On 3/5/2013 alison wrote...
Please see our Kickstarter project - we are raising funds to record and release our new CD - Kickstarter is a popular funding platform - fully secure payments from Amazon. In the first 4 days we've reached 22% of our goal - there are all sorts of cool rewards including merch, lessons, concerts, liner notes credits... please check it out and help us make this happen! We have 25 days to raise the rest - we love you all the best - Thanks,
On 1/13/2013 alison wrote...
It was great fun to visit my friends Maxwell Truth, Bird, and Zelda on Offbeat Cinema
yesterday. Cool new set, cool new home for the show. Apparently the show with me as guest star airs on Saturday, Jan. 26....
The band is starting plans for a new CD - hopefully in 2013!
We are currently out of stock of some titles - Retrodyne and Me and Miss Grimes. We will get more copies pressed, but only after our budget allows! Meantime you can always download via iTunes and CDBaby.
I hope you are all doing great!!!!
APB News - 8/13/2010
- Me and Miss Grimes -
CD Review - By Bob Silvestri
Alison Pipitone is the high priestess of the local rock scene. She has set the standard with her live performances, her ample recording oeuvre and as the winner of numerous Buffalo Music Awards and other recognitions. If we gave out local Grammy's she would have a mantle full. She is an in demand talent who has made numerous guest appearances on other artist CD's as well. She has consistently released outstanding recordings including her latest effort Me and Miss Grimes. Her ace band consisting of Natalie Howes, Graham Howes, Ben Clarke, Sheila Conners, drummer extraordinaire Patrick Shaughnessy and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame member (Class of 2006) Jim Whitford add mightily to the recording. Highlights among the ten cuts include "Hello Is Not The Word", the feisty rocker "Crocodile Tears", "Roller Derby Queen", the gently strummed sound of "The Walls Don't Talk" and "Some" another classic Pipitone rocker. Keep rocking Alison you are indeed a local treasure! Check out www.alisonpipitone.com for more information including upcoming shows and how to purchase her latest release Me and Miss Grimes.
On 7/13/2010 alison wrote...
By Joshua Maloni
I don't know what I like more about Alison Pipitone: her effortless ability to rock out on stage, or the beautiful, amazing, angst-ridden lyrics she confesses to her fans and onlookers.
Fortunately, I don't have to pick. It's a package deal, and a wonderful package at that.
Pipitone just gets it. She knows how to grab a crowd's attention; with her guitar - standing, sliding, strutting and strumming - she stands out as the center of the universe. And yet, when she opens her mouth, her words make her a truly relatable performer.
She's not just entertaining, but poignant and relevant. Love, loss, loneliness: Pipitone understands human nature so well, you'd swear Dr. Phil was penning her songs.
It's a rare gift, indeed. And yet one that doesn't garner the attention it should.
To the shame of the music business, Pipitone is not a national artist. Sure, she's played some impressive gigs and opened for some great music legends. But, she's not as well known outside of Buffalo as so many lesser-qualified artists - and you know who you are, Top 40.
Whether Pipitone ever achieves fame and fortune ... I dare say she doesn't care. At this point in her life, she seems content creating incredible songs and performing them for the people of her hometown.
Her current album, "Me and Miss Grimes," is filled with delightfully up-tempo, heart-wrenching numbers that you'll love dancing to (as you cut that "special someone" out of all your pictures).
In the pantheon of great things about Western New York - Niagara Falls, chicken wings, Mighty Taco, neighborly kindness - Pipitone is right up there. That the world doesn't know that yet is to our advantage.
Music has become this region's pastime. On any given night, you'll find your friends, neighbors and co-workers lining smoky clubs or sitting under the stars while camped out on the lawn at Artpark, the Square or Darien Lake.
Without Pipitone, that local concert experience just wouldn't be the same. So, while I'm rooting for her to find new and higher levels of success, I'm secretly hoping she sticks around town just a little bit longer.
We might not have an indoor pool, a barbecue, a solarium, an aquarium, or a petting zoo. But, we do have jokes, some beer, a radio and imagination ... and we adore Pipitone.
