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P.J. Pacifico Sets ‘Overlooking The Obvious' EP for November 5th; Tour Takes Shape with Hotel Café in Los Angeles, Rockwood in NYC, Uncommon Ground in Chicago, More
(Published: September 03, 2013)

American Songwriter Runs Exclusive ‘Daily Discovery' Preview, as P.J. Pacifico Sets ‘Overlooking The Obvious' EP for November 5th

Daytrotter Session Posts as Well; Tour Takes Shape with Hotel Café in Los Angeles, Rockwood in NYC, Uncommon Ground in Chicago, More

New Studio, New Collaborators, New Producer - Pacifico Makes a Fresh Start with Kit Karslon, Stephen Kellogg, Garrison Starr, Members of the Alternate Routes, Others

With an American Songwriter Exclusive preview and a Daytrotter Session online as well, singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico looks ahead to the November 5th release of his five-song Viper EP ‘Overlooking the Obvious'. 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 SK6ers. Liners follow, below. Watch the EPK, here: http://vimeo.com/72423985

EP release concerts are being lined up for November, including Pacifico's first-ever LA show (at Hotel Café):

11/2 - Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles
11/10 - Rockwood Music Hall - NYC
11/16 - Uncommon Ground - Chicago
11/20 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta
11/21 - The Bluebird Café - Nashville

More dates will be announced soon.

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)
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)

3. Walls
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/new/index.php/press

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/new/
visit: www.viperrecords.com

More Information: http://www.pjpacifico.com/new/

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