Posted by alpolizzi
on August 23, 2013 / Posted in News
ARTIST: NY Country
ALBUM: “The Woodshop Session” (No label listed)
Country music in the 845 area code isn’t exactly flourishing these days, but there’s a Hudson Valley band called NY Country is trying to challenge stereotypes about the ability and/or qualifications of anyone who lives above the Mason-Dixon Line to play country. This project features singer/drummer Anthony Polizzi, guitarist Barry Craft and harp man Rick Surrano.
Kicking off with “NY Country,” this song harks back to the days straight ahead yet rockin’ country ala John Anderson. ”How Could You Hurt Me” turns the amps up for more dirt, while “Smoke Rings” brings it back to front porch-pickin’ good times. “My Father’s Friends” is sentimental and sweet, while “That’s My Mountain” kicks up its heels and “Two Drinks” just smokes.
Polizzi’s voice is capable. There is a lot of heart in this project, and that is infectious. Guitarist Craft rises to the occasion with some blistering solos and tasteful fills, as does the killer harp of Surrano.
Yes, country is country, wherever you are on the map, and this is the proof.
David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in Woodstock
Posted by alpolizzi
on August 23, 2013 / Posted in Uncategorized
Founding member and drummer, Anthony L. Polizzi, started NY COUNTRY in 2006. “The Woodshop Sessions” are 12 original songs centered around life and love in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York.
“The Woodshop Sessions” is Anthony’s first independent project as a singer/songwriter. NY COUNTRY’s live performances are centered around Anthony’s energetic drumming skills while in full command of his distinct vocals. The color of his voice washes from breathy to gritty. The music is tight and the lyrics are honest. The harmonies between Anthony and backup vocalist, Tara Becker, are comfortable.
Founding member, Barry Craft’s, mesmerizing solos demonstrate his guitar mastery. Barry is a musician’s musician jumping effortlessly from guitar to keyboards and back to bass, without missing a beat.
Both, Anthony and Barry, are natives of Saugerties, NY – which was voted one of the “Top Ten Coolest Towns in the US”.
Bassist Mike Colletti, lends his upright bass to “Sheriff’s ‘Shine” giving it just the right amount of mountain sound, while Rick Surrano provides melodic harmonica throughout the songs.
Come take a ride with NY COUNTRY, and experience Southern Rock –
Upstate New York Style.