The Old Fashions

The Old Fashions

The Old Fashions are Amanda Chessa and Byron Sorrells.

In December of 2011, an escaped Texan met a native New Yorker from Westchester County. The two formed The Old Fashions along with Julius Myren, who left the band in February of 2013. The Brooklyn duo makes soulful roots rock that appeals to whiskey-sipping Texan types, Brooklynites, and any one who likes a seamless blend of country, pop, and rock.

Byron was raised on a classic southern fare: His earliest concert memories taking place at the Houston Rodeo, seeing Alabama, the Oak Ridge Boys and George Straight. After convincing his parents that it really was a good deal, heaps of CDs from the BMG Music Club arrived to help round out the early influences, with classics from The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin.

Back east, Amanda grew up listening to Tom Petty, The Band and Roy Orbison eight-tracks and went on to study music at Berklee College. Her acoustic guitar work and dynamic vocal range recall the twangs of Neko Case and Gillian Welch with a touch of the Iron Butterfly, herself, Dolly Parton, thrown in.

In March of 2013, they recorded their third record "Night of Champions" which is set to be released in May of 2013.

Matt Sucich

Matt Sucich (pron: Sue-Sitch) is from Astoria, Queens. He writes songs. He plays them with a guitar. He sings them with his voice. Sometimes he sleeps, but most times he's awake. You can find Matt somewhere in New York City, or other places…

2012 was a banner year for Queens, NY singer/songwriter Matt Sucich.

In June, Matt made his debut at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, receiving high praise and pleasant comparisons from Andy Langer (Esquire Magazine) on his "Best Other Bands Of Bonnaroo" list - "Because this Queens singer-songwriter is trying to break your heart. What appear at first glance to be simple love songs quickly reveal a Wilco- and Iron & Wine-like depth (and desperation)." The list puts Sucich in esteemed company, including Michael Kiwanuka, Trixie Whitley, and Little Dragon. In addition, Matt performed at both SXSW & CMJ, which featured a set at JetBlue's "Live at T5″ concert series. In November Sucich released his 2nd full-length album, Layers, to a capacity crowd at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.

If you're thinking this is some "flash-in-the-pan" story, it's more like a simmer, and Matt plans on keeping it that way. As a songwriter, Matt Sucich took his time developing a style and sound that, like any artist, may borrow from a wealth of influence but is distinctively his own. Influences range from Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, & Bruce Springsteen to M. Ward and My Morning Jacket. Although he only began cementing his place in the NYC music scene in 2010, it was the years prior that Matt spent cutting his teeth, performing with friends & various band incarnations at venues like The Living Room, The Bowery Electric, and Southpaw. In 2009 Sucich was fortunate enough to support the legendary Levon Helm at his Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY, and in 2010 he released his debut album, Jubilation & Jealousy, at Joe's Pub.
2013 will see Matt Sucich heavily promoting & touring behind Layers, including some more exciting shows and TV/FILM placement. For info, tracks, and video, go to http://esmatteo.com.

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