Final Concert of the Horn Pond Series - Jo Henley - Now Scheduled for August 28
It has been a wonderful summer! Finish it off strong at Horn Pond with Jo Henley playing the final free concert on from , courtesy of sponsor, Salem Five Bank.
Co-founded by longtime musical collaborators Andy Campolieto and Ben Lee, Jo Henley is a Boston-based roots-rock band that has been winning over fans and critics alike since 2006 with their unique blend of rock, folk, country, and bluegrass. Campolieto’s and Lee’s mutual love of all forms of American roots music shines through in Jo Henley.
In 2008, Jo Henley independently released their first full-length record, Sad Songs and Alcohol. A 12-track collection of tattered tales of lost love and broken dreams told against a backdrop of acoustic guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, train beats, and weepy steel guitars, Sad Songs and Alcohol caught on with roots and indie music fans across the country, spending close to 6 months on the national Americana charts' (AMAs) Top 100–without any label support.
Over the next year, the band toured up and down the East Coast and as far west as California, building a passionate following along the way. For their highly-anticipated follow-up, Inside Out, Jo Henley teamed with producer Rob Loyot (Girls, Guns & Glory, Sarah Blacker, East 6), and three veteran members of Phish’s Trey Anastasio’s solo band: drummer Russ Lawton, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, and bassist Tony Markellis. Inside Out quickly became a fan favorite, with its heart- and road-weary story-songs that roll easily from folk to straight-ahead rock to honky-tonk to R&B.
After spending much of the next year on the road, Jo Henley recorded their next album, Mohawk, in a mere 5 days in February 2011 with producer/engineer Mark Bryant. Inspired by the birth of his first child, Mohawk is front man Andy Campolieto’s way of describing his life growing up in his hometown of Schenectady, NY, to his son. Brimming with everything from historical narratives, such as the Schenectady Massacre of 1690 and the building of the Erie Canal, to personal and often painful explorations of his own upbringing in the struggling blue-collar Upstate NY town once known as “The City that Light and Hauls the World,” Mohawk hits at the heart of Americana.
The band's fourth full-length release, The Fall Comes Early, was born out of the sudden passing of guitarist Ben Lee's father. As a way to collectively grieve, Andy, Ben, and Mike spent many hours together--talking, hanging out, drinking too much, and writing new music, including an the 8-minute instrumental composition "Big City." The process was cathartic and culminated in a reunion with bassist Tony Markellis and producer Tim Lynch at his Upstate NY studio The Recording Company. The Fall Comes Early was a critical success.
2014 actually began a week early, in the waning days of December 2013, with Tim Lynch again behind the mixing console and Tony Markellis on bass as the band spent a week laying down the foundation for a new collection of songs about the road, growing up, feeling isolated, and coming to grips with mortality. The new record, Around These Parts, was released in December 2014. Special guests include former full-time band mate and talented fiddler/mandolinist, Jordan Santiago, as well as singer-songwriter, Hayley Sabella.
The Horn Pond Summer Concerts are FREE to the community thanks to our generous local businesses sponsors. Bring the whole family down to Ice House Park at Horn Pond and enjoy a night under the stars! Ice House Park is the name of the flat grassy area that runs along Sturgis Street. For your comfort and enjoyment, please remember to bring folding chairs, blankets and insect repellant.
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