened to Brian's opening set. 'Peter said, 'Man, just tell your story,' and it was blunt and true,' Brian states. 'Peter's advice and writing this record has brought me the closest to home that I've ever been. And it's been an absolute blessing. I've always, always been searching for my true home. And here it is, right now.'
Brian's latest release is 2012's 'If I Don't Speak A Word…’ (produced by Neilson Hubbard in Nashville), and he tours steadily up and down the East Coast and midwest and has opened for/shared the stage with James McCartney, Cory Chisel, Caravan of Thieves, Christopher Paul Stelling, Joshua Black Wilkins, Joe Fletcher, and many others.
"The right voice…a sumptuous and flexible croon"—NY Times
"Dynamite!"—The Philadelphia Inquirer
With iTunes lauding her as one of their "New and Noteworthy" singer-songwriters, Sunnyside Records is set to release the new full-length album from Alyssa Graham, Lock, Stock & Soul, January 31. Produced by Grammy winner Craig Street, Lock, Stock, & Soul exhibits Graham's return to her pop and folk roots. The album succeeds The Lock, Stock, & Soul EP that garnered praise from AOL Spinner, Paste, MSN and Direct Current Music who called the recording a "remarkable, gear-changing project." Graham's 2008 debut on Sunnyside Records, Echo, was chosen as one of Elle Magazine's "Music Picks" and acclaimed by the Washington Post, who said, "…it smokes!"
Graham's self-released debut, What Love Is was heralded by All About Jazz as one of the "Best New Recordings of 2005." In 2008, Graham signed to Sunnyside Records and released her second album, Echo, which charted at number 24 on the "Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart." The New York Times also named Echo a "Critics Choice CD" and iTunes named it one of the "Top 10 Vocal Jazz Albums of the Year."
Graham attended the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied voice and contemporary improvisation. With Lock, Stock & Soul, Graham turned to her musical roots for inspiration—the classic 60's era folk rock of Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan among others. Producer Craig Street helped assemble a renowned group of musicians including Me'Shell Ndegeocello playing the understated roll of bassist, guitarist Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow and John Legend) and keyboardist Keefus Ciancia (Elton John and Iggy Pop) to collaborate on the album. Lock, Stock & Soul includes contributions from longtime musical partner and songwriter Doug Graham; friend Jesse Harris, who is known for his work with Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot; and Austin Music Hall of Fame member Davíd Garza.
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