Alison Pipitone opens for the Willie Nile Band at Artpark on Wednesday, Aug. 11, as part of the "Coors Light Wednesdays@Artpark" concert series.
On 5/31/2010 alison wrote...
Well, I suppose one entry every six months is not too good for blog business .... better late than never and I have a lot of news to share:
New Video: The band is working on a video for "Roller Derby Queen" featuring, not surprisingly, the awesome women from Queen City Roller Girls... We'll be releasing it / posting it at the end of July. Thank you so much Chrisanne Bellas and Matt Holota.
Summer Shows: Some of our summer shows include Buffalo Gay Pride Festival, Wellsville Creative Arts Center, opening spots for Gord Downie and Willie Nile, and many other great events! See "schedule" for details.
Girls Gone Mild:
Alison joined forces with Mary Ramsey, Theresa Quinn, and Susie Rozler on this oh-so-fun side project. We'll be in Ellicottville on June 11th, in Hamburg on August 10th, and in Watkins Glen at the end of August. Please come hear us!!!! www.girls-gone-mild.com
Alison was part of this group in Los Angeles in the late eighties / early nineties (with sister Natalie, brother Damon and the suave Aaron Britt). Our first ever reunion takes place on August 20 and August 21. We have a really cool show with the also-reuniting Tails and McCarthyizm at Nietzsches on Aug 20 and then the Monas will be in Hamburg at the Buffalo Street Grill on Aug 21. (Look for drink specials on our own drink invention: the Mona Little and the Mona Lot). Details at http://tempuri.org/tempuri.html
Songwriting Workshops: Alison is running songwriting workshops this summer - in particular a teen workshop (6 sessions over 3 weeks) which will address songwriting AND different elements about being in a band. For more information: email@example.com
APB News - 1/16/2010
.... for songwriting workshop - details below!!
APB News - 1/11/2010
I will be running a new songwriting workshop starting in late Jan / early Feb. Exact days and times can be flexible based on participants. Limited to 10 people; I'll need at least 6 to run it. You'll write 6 songs in 6 weeks - Beginners / Advanced welcome. It helps if you play an instrument but even that is not absolutely necessary. Ages 18 and up.... $80 for workshop. Email if interested and I'll give you more details! THANKS! for information: firstname.lastname@example.org -
APB News - 1/5/2010
We are wrapping up production on the new John Kloberdanz CD, Stumbling Towards Happiness. I will put links up on the this site about when you can check it out. Look for that around early February. Great job to everyone who performed on and recorded this CD (Audio Magic, Mike Rorick, Gray, Ben, Ray, Nat, and of course - JOHN); I am proud to be a part of it!!
On 12/10/2009 alison wrote...
Oh snail, climb Mt. Fuji .... but slowly, slowly.
APB News - 11/9/2009
Check out the interview with Alison by Terry Doyle on "Imprint" from Catskill Community Radio!!! The show runs 11/15 - 11/21 (Sundays at 4pm [and many times during the day - twice to be exact] on www.catskillradio.org and Saturdays at 5pm on WUOW 104.7 FM Oneonta, www.wuow.org)
APB News - 10/29/2009
Our bandmate Sheila Connors is starting a run in Man of La Mancha at Musicalfare Theater - of course, the band will be going to several of these performances to support our favorite accordion player! Get info here: http://www.musicalfare.com/nowplaying/viewperformance.php?p_id=192 On a related note, Tom Naples (whose CD Alison just finished producing) has written a play with Jon Elston for Road Less Traveled Productions. Get information about seeing American Deal here: http://www.roadlesstraveledproductions.org/
On 10/24/2009 alison wrote...
Are we not formed, as notes of music are,
For one another, though dissimilar?
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
On 10/7/2009 alison wrote...
Hello, hello - how are you? As you may have noticed, we updated the site a bit. Thanks Sue Barth and nSytes.com ... In the coming days we'll also have the merch section up and running. Included among the items will be the ever-popular APB pick necklaces. Talk about exciting!!!
