Blurt Video Premiere, American Songwriter ‘Daily Discovery' Exclusive, Daytrotter Session, The CW TV, AbsolutePunk and More, As Early Buzz Greets P.J. Pacifico's Viper EP
(Published: November 25, 2013)
Blurt Video Premiere, American Songwriter ‘Daily Discovery' Exclusive, Daytrotter Session, The CW TV, AbsolutePunk and More, As Early Buzz Greets Pacifico's Viper EP
"This concise collection is an absolute treasure"
Full-Band Hometown Concert is Set for Fairfield Theatre in CT on 12/7 -
U.S. Tour Takes Shape for Spring 2014
New Studio, New Collaborators, New Producer - P.J. Pacifico Makes a Fresh Start with Kit Karslon, Stephen Kellogg, Garrison Starr, Members of the Alternate Routes, The Stepkids, Others
Early buzz has greeted the release of singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico's Viper EP ‘Overlooking the Obvious' - Blurt Magazine posted an Exclusive Video Premiere, American Songwriter debuted an Exclusive track, Daytrotter hosted a session, The CW TV invited P.J. to perform, and AbsolutePunk raved "this concise collection is an absolute treasure." See coverage links, below, and watch the EPK here: http://vimeo.com/72423985
Pacifico will celebrate the EP's recent release with a hometown, full-band concert at the Fairfield Theatre in CT on 12/7 (joined by band members of SK6ers, Indigo Girls and The Stepkids: http://fairfieldtheatre.org/shows/pj-pacifico). In addition, a Spring 2014 U.S. is taking shape:
2/12 - Ridgefield Playhouse (w/ Jay Nash) - Ridgefield, CT
2/28 - Moonlight On The Mountain (w/ Garrison Starr) - Birmingham, AL
3/1 - Eddie's Attic (w/ Garrison Starr) - Atlanta, GA
3/2 - The Basement (w/ Garrison Starr) - Nashville, TN
3/4 - Do 317 Lounge (w/ Garrison Starr) - Indianapolis, IN
3/8 - Bright Box Theatre (w/ Garrison Starr) - Winchester, VA
4/1 - 4/15 - tour dates w/ Garrison Starr in Holland & Germany
All tour details are here: http://www.pjpacifico.com...
The confident collection marks a fresh start for Pacifico - a new producer, new studio, new collaborators -- and features a co-write with Stephen Kellogg (of Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers,) two songs written with Garrison Starr, and one with Kit Karslon (of SK6ers,) who also Produced the EP. Pacifico is joined by a fresh line-up of guest musicians as well, including members of the Alternate Routes and The Stepkids.
BLURT EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE
Video Premiere: New from P.J. Pacifico Track nabbed from the songwriter's upcoming 11/5 EP. By Blurt Staff
BLURT is proud and honored to clue ya in to this one: singer-Songwriter P.J. Pacifico is looking ahead to the November 5th release of his five-song Viper EP Overlooking the Obvious. The collection marks a fresh start for Pacifico-a new producer, new studio, new collaborators-and features a co-write with Stephen Kellogg (of Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers), two songs written with Garrison Starr, and one with Kit Karslon (of SK6ers), who also produced the EP. Pacifico is joined by a fresh line-up of guest musicians as well, including members of the Alternate Routes and SK6ers. Here's the video for "Bend It 'til It Breaks." Enjoy!
ABSOLUTEPUNK - CD REVIEW
By Gregory Robson (11/07/13)
P.J. Pacifico is a Connecticut-based singer-songwriter who has an easygoing vocal delivery not unlike James Taylor or on a lesser scale, Peter Bradley Adams. His buoyant and breezy blend of sun-drenched folk-pop resounds in a big way on his new EP Overlooking the Obvious. Working alongside Chip Johnson of The Alternate Routes and Kit Karlson of Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, this concise collection is an absolute treasure.
Very much catering to the AAA formats, the disc opens with "Bend Til it Breaks," a co-write with Garrison Starr that also features her inimitable vocals on both verses and chorus. Aided by twinkling pianos and sweetly affecting guitars it is an amiable and inviting opening salvo that sets the one perfectly for the rest of the EP. "Just Like a Lover" coasts on the bed of an airy organ and goes down smooth and easy. An ebullient slice of folk-pop it has a radiance and shimmer that shines from start to finish.
Taking a cue from the Ellis Paul songbook, Pacifico darts forth on the sun-kissed "This is My Heart," a reflective and air-tight slab of roots pop that is confident, controlled and supremely polished. While Pacifico is adept at the mid-tempo collections, he is at his best on the downtempo efforts. The ethereal and slow-moving ballad "Walls" is equal parts gauzy, cottony and honeyed. Assuaging, solacing and deeply impacting, the song plays on Pacifico's tender delivery and a supple sonic landscape. Those tones are repeated on the near-perfect "Let Go or Be Dragged," which closes the EP. A piano-driven cut laden with honesty, "Let Go or Be Dragged," is Pacifico's golden ticket and the song that should certainly carry him forward in the months and years to come.
Though his future is probably in the singer-songwriter rooms of places such as Hotel Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall and Jammin' Java, placement in various TV formats, movie soundtracks and opening gigs for marquee headliners does not seem out of the question. In fact, they seem almost certain. A few listens to Overlooking the Obvious proves exactly that.
