Wesley Stace

Wesley Stace

Wesley Stace’s debut will be released by Yep Roc on September 17th 2013. Sixteen new songs, on CD and double vinyl LP, recorded in Philadelphia, with The English UK as backing band, produced by longtime collaborator Chris von Sneidern. “My songs have become a lot more intimate and autobiographical, requiring a different musical treatment entirely. It seemed ridiculous to sing them under any name but my own,” says the artist formerly known as John Wesley Harding.

Pete Donnelly

Pete Donnelly is a Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey-based songwriter, musician and producer. Donnelly was a member of the legendary band NRBQ and is also a founding member of the Figgs, who have a worldwide fan base and a lengthy discography. Donnelly’s latest album, Face the Bird, recorded with his band the Wise Easy, is due out on August 20, 2013.As the active bass player and songwriter in the Figgs, founded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 1987, Donnelly has spent the past 25 years touring with the band and with a number of other artists, including Soul Asylum, Mike Viola & The Candy Butchers, Graham Parker and Tommy Stinson. Living in the Philadelphia area for the past decade, when not on the road, Pete Donnelly has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, Sub Pop artist Death Vessel, G. Love & Special Sauce, Carsie Blanton, The Capitol Years, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold.In 2011, Donnelly released When You Come Home, his debut solo album, which was highly regarded among critics. Famed WFMU DJ Bob Brainen included it (along with the latest NRBQ record) among his album picks for 2011, and Premier Radio’s Steve Reynolds placed it on his list of Top 20 albums for 2011.
When You Come Home was recorded mostly at Henry Hirsch’s Waterfront Studio in Hudson N.Y., with Fred Berman (Amos Lee) on drums and Adam Winokur on bass along with an assortment of top-notch players — including Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Britta Phillips (Luna, Dean & Britta), Jonn Savannah (Van Morrison, Squeeze) and Mike Gent (the Figgs, the Gentlemen).
Donnelly’s latest release, Face the Bird, represents a return to the exploratory side of “home” recording. The album was recorded in an unused storefront in Ocean City, New Jersey, during the off-season in October of 2012. The city, a near-desolate locale, offered Donnelly the perfect place to retreat to and write/record. That was until Hurricane Sandy flooded the island and much of the Northeast.
The record was finished in his home studio, as well a couple Philadelphia studios, including Waking Studio (owned by producer Bill Moriarty) where the single “Got Caught Up” was recorded. This song was written while out in California writing with friend Shelby Lynne.
Built upon catchy and sturdy melodies, and played with a genuine sense of care, the songs onFace the Bird unabashedly display some far-reaching influences, from modish R&B to swinging pop.
Joining Donnelly in his current band the Wise Easy are Fred Berman (Amos Lee) and James Balga (The Excerpts, Botswanas) on drums and Tony Reyes (TLC, Cee-Lo Green) on bass.

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