Look in Sunday's Buffalo News for a story about yours truly, written by the debonair Jeff Miers. If you live outside the range of Buffalo's paper-slinging newsboysgirls, just look on www.buffalonews.com
I am almost finished producing Tom Naples' new CD Migration. I already knew he was a great friend and talented songwriter, but now I also know we work really well together. When it's all done I'll put links up here.
Just starting the production for the first CD release from John Kloberdanz. Another great songwriter, joined by Mike Rorick, Gray Howes, Ray Hangen, and Ben Clarke in the studio. I'm thrilled to be a part of it.
That's all for now; tell me if you like the website updates!
On 9/23/2009 alison wrote...
The new CD is now available for purchase on cdbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alisonpipitoneband
....If you already have the CD, and you like, please feel free to write a review on cdbaby site -Spread the word about "Me and Miss Grimes" - she only comes around one time....! APB
APB News - 6/26/2009
CD RELEASE PARTY DETAILS!!ALISON PIPITONE BAND
SPECIAL GUEST: LEATHER GARDEN
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY: THE STRIPTEASERS
WNY BEST ARTISTS AT PRE-PARTY
PRE-PARTY AT 6:30PM
MUSIC STARTS AT 8PM
$20 (includes a copy of the APB new CD, "Me and Miss Grimes")
Tickets available at Tralf Box Office, Rust Belt Books (Allentown, Buffalo), at AP shows, at Buffalo Street Grill (Hamburg), or at TicketMaster.com
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The Tralf Music Hall
622 Main Street
On 6/15/2009 alison wrote...
Hello to you on a beautiful Monday. Come to Roz's on Wednesday, budding and budded musicians and poets and songwriters. I need to hear your voices and songs --
Some changes re. our CD release - I am good at music, but not particularly brilliant at logistics - so more to come.... but that CD is just about ready for printing....! Look for updates on an August 8th date soon..!
My tooth hurts from a crown today - nobody told me it was going to hurt. It hurts.
Until next time, lads and lassies.... AP
On 6/4/2009 alison wrote...
Another great night at Roz's - Thank you to John Kloberdanz, Diane Meholick, Josh Smith, Jim Caputa, Chris & Mike (from Diva Show & Soul Barons), John Hornberger, the wonderful Rose Bond and dazzling John Allen ..... It was the Night of Many Johns....See you next week! Alison
On 5/26/2009 alison wrote...
I want to remind you about the open mic that I'm hosting Wednesdays at Roz's Bar and Grill in Hamburg (5810 Camp Road)
Last week was a great first week- thank you to Mudda Nature, Mike Skowronski, Witchdoctor, Brian Adams & 28 Perfect Strings, Navy Brian, Chris from the Diva Show, Led Foot Mel, and all the others who showed up!
Please pass this email on to anyone you know in the Southtowns, any musicians who enjoy playing on their night off, and especially to those starting off in songwriting, poetry.... the audience at Roz's is very supportive and they like to hear new stuff.
Open mic from 7pm - 10pm; sign up sheet available at 6:30
APB News - 5/12/2009
OPEN MIC HOSTED BY ALISON PIPITONE - Roz's Bar & Grill - 5810 Camp Road - Hamburg - See "Schedule" for details - WEDNESDAYS THIS SUMMER!!!!
APB News - 5/2/2009
Hello! Within 2 weeks we will make an announcement about a very special CD release party. Limited number of tickets sold for exclusive party at private location (30 minutes from Buffalo) - a couple hints....campground, signed CD, catered dinner, adult beverages, performance from APB, bonfire, discounted hotel rooms available, shuttle from hotel to campground....! Tentative date Saturday, August 8...More details to follow - Alison & Band
APB News - 4/26/2009
We are DONE recording!!! Will took it home to mix....my brother Damon will add backing vocals out there in Cali.... I'm pretty sure it sounds outstanding. Many big and cool things in the works. Just thought you'd want to know - Some of my peeps and handlers are telling me I have to twitter. God help me, I don't want to. Who the hell cares what everyone does on any given day? Nothing personal, but I don't care what you had for lunch, and you likewise probably don't care what I had for lunch. For now,I'll be twitterless. Amen.
