Americana/Folk/Roots Rockers Roosevelt Dime Confirm 'Full Head of Steam' CD for 2014; Kennedy Center Concert Set for 12/30/13
(Published: December 16, 2013)
Ready For a Breakthrough 2014: A Genuine Ear for Hits, as Americana/Folk/Roots Rockers Roosevelt Dime Deliver an Album That Crackles With Energy, Intelligence, Wit and Musicianship
“Fantastic” - No Depression
“…while the Brooklyn-based quartet (or sometimes larger) certainly is deeply steeped in the folk tradition, these guys ROCK! They also swing like banshees and know how to thump up a jugband-driven, dripping-with-soul storm. It’s highly unlikely that fannies will remain in seats for long” – New Haven Register
12/30 Performance at The Kennedy Center is Confirmed!
On their upcoming album ‘Full Head of Steam,’ Roosevelt Dime sets the stage for a breakthrough 2014. The first thing you notice is the ‘sound’ of the music…a milky, back-of-the-barn vibe that’s a breath of fresh air in a world of harsh, digital sleight of hand. Indeed, most of the album was recorded live to analog tape, and the dust, sweat and moonshine are palpable. Next thing that hits you is the intelligence, wit and musicianship of the band (a quartet at its core, but featuring many special guest artists, as introduced below). Then the songs jump into your ears, one after another – these are Americana/folk/roots rockers that feel like ‘hits’ -- from New Orleans’ horns in “I Want Mo!”, to the dual vocals on “Down on Your Luck,” to the infectious “Crazy Bout You” – easily a centerpiece of the album. Creating foot-stomping, distinctive music is not an easy thing to pull off, and Roosevelt Dime does it repeatedly. Check out their digital release on January 14th, and the brick and mortar album on March 4th. The boys are ready for their close-up.
ROOSEVELT DIME is: Andrew Green: banjo, guitar, lead vox; Eben Pariser: bass, bucket bass, lead vox; Tony Montalbano: drums, backup vox; Seth Paris: clarinet, saxophones, backup vox.
About the Band:
To listen to the music of Roosevelt Dime is to take a journey through American roots music. Inspired by Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans dixieland, and the musical melting pot of Brooklyn which they call home, the band has forged a sound they’ve come to call Steamboat Soul. After years of thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the country, the band has fully captured the energy and musicianship of their live performance on Full Head of Steam (2014).
Andrew Green (banjo, guitar) and Eben Pariser (electric bass, gutbucket bass) met at Oberlin College and continued their musical collaboration after settling in NYC. Tony Montalbano brought his distinctive drumming to the band shortly after, and Seth Paris (clarinet, saxophone) added his background in big band and west African brass music to fill out the diverse sound. The band developed by busking in the streets and subways, where they learned what it takes to stop someone in their tracks, turn them from a stranger into a listener, from a listener into a sidewalk lindy-hopper.
The community of musicians who have contributed / taken part in Roosevelt Dime over the years is an interesting part of the story. Chris Eldridge, guest guitarist on "Down on Your Luck" and "Oh To Be" is a member of the prominent folk-group Punch Brothers, and has recently been featured on T-Bone Burnett and Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack. Bruce Harris, who has toured and played with the band full time for nearly 2 years is now performing in After Midnight, the Broadway musical with a big-band put together by Wynton Marsalis. Harris also regularly performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Guest vocals on "Down on Your Luck" feature Molly Venter and her group Red Molly, which has grown to be one of the top folk acts in the country.
It’s the writing that takes center stage and sets Roosevelt Dime apart though. With Green and Pariser penning the tunes and sharing lead vocal duties, they can conjure The Band and Dr. Dog on “Calvary” as seamlessly as Professor Longhair and Jackie Wilson on “I Want Mo!” not to mention bringing new life to the traditional songbook with a wailing version of “St. James Infirmary” and their clave-propelled “Cocaine Habit Blues.”
Roosevelt Dime has been featured in The Philadelphia Folk Fest, Musikfest, No Depression , On Your Radar with WFUV’s John Platt, and official showcases at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis 2011, and Toronto 2013.
Individual Band Member Bios here (worth a read!):
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Friday, December 13, 2013 Charlottesville, VA
Roosevelt Dime w/ Eddie from Ohio @ Jefferson Theater
Monday, December 30, 2013 Washington, DC
Roosevelt Dime @ The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Friday, January 24, 2014 Putnam, CT
Roosevelt Dime @ The Stomping Grounds
Saturday, January 25, 2014 Westport, CT
Roosevelt Dime @ Voices Cafe
Saturday, April 5, 2014 New Bedford, MA
Roosevelt Dime @ Salon Concerts at the Wamsutta Club
Saturday, April 12, 2014 Nashua, NH
Simple Gifts Coffeehouse @ Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Roosevelt Dime @ Common Ground Coffeehouse
Tour updates, here: http://rooseveltdimemusic...
The New Haven Register recently ran a tour preview feature:
Don’t expect to see everyone at CT Folk’s latest First Fridays concert Friday night at the First Presbyterian Church sitting politely, nodding their heads — or even tapping their toes — like they’re at some sort of FOLK MUSIC show.
Roosevelt Dime (http://rooseveltdimemusic...) is playing, and while the Brooklyn-based quartet (or sometimes larger) certainly is deeply steeped in the folk tradition, these guys ROCK! They also swing like banshees and know how to thump up a jugband-driven, dripping-with-soul storm.
