Love Is Everything
Movie friendly Folk Jazz songs about love
This Album was a joy to make. It is a record that I've wanted to make for a long time. It started as a six song project and grew to 14 songs, in the running, before arriving on eight tracks. A wonderful group of musicians brought their love and talent to the project. The whole record was cut starting with a guitar, vocal demo, or guitar, piano and layered from there at my home studio. With the exception of file sharing with the piano guys. Chris Walters, Mark T Jordan, Bill Livsey, Steve Conn and Kevin McKendree, supplied the wonderful piano parts. Rory Hoffman, Jerry Kimbro and myself on guitar. Jack Bruno on drums on all but "One More Night with You" Brad Alvin, Scott Chambers and myself on Bass My Dear Friend Linda Cornell Joining me on vocals (which we cut at her farm in wisconsin) early in the project. Rory Hoffman on accordion, sax and whistle Jim Houck on Clarinet and sax on Baby where are you tonight Steve Conn Accordian
Jeff Gilhart and Paul Umbach, Joining me in mixing Jeff Gilhart Mastering
Politics, Religion and Other Works of Fiction
Meaningful What you might hear from cats like Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman or Dylan. Classic American strains banded together and steeped in soul… politically charged and romantically optimistic. It’s the music’s truth that rings loudest of all
Nine new songs from a meaninful voice of peace and justice. In the spirit of true folk music these songs address some of the relavant issues of todays world
Life Here On Earth
American musical crossroads steeped in soul,folk and rock, politically charged and romantically optimistic… but it’s the music’s truth that rings loudest of all.
This project is dedicated to the free expression of ideas and is in no way intended to anger or humiliate anyone who doesen't deserve it.
All in fun and with love! Blessings to all!
All profits from this CD will go to Non profit LPFM Community radio. To learn more go to www.rossfalzone.com
Thanks to the talented musical friends who pitched in and helped bring these songs to life.
Including an appearance by the great Eddie Freedom, who after being black balled by the religious right and the Bush administration is now unfortunately homeless and living in shed next to the villa of Cardinal Ravioli De La Manure in France Nashville Music Guide:
THREE NEW REKKIDS – I got my ears on three new CDs this month. The first is by Ross Falzone, a Nashville songwriter/activist/guitarist/producer who’s last work, called Radical Heart, garnered rave reviews and expertly named the liberal sensibility of citizens disenchanted with our current government. His music is not strictly blues, but certainly is blues in lyrical content, and is bluesy old soul-rock in description. His new one, Life Here on Earth, is a mighty next step. Song titles alone convey the sincerity of the artist: "The Truth has God on its Side," "Some of us Die Hungry," "Hang In There," and "I’ve Got it All Figured Out." The latter has a chorus that must speak for many of us: "I’m a complex, simple-minded, brave, scared, undecided confident liberal conservative. I’m a semi-wholehearted, peace loving, gun toting, God-fearing atheist; and I’ve got it all figured out, except when I have my doubts." Wish I’d written that. Sure gets a rueful laugh here at Nashville Music Guide Blues Central. Certainly Falzone’s work has been compared with the best sounds of Springsteen or Dylan. It’s a fair comparison. Ross’ musicians include a number of local heavies, including Gary Tallent of the E Street Band and Jimmy Nalls of Sea Level. This is a work of intense, angry art; with enough gritty delivery to convince the novice rock fan to get involved and do something. And oh, yeah, I’m on this disc; playing one of my all time favorite tracks on a song called "Good Ol’ Boy Thing." Go to rossfalzone.com.
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A soulful blend of rock, folk, blues, gospel, spoken-word, humor and funk, combined with socially-conscious songwriting; all proceeds benefit award-winning Nashville youth agency, Oasis Center.
Radical Heart is a record for our times. The debut CD release of performing songwriter, ROSS, uses an eclectic mix of rock, folk, R&B, gospel, spoken-word, funk and humor to tackle the tough issues of politics, war, religion, oppression, power, activism, and love. The effect is both provocative and uplifting. And not only is Radical Heart both musically and lyrically risk-taking, but it's community-conscious, as well. ROSS ain't making a dime. The CD sales proceeds go to Oasis Center, an award-winning, non-profit youth agency dedicated to enhancing the lives of teens and families in Middle Tennessee. Oasis Center additionally provides Middle Tennessee's only licensed shelter for runaway, abused, and homeless youth.
Along with sharing proceeds, ROSS generously shares the spotlight on Radical Heart. Maybe most exciting is his collaboration with spoken-word artist Ami Mattison. In "The Crapitalist," Mattison's edgy poem about the dark side of capitalism, ROSS' arrangement and hard-hitting vocal performance force listeners to re-evaluate their consumerism. Mattison also performs a rap she's written for the center of "Ain't It a Shame," ROSS' composition about the sin of complacency. And although ROSS has writing credits on nine of the album tracks, he's also included "I Think I Saw Jesus," a stirring and poignant call to find God in the face of the oppressed, penned by fellow-Nashvillian, Joe Scutella.
Radical Heart is full of spirit, daring, and lots of surprises. The title track, "Radical Heart," a pop-anthem about standing up for your beliefs, co-written by veteran songwriter, Stan Webb, challenges listeners to examine whether or not they take the easy way out in life. "Second-hand Smoke," also written with Webb, warns about blindly accepting the "facts" we're spoon-fed from media and elsewhere. The riveting "Gotta Get Even," a news-saturated commentary on the futility of revenge, feels especially potent during these days of war and terrorism. Offering hope in a dark world are "Call My Name," a vow of unconditional love written with longtime friends, Jeff Munzert and Ray Wood, and "Father to Son, Man to Man," an optimistic message from parent to child, promising miracles in our mortal world.
ROSS gathers together a diverse mix of talented musicians to help create his powerhouse sound. Vince Santoro (of Little Vinnie and Air Parma and currently touring with mary-Chapin Carpenter and Felix Caviliere) and Barbara Santoro are all over this record with their amazing background harmonies and Vince's drumming. Guitar aficionado, George Marinelli, Jr., (bandleader for Bonnie Raitt,) plays on five tracks and mixes another. Beeb Birtles, (founding member of the Little River Band,) lends his sweet voice, and some guitar, to much of the project. Other talented musicians on the CD include: George Cocchini, Mark Prentice, Cedric Caldwell, Kevin Hogan, Kevin McKendree, Jackie Welch, Dennis Taylor, Shannon Williford, Laurie Canaan, Minton Sparks, Don Maracle, Steve Conn, and Sylvia Hutton. Most of the record is mixed by Jeff Gilhart of The Tree Fort in Rochester, New York.
Radical Heart is Ross' debut CD, published by Poet People. To find out more about Ross, Poet People, or Oasis Center, please visit www.poetpeople.net.