Local guitar ace Tony Campanella proudly marks the release of his new album, Taking It To The Street (Gulf Coast Records), with a CD Release Party at The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Lane, Friday, April 19. Showtime: 8:00pm. Tickets: $10. Info: (314) 727-4444 or visit https://blueberryhill.com. Also performing: Gulf Coast Records label-mates who also hail from St. Louis, OddsLane. Taking To The Street CD Release Date: Friday, April 19,
Tony Campanella – Some Background
When producer/musician Mike Zito and Guy Hale founded Gulf Coast Records, Tony Campanella was exactly the type of musicians they wanted to sign. Mike Zito has known Tony for almost thirty years. A veteran rockin’ blues artist from the St. Louis area, Tony Campanella has been playing regularly for over twenty-five years, making a name for himself as one of the best guitarists in the city. Tony learned from the local greats: Tommy Bankhead, Marcel Strong, Big George Brock, Lonnie Johnson, Henry Townsend, Benny Smith, and many others. Life experiences have given Tony a whole new sense of of purpose to his playing and a spark he felt when he was just a kid learning to play the guitar. Now is the time for Tony Campanella to shine, to bring his passion and soul to more people. For a long time. St. Louis has known what a rare commodity it has in Tony but but now it will share him with the world. Tony is a virtuoso-level guitarist with a big voice full of fire. He brings years of experience in his debut recording for Gulf Coast Records and an album that will make Blues Rock fans swoon. Tony is ready and he is Taking It To The Street. Recorded at MARZ Studio in Nederland, Texas with producer Mike Zito. Musicians: Tony Campanella, Guitar, Vocals; Terry Dry, Bass Guitar; Matt Johnson, Drums; Lewis Stephens, Piano, Organ, Wurlitzer; and Mike Zito, Rhythm Guitar/Slide Guitar.
What The Press Is Saying About “Taking It To The Street”
“The album opens with the title track, hard-driving, smoldering, and molten blues/rock. Campanella’s rhythm section is excellent but it is his ax front and center all the way. Our favorite track is “One Foot in the Blues” where the MAN plays the AX. Campanella plays with such emotion on this song, I had to hit my inhaler a couple of times.”
“Tony Campanella is a solid singer-songwriter-guitarist who is now completely on my radar. If you like your blues with a dash of hard rock sauce, you’ve found the mother load. With Taking It To The Street, he just might find himself in more demand at major venues and festivals.”
“Campanella changes it up plenty between outright rockers and some really funky stuff as well as a version of ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl’ that is downright nasty. This is Blues Rock at a pure and unadulterated level, with definite echoes of Johnny Winter in his playing as well as Walter Trout. What makes Campanella and Taking To The Street stand out from the millions of other Blues/Rock axemen is his talent.”
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