American Songwriter - Songspace - Daily Discovery: P.J. Pacifico, "This Is My Heart" (ft. Garrison Starr) 8/29/13
East coaster P.J. Pacifico has built a name for himself over the past few years, gaining credibility in indie singer/songwriter circles for his serene and thoughtful brand of introspective folk/pop. A new album "Overlooking The Obvious," was produced by Kit Karlson (of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers) and is due out in early November of this year. "This Is My Heart" is an exclusive stream from the upcoming release and features the harmonies of Garrison Starr.
ARTIST: P.J. Pacifico
SONG: This Is My Heart (ft. Garrison Starr)
HOMETOWN: Norwalk, CT
CURRENT LOCATION: Nantucket, MA
TURN-OFFS: people that snap their gum, Jell-O, lame windshield wipers, seeing that i also have to list my turn-ons below
STARTED PLAYING MUSIC: right after my Dad took me to my first concert, which was the Oak Ridge Boys when i was 7. giddy up.
FAVORITE LYRIC: i dreamt about you last night, and i fell out of bed twice
CRAZIEST PERSON I KNOW: so easy. my high school chemistry teacher, Mr. Shostak.
SONG I WISH I WROTE: "Shoeboxes" by David Ramirez
MOST EXCITING THING I'VE EVER DONE: taking the leap years ago to make performing, writing and recording music my full time job.
DAYTROTTER Session 8/19/13
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Patrick Stolley at Futureappletree Too
Pacifico comments on the project:
The new EP just all fell into place. i had no songs written until about two months ago. garrison and i were on the road and we had a house concert in Kansas City get canceled last minute, so we decided to write that day. we came up with two tunes in a day and a half and all i wanted to do was get them released. so, Kit and i had been playing some random gigs together and getting to know each other and one day he suggested we make a record. i said i had the two new tunes with G and some others that were half done. he and i finished two of them and then Stephen kellogg and i got together and wrote one day. so there was the fifth tune. Kit got the players together and the studio time and off we went. that dude is a genius. i'm so glad we both met each other when we did. it's all about timing and right when the sixers took a break. it all really just naturally, easily and stress free-ly all fell into place. and fast too. all because Kit is so organized and spent so much time with me in pre-production. i can't say enough good things about the guy. he's unreal.
the new sound is just more current, really. i had a bit of a dated sound on my last records and Kit really is giving it a today vibe, for sure. all the co-writes help too. that's my main focus now. it's really a gift to sit down with someone and create together. and Kit brought in Chip from The Alternate Routes to play bass and electrics, Tim Walsh on drums and Kit played tons of keys. i'm so psyched for this one. just because how naturally it all happened. i had no intention at all of releasing anything this year. and i didn't really decide to release anything, i kinda just followed it. this one is special.
1. Bend It Til It Breaks (feat. Garrison Starr)
written by P.J. Pacifico & Garrison Starr
(Paul P Music ASCAP/Radtown Music ASCAP)
2. Just Like A Lover
written by P.J. Pacifico & Garrison Starr
(Paul P Music ASCAP/Radtown Music ASCAP)
written by P.J. Pacifico
(Paul P Music ASCAP)
4. This Is My Heart
written by P.J. Pacifico & Kit Karlson
(Paul P Music ASCAP/Goose Is Loose Music BMI)
5. Let Go Or Be Dragged
written by P.J. Pacifico & Stephen Kellogg
(Paul P Music ASCAP/Jack Roetter Music ASCAP)
Produced and Mixed by Kit Karlson
Engineered by Chris Sanchez, Gold Coast Recorders, Bridgeport, CT
Additional Engineering by Chip Johnson
Mastered by Larry Lachmann at Avatar Studios, NYC
- P.J. Pacifico - vocals and guitars
- Kit Karlson - keys, vocals and additional programming
- Chip Johnson - bass, guitars, vocals, and additional production
- Tim Walsh - drums and percussion
- Garrison Starr - vocals and inspiration
Pacifico is a fan and critic's favorite, and has even earned the admiration of club owners across the U.S. In Nashville, Jaime Scorby of The Bluebird Café said: "We love P.J. here at The Bluebird. He is one of the only people (if not THE only person) we have booked directly into a round based on the strength of his online press kit."
More About P.J. Pacifico:
Over the past two years, pop/rock singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico has evolved from beloved under-the-radar, CT hometown hero to an internationally-respected indie to be reckoned with, praised in such media outlets as M Music & Musicians Magazine, iTunes Editorial, and scores of other print, web and television placements throughout the U.S. Reviewers have repeatedly compared him to Paul Simon, James Taylor, Matthew Sweet and others, while embracing his live performance chops and upbeat, radio-friendly songwriting. With influences including The Smiths, Morrissey and Del Amitri, Pacifico has earned raves - see a sampling of press coverage, here: http://www.pjpacifico.com...
His sound has been described as "a jam session between James Taylor and Matthew Sweet," with some classic rock influences thrown in for good measure. His songs feel immediately familiar and comfortable; straight from the heart and sure to get stuck in your head. Pacifico tours on a regular basis - a series of solo and full band dates; both as a headliner and as an opening act for several certified legends. has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Wailers, The Low Anthem, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dar Williams, Guster, moe., Ryan Shaw, and Sean Kelly of The Samples. His trademark brand of warm, inviting, hook-filled songs, the themes of love and survival, redemption and recovery, have endeared him to a growing number of fans from coast-to-coast. He saw breakthrough success with ‘Outlet' and ‘Surface', and charts a confident new path with ‘Overlooking the Obvious'.
visit - http://www.pjpacifico.com...
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