APB News - 4/14/2009
As you can see below - we are playing at the Hamburg All Stars Music Festival - the idea is to raise money for Hamburg School District Music Programs - each bar features a band either from or currently living in Hamburg. The Hamburg Palace features a band showcase for 7 high school / junior high bands. Jeff Miers and Mary Ramsey will be part of the feedback panel for this part of the event. Bands all day and evening; then the Palace is showing Zappa's "200 Motels" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 10pm and midnight, respectively. Can you come??? $10
APB News - 4/8/2009
We are deep into the recording of the cd - Drums & bass are done - guitars are happening - thanks Josh and Holt at California Road Studios - you helped us out of a bind - great room! And Joe Rozler, Mary Ramsey, Tom Naples, and JJ Moscato all agreed to guest appearances on the cd - We have no idea when the cd will be released - many variables and we will keep you posted. APB
APB News - 1/24/2009
Also recently up for purchase - A song Alison co-wrote with Rob Lynch for his CD "Rob Lynch And Friends: Duets" - listen to a clip courtesy of CDBaby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/lynch3 - other Friends on this CD include Mike Morrissey, Joe Rozler, Chris Cannon and many many more...
APB News - 1/24/2009
Alison Pipitone made a guest appearance on Dave Ruch's new CD, "The Oldest was Born First: Traditional songs and tunes from New York State." The song "Wisconsin" (Dave & Alison) was nominated for the 2008 Imprint Award for Record of the Year. Here is a CD review: http://www.mustrad.org.uk/reviews/daveruch.htm
.... Dave's CD is available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/daveruch
On 1/24/2009 om wrote...
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench - a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs.
There's also a negative side...
- Hunter S. Thompson
On 1/16/2009 alison wrote...
good morning and happy winter to you all. i am happy to say we are doing a new album in april. We are bringing Will Kennedy from Los Angeles here to do the engineering and mixing. i am super excited about it all. and in the meantime, we will be playing a few shows in the next few months - see schedule for details - but the next one up is Wellsville Creative Arts Center in - you guessed it! - Wellsville! Here is a picture out my back window right now- Shed-ville, USA - i am in a snow globe. have a great day peeps....AP
On 11/21/2008 alison wrote...
HELLO - COME TO NIETZSCHES AND HEAR US PLAY OLD AND NEW SONGS WITH OLD AND NEW FRIENDS!!! SEE YOU THERE -
On 9/6/2008 alison wrote...
On Saturday, October 11th, please come see the Alison Pipitone Band at
Common Ground in Ithaca, New York. It is a fantastic town and a super cool
venue. You can get tickets via their website at www.ithacacommonground.com...
You should make a weekend of it because Ithaca has plenty to do and see and hear and feel...
See you there, Alison
On 5/3/2008 alison wrote...
Same thing as last month, but check out the new times and day....TUESDAY evenings, 7pm - 9pm on the following dates: 6-3, 6-10, 6-17, 6-24, 7-1, 7-8. Please email me with questions or if you would like to participate. (Go to "contact" and i'll get your email). Exquisite Taste Cafe, Orchard Park, $80. Thanks!
On 4/1/2008 alison wrote...
Hey Buffalo songwriters.... I am doing a songwriting workshop on Saturdays in May.... limited to 10 people; there are 6 spots available as of today. So if you're interested, go to "contact" on this webpage -your email will come to me directly - drop me a line - and I will send you back all the information -Thanks, Alison (ps - all songwriters - experienced and never-done-it-yet - all are welcome!)
On 3/27/2008 alison wrote...
good golly miss molly! holly christiano and i are enjoying a dreamy vacation in san diego, california.... tennis and the beach and the most hospitable living arrangements courtesy of my mother, dr. shari delisle.... last night my brother damon drove down from los angeles, city of angels, and the three of us (holly, bro,and i) formed a short-lived band. we named ourselves the PT Losers, in honor of our rented sweet-ass pt convertible cruiser. holly on drums, damon on gtr and vocs, me on bass and gtr and some singing. had our one and only gig at the surf n' saddle open mic in solana beach. we wrote two songs for the occasion, "Holly To The Rescue" and "Surfin' With Holly," and did some of our songs previously written, newly arranged. a good time was had by all. ....happy spring, beautiful things!
