Featured Guests Include Umanov Guitars’ Matt Umanov; Washington Squares’ Lauren Agnelli; Euphoria Studios’ David Sokol; Author Meredith Ochs
Storytown to Perform From Recently Released Debut Album
Hosted by Storytown bandleader Guy Story, this new and unique bimonthly series will mix storytelling with live music from Guy’s namesake band Storytown. Each storyteller will share their personal experiences in NY’s music scene over the years. Storytown will play live in between the stories – new songs as well as songs from their debut album Welcome to Storytown. It’s a variety show of sorts about music in New York City, then and now, intimate and personal.
The guest storytellers for the kick-off event are:
Legendary guitar store-owner Matt Umanov (Matt Umanov Guitars)
Singer/songwriter/writer Lauren Agnelli (Nervus Rex, Washington Squares)
Noted rehearsal studio owner and photographer David Sokol (Euphoria Studios)
Author/journalist/musician/deejay Meredith Ochs (NPR’s “The Women Behind the Songs”, Aretha: The Queen of Soul)
NYC band Storytown is the brainchild of songwriter, guitarist and tech visionary Guy Story. Their debut album, Welcome to Storytown was released earlier this year.
Having spent decades deeply embedded in the tech industry—working for the likes of Bell Labs and as the founding CTO at Audible—Guy had an early footprint in startup culture, digital media, and rights management, all of which have become major touchstones in the current music industry. During his time in tech, his lifetime fascination with music and playing guitar had been squarely relegated to a romantic idea dating to his early teens that the Mississippi native would revisit periodically but never allow himself to embrace fully. It wasn’t until experiencing what some might call a late-in-life moment of clarity that Story realized it was now-or-never between him and making music. Much to his surprise, the impulse to facilitate stories—whether it be in the form of writing code or constructing a melody—weren’t altogether different. As it turns out, the narrative impulse just happens to be a part of his DNA.
Backed by bassist Rick Wagner, keyboardist Charly Roth, and drummer Tony Cruz, the twelve original tracks on Welcome to STORYTOWN bring to mind Talking Heads, as well as R.E.M., Old 97s and Alejandro Escovedo among other Southern Rock greats. Deeply embedded in these songs is an innate understanding of how great pop songs work—lyrics that match the emotional heft of the music, perfectly calibrated arrangements in which no sound, no instrumentation, goes to waste. Each song represents an individual journey, both musically and thematically.
Stories from Storytown
05/01/19 – Caveat – New York, NY – tickets
For more information: Brendan Gilmartin – Chart Room Media
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