Pat Guadagno’s ‘1964’ is an all-cover homage to the artists who inspired him.
Pat Guadagno’s long career has made him somewhat of a folk legend, both in culture and in musical style. A true troubadour in the classical sense, Guadagno has become known both for his original folk compositions and his rousing and spot-on performance style when he covers other artists. Now, after decades of performing his own work and classic favorites, Guadagno has released a stirring, all-cover homage to all the artists who helped him discover and keep his passion for music.
In addition to featuring in the film Warrior Road and Showtime’s award-winning Californication series, Guadagno is also a musical director on METV’s Big Variety Show. Over his career, he’s released six albums wherein he collaborated with jazz legend John Tropea and Grammy award winner Keb Mo’, performed the National Anthem to a packed football playoff stadium and headlined the Toronto Film Festival.
Guadagno is well recognized in his native Jersey Shore and internationally by guitar magazines for his almost supernatural and mistake-free guitar technique: From raucous, invigorated strumming to tender finger-picking a showcase of Guadagno’s mastery of the acoustic guitar.” — Acoustic Guitar World. His stage presence and unflinching voice has also earned him more accolades and high-profile gigs than his folksy ancestors can shake a proverbial stick at. This folk artist gives the impression, however, that he cares very little for all those accolades, and 1964 is the proof.
Guadagno has always included cover songs in his live sets – some of which his fans prefer to the originals – and it’s genuinely because he wants everyone to feel the magic he felt when he first discovered his passion for music.
“I tried to produce this new album, with the innocence of the child who first heard these songs. We listen to music with different ears as we age. Back then the magic came through the speakers without reference or perspective. Songs were unexplained and meant something different to everyone. What we saw, with eyes closed, could never be captured in a video. I included some of the songs that reached me, that year, in ways I could never describe. There is no message or theme here; just an homage to the year magic happened and a musical renaissance ensued.”
Speak to any musician or even anyone who’s passionate about music and the feeling Guadagno describes universal: we all know it and we all remember where we were when we first heard that song that hooked us. For Guadagno, it was an entire era, and that’s what 1964 is comprised of his own personal golden age. And a good age it was, with songs from legends like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Animals (Leadbelly orig.) and more, Guadagno puts his own practiced spin on each one and makes them his own.
With all the experience and skill he has under his belt, Pat Guadagno still feels and wants to inspire wonder at the gift of music. This beautiful homage will certainly do that while showcasing that experience, skill and style. The New York Times and many others agree: Pat Guadagno is “a well-traveled troubadour with a remarkable repertoire.” and 1964 will take fans on “a musical journey, an always unpredictable ride.”
Stream “1964” on Spotify.
Artist Name: Pat Guadagno
Location: Jersey Shore USA
Release Title: 1964
Release Date: 1/10/2023
Producer Name(s):Pat Guadagno, Phil Ludwig
Similar/RIYL: Raul Malo, Dean Martin, Willie Nelson, Steve Goodman
Genre(s):Folk, Folk Rock, Americana
Pat Guadagno- Guitars, Vocals
John Tropea – Guitar
Rob Paparozzi – Harmonica
Mary McCrink -Vocals
Alex Jenkins – ContraBass
Gary Oleyar – Violin
“A well-traveled troubadour with a remarkable repertoire…A musical journey, an always unpredictable ride” – The New York Times
“Talk about breathing new life into old chestnuts …This Guy is Big Time” – Vin Scelsa – Idiots Delight
“From raucous, invigorated strumming to tender finger-picking a showcase of Guadagno’s mastery of the acoustic guitar.” – Acoustic Guitar World
“What sets him apart is his refusal to perform the songs in anything resembling their original style, and his effortless intuitiveness
gives them new meanings.” – Music City News
“Sporting an appealingly raspy voice, a clean, straightforward style of dynamic guitar playing, and a wonderful knack for bringing a
simple song to exceptionally exciting and energetic life – Jersey Beat
“Using a strong strumming technique and gentle melodic finger picking, Guadagno’s style, content and interpretation of others material, grabs you by the ears and forces you to listen – The Trentonian
All too infrequently we have the bittersweet pleasure of feeling music viscerally, goose bumps and that feeling between sadness and indescribable joy that twinkles down our spine. It is music we want to hear again and again – we just can’t get enough – MARTHA’S VINEYARD TIMES
Pat Guadagno’s unconventional stylings and unique interpretations found an International audience when his music was featured in the Award-winning SHOWTIME series Californication , and the Highly acclaimed film Warrior Road. Deeply rooted, but not mired in the Historic Jersey Shore music scene, the Musical Director for METV’s Big Variety Show, has released 6 albums filled with musical surprises including collaborations with Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ Hall of Famer Buck Dharma, Jazz legend John Tropea and Dove Award winner, Steven Delopoulos.
An avid sports fan, Guadagno performs Our National Anthem at ballparks and stadiums across the country. The high point came at an NFL Playoff game before 80,000 fans watched those hated Dallas Cowboys fall to his beloved NY Giants on their way to winning Super Bowl XLVI. the well-traveled troubadour continues to garner high praise and rave reviews as he Headlines events from Canada (the Toronto Film Festival) to Zihuantanejo the Festival de la Guitarra . Winter months, find the self-proclaimed Saloon Singer in the Caribbean, and Key West, entertaining audiences, and annoying golfers in a lifelong struggle to break 100, and the dress code at the finest Golf Courses in the Southern Hemisphere.
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