On 3/15/2008 ap wrote...
i'm just thinking about people who i'm grateful for.....do you have those kind of people in your life???? regarding my music career, here is a first list: (in no particular order, and i'll probably add to it shortly):
harry scull jr.
the cash cows
dave st. onge
to be continued......
On 2/26/2008 alison wrote...
on friday, feb 29, listen to the alison pipitone band on 88.7 wbfo - alex kelly interviews the band for "avenues" - 8pm - for those of you not in the wny area, check out www.wbfo.org
On 2/20/2008 alison wrote...
hello, all...i hope you like the new updates we've put on the website -- enjoy, and don't forget to add your comments! it is february, the winter of my discontent....alas and alack. and a slap on yer back. tomorrow the navy is gonna shoot down that satellite thing -- apparently we told the world to "Clear The Pacific!" - why do I get the feeling that it is gonna land in buffalo? if there is still any liquid on board when it hits the turf, you know we would drink it. have a good afternoon, all yous.
On 1/28/2008 alison wrote...
happy new years-
what's your resolution?
mine is to write more blogs.
and to go to prague.
and to get another dog.
and to not take drogs.
from your buffalo connection,
On 11/12/2007 alison wrote...
new press: we are working on a "press" section on this site; sort of a record of articles and reviews over the years. in the meantime, here is an article that just came out in 1300 Elmwood, Buff State's alumni magazine. Enjoy!
On 5/26/2007 alison wrote...
...it's almost memorial day, and it sure is beautiful here in buffalo, new york!! you may have noticed that our "upcoming shows" section has been a little, well, sparse....we've all been busy trying to answer to the man, make our way in this fast and careless world! patrick and his wife had a son, i just finished working on masters in english lit, gray and jim just got their vcr repair shop off the ground...nat and sheila were on a princess cruises boat; not on vacation, working as part of the dynamic trio "jack and two jills"....anyway, now we're all back together and ready for more action! at some upcoming shows you may notice that we have a different bass player (tyler) or a different backing vocalist (annie)....jim will be in europe for a lot of this summer, and sheila will be in europe - ireland, to be exact - for part of the summer too. thanks tyler and annie for joining us!! anyway, until next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars! alison
On 4/19/2007 alison wrote...
thanks to everyone who has written and said cool things about the new website. don't forget we're playing at nietzsche's on friday night, along with free henry and our dear ol' friend pamela ryder. as many of you know, pamela now lives in austin, tx. before that she was buffalo's own gloss-wearin', pistol-packin', club-hoppin', jaw-droppin' chanteuse. not even sure what chanteuse means, but i think it's like a singer. anyway, she'll be playing at nietzsche's with the world famous alison pipitone band. free henry has played with us once before and they are super cool, talented guys. showtime is 10pm - cover charge is $7. see you after the sabres game, lads and lassies.
On 4/2/2007 alison wrote...
Well, guys and gals, we are back online....thanks to www.nSytes.com and Sue for the great work. I will be posting a blog every week or so and let you all know what" s going on. Saturday night we played at the Buffalo Convention Center for the Patty Parete fundraiser. For those of you who don"t know, she is a Buffalo police officer who was shot in the line of the duty in December 2006. She is in a rehab center in New Jersey, and we are keeping her in our thoughts and prayers. The event was beyond amazing; so much good energy; great and good people; plenty of food and beer beer beer. The Alison Pipitone Band just finished up our 6 month Friday night Happy Hour stint at the Sportsmen"s Tavern; so many friends and honkey tonk times this year! Thanks for that! I"m gonna start working on our summer schedule, so keep your eyes peeled (or is that pealed?) Peeled eyes sounds very painful. Any suggestions of where you"d like us to play this summer let me know - or email our booking address. Apparently you"re gonna be able to answer these blogs. Here"s a question for you all: what is easier to live without: beer or cheese? And what kind in particular is your favorite of each or both? Later alligators.
Your faithful rock and roll star,