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Steven Capozzola
Steven Capozzola was the founding bass player and harmony singer in
the San Francisco-based rock steady group, The Jethro Jeremiah Band,
till a near-fatal stage accident temporarily retired him from music.  
After recovering and eventually moving to the east coast, he returned to music
and has been writing and performing his own brand of singalong acoustic porch
music.  He has played music all over the U.S. and currently divides his time
between gigging and jamming in both New York City and Woodstock, NY.

I recorded a new batch of songs recently during a long day-and-night session at my friend Mateo Monk's home studio in rural Purcellville, Virginia, at the foothills of
the Blue Ridge Mountains. The six songs are posted at ReverbNation. We're currently number #5 on the ReverbNation Folk charts for New York, NY as of Jan. 21st.
On a cold, windy, winter afternoon, Mateo and I walked down to his basement studio, switched on an electric heater, and started recording. We worked as fast as we
could in order to put down a handful of songs in the one free day that Mateo had that week.
Many of these songs were done in one take—just quick rhythm guitar, vocals, and bass, with Mateo adding percussion, flute, and lead guitar. We had to work quickly,
which is why we couldn’t fix a few out of tune bass notes and some hoarse vocals.
Come evening time, we shifted to whiskey and hunkered down to mix the songs. Mateo worked fast to pull together what turned out to be a crisp batch of folkish,
country-rock tunes. We were amazed to find that the bass guitar on one song, “Staring,” somehow pulled in a snippet of a radio announcer saying, “…in the midst of
one of those glorious times and victorious times.” You can hear that radio feedback at the end of the song. On some other songs, you can hear squeaking chairs,
some scattered talking, and the occasional click-clack of Mateo playing with a chain of “magnet balls.”
There was no point in editing out these stray sounds. We didn’t have time. But I think they also help to commemorate a great day of music. And they might help
transport the listener back to Mateo’s great guitar and flute playing during that long 12-hour session.
Most of all, though, I hope you’ll sing along to some of these songs. When we were recording “The Preacher”—the song that opens this new EP—we thought we were
onto something special. Maybe you can hear it in the layers of ragged, late-night harmonies that we added…
Anyway, these songs offer a snapshot of a special winter day in Purcellville, Virginia. The tracks are posted and available for listening and free download at both:

www.reverbnation.com/stevencap   and   www.sonicbids.com/stevencapozzola

Thanks for listening.
In His Own Words
Mateo Monk

EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT! @ Patty Boom Boom, 9:30pm - 12:30am - 1359 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 |
(202) 629-1712 |
pattyboomboomdc.com - Playing w/ the Archives Reggae

Tuesday, February 8th @ Patty Boom Boom, 8-9pm - 1359 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 | (202) 629-1712 |
pattyboomboomdc.com - Performing a solo "Early Show" from 8 - 9pm before joining the Archives at 9:30pm

Wednesday, February 9th @ United Steelworkers Conference, 6 - 8pm - Private Event

Saturday, February 12th @ Dogfish Head Ale House, 9pm - Midnight
13041 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy. Fairfax, VA 22033 | 703-961-1140|

Sunday, February 20th @ Harmony Cafe , 7pm - 52 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock NY, 12498
facebook.com/harmonymusicwoodstockny - With Steven Capozzola and Bernie Reilly

Acoustic Steven, 2009
Smoke, 2010
Purcellville, 2011

A review from Gary Allen

Awaiting a pending overnight snow I am listening to the new CD  titled "Purcellville", by Sonicbids and Indie artist Steven Capozzola. Enlisted as his partner in this
laid back, down home project is DC-area musician, Mateo Monk, who regularly performs on flute and guitar, playing world roots music styles from reggae to raga.
The partnership is a pleasurable blend of two men who probably individually consider themselves "one man bands". " A brilliant fusing of two exceptional talents..
gutsy, rootsy.. actually fantastically good.. they spark off each other like an established comedy act. Mateo's flute style reminds me of the late, great Chris Wood
from Traffic, one of my favorite bands. Go and see this hugely talented duo the next time they come anywhere near you. You won't be disappointed."

The vibe of this recording is right in sync with my warm coffee and tennis ball chasing border collie, that seems to be enjoying the music as well. The technique is
simple and user friendly with thoughtful and personal lyrics that tell safe and fuzzy stories. Recently typing to Steven he revealed that two of his own favorite new
songs were on "Purcellville", "The Lord's Blues" and "The Preacher". "The Lord's Blues" opens this collection of tunes. I can't make it all alone, just dressed in these
old bones, sings Steven in this cleverly executed plea to the creator.

He broke onto the American folk scene with his first recorded work "Acoustic Steven" in 2009 with his  folk songs which, whilst contemporary, evoke the 60s folk revival
when singer-songwriters original output blended with traditional material. His strong, catchy melodies and commitment to personal reality issues make his music both
accessible and meaningful. I especially relate to the song "I Don't Sleep" as I don't really like to go to bed until I am fairly sure Keith Richards has went face down to
look at the back of his eyelids.

Steven sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy. Only once in a while do you hear a new voice, a new sound that is really worth listening to,
Steven Capozzola is one such! "Purcellville"retains a unique, earthy and compelling sound of it's own in which songs run parallel and fit together as well crafted,
self penned songs should.

Forget about success or recognition for a minute. What you create as a writer or a musician is a function to some degree at least of the work that you put in, of how
well you learn the ropes, and of the extent to which you successfully master your craft. It doesn’t mean that the graft is always going to be fully appreciated or feted.
But if it is there in the work itself, there is no gainsaying it. This much Steven understands. You can hear it in every choice of chord, in every melodic twist and turn, in
the measured words, carefully considered and weighed for effect that should make him feel the equal of anyone at his game. As such, his own measured production,
the song selection, the playing and the pacing strike a balance between the ballad and the upbeat between the sensitive and the commentary. I’d guess that Steven
is very happy with "Purcellville"  and he’s entitled to be. Nice job my friend.

-Gary Allen (The Charlie Daniels Band/JJ Cale)
"Winter Blues." Steven Capozzola Music video: "Winter Blues."
Song by Steven Capozzola -  Avidus Studios, Dir: Jessica Chen
Steven Capozzola - Old Sea Shanty
Tennessee Concerts Song Contest