It’s highly unlikely that fannies will remain in seats for long.
Roosevelt Dime is sort of like something you might imagine during a drunken night on a Mississippi riverboat in days of yore, maybe as it steams down from St. Louis to Memphis and finally to New Orleans. But since you’re imagining it, it’s still got a bit of the Brooklyn hipster — and maybe a brief cameo by Django Reinhardt subbing in a klezmer band — in there somewhere.
They’ve dubbed this music, and named their most recent studio CD, “Steamboat Soul” — and that’s as good a description as any.
The show at 704 Whitney Ave. begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance — available at www.ctfolk.org — or $20 at the door.
Listen closely to Roosevelt Dime’s music and you hear bits of Appalachia, a snippet or two of Dixieland, some Memphis horns and some soulful clarinet that could just as easily be lifted from klezmer as early St. Louis or New Orleans jazz.
While they’ve got several recordings out there, a snapshot of Roosevelt Dime’s live performance is due out in 2014 on “Full Head of Steam.”
The band took shape when banjo and guitar player Andrew Green and electric and “gutbucket” bass player Eben Pariser met at Oberlin College in Ohio. They continued playing together after both moved to New York City.
They were later joined by drummer Tony Montalbano and Seth Paris on clarinet and saxophone, at first busking in the streets and subways and later moving on to clubs and other venues.
“Full Head of Steam,” recorded primarily live and direct to analog tape, also features guest collaborators Chris Eldridge of the Punch Brothers and Red Molly and New York players Bruce Harris and Sam Hoyt on trumpet and David Farrell on piano. It’s mostly original music, but also includes modern updates of some classic traditional songs, including “St. James Infirmary” and “Cocaine Habit Blues.”
‘Full Head of Steam’ – Song Notes:
1. Oh To Be:
The original idea for the form came on the Staten Island ferry, and the original lyrics were all animal based: oh to be a bird in the sky, whale in the sea, fly on the wall, etc. The chorus of this co-write was finally hammered out over a glass of scotch on a summer afternoon.
2. Natchl Culmination
A “sorry I’m not sorry” breakup song that tries to put things in a positive perspective. Written in part at the Body by Brooklyn spa in Clinton Hill, and inspired by The California Honeydrops. Bruce Harris contributes a killer horn arrangement.
3. Down On Your Luck
Originally recorded for Steamboat Soul but never released, this song about an ambivalent relationship was re-recorded as a duet with Molly Venter for "Full Head of Steam." Red Molly makes a special guest appearance on the choruses.
Living in NYC, you can take a lot of the history that's under your feet for granted. After passing the enormous Calvary Cemetery countless times on the BQE, some light Googling yielded a whole album’s worth of stories. The cemetery mirrors the city’s size, expansion, and juxtaposition of wealth and poverty.
5. I Want Mo!
This "dangerously in love" song was written on the Q train, and the performance was honed in Union Square Station. The breakdown was added while on tour. Inspiration includes Taj Mahal, Jackie Wilson and The Isley Brothers.
6. Now There's You
Another breakup song, this time about being freshly single after a long relationship and barely remembering who you are. The half-time breakdowns eventually led to a doo-wop vibe with the backup vocals, and ultimately the "Barry Waits" voice over was born. With another terrific horn arrangement by Bruce Harris.
7. Cocaine Habit Blues
A classic folk song we learned from the Memphis Jug Band which has since been re-popularized. Our version is built on a "Bo-Diddley" beat and contains nods to The Grateful Dead and Taj Mahal.
8. St. James Infirmary
A minimalist, wailing version of the New Orleans standard. This is a totally live take with no edits or overdubs of just the core quintet- banjo, drums, bucket-bass, trumpet and clarinet.
9. Crazy Bout You
The delightful bop-inspired horn arrangement by Seth over bluegrass-style banjo is a classic Steamboat Soul sound. Eben was cajoled into getting progressively more drunk and "crazy" on whiskey for his vocal takes as the song goes on.
10. Deep Elem Blues
This folk song has always been a party-starter for the band and this version is no exception. Featuring double trumpets, a shout chorus that nearly comes off the rails, and an epic vocal performance.
11. Roosevelt Dime
First written and performed in 2009 for the NYC record release for Crooked Roots, the band has finally captured a totally live and raw version of this old standby that’s fit for release. It’s meant to be an introduction to the band, both in name and in style.
Roosevelt Dime is:
Andrew Green: banjo, guitar, lead vox
Eben Pariser: bass, bucket bass, lead vox
Tony Montalbano: drums, backup vox
Seth Paris: clarinet, saxophones, backup vox
Full Head of Steam
produced by: Eben Pariser
Punch Brother Chris "Critter" Eldgridge: guitar, trks 1,3
Bruce Harris: trumpet, all trks
Molly Venter and Red Molly: vocals, trk 3
David Farrell: piano/organ, trks 2,4,6,7,10,11
Sam Hoyt: trumpet, trks 5,11
Matt Mussellman: trombone, trks 9,11,12
Adam Chilenski: bass, trks 1,2,6,7
recorded and mixed by : Mitch Rackin, Seaside Lounge Studios
mastered by: Eric Conn, Independent Mastering
artwork: Jason Walz
graphic design: Njoki Gitahi
More Information: http://rooseveltdimemusic.com/