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WHO’S THAT MAN? ED RANDAZZO IS THAT MAN CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN THE PA MUSIC BIZ

October 24, 2019

A comprehensive compilation of an artist’s survival in a local market for over ten years. A rare feat for that market. Photo courtesy edrandazzomusic.com

One thing this blog has taught me is, “Stay in your lane”. I’ve dabbled in jazz reviews, world reviews, indie reviews, Americana reviews, and it has brought me to the point where, I need to stay within my personal wheelhouse of expertise. While I may not be the world’s foremost authority on Goth music, I will continue to bait all the Daniel Ash fans with my opinion (yes, Vinnie, that last word, OPINION, stupid Bauhaus loser arguing with my opinion) but I will pick and choose my reviews carefully from this point forward.

So when it was proposed to me that I could do the new Ed Randazzo retrospective, I jumped at the chance. Admittedly, Randazzo’s style of traditional, Americana folk-soul borders suspiciously close to some of the music I have recently sworn-off. For personal reasons I will pay no more attention to Sam Llanas and his crew. Since I will not be committing any further column space about his Americana, why not support a local boy who isn’t a full-of-himself douche who doesn’t appreciate those who were pulling for him, and promoting them to the best of their ability? Randazzo never made any promises, connections or forged any allegiances to go back on.

I have no problem promoting someone who is genuine, earnest, and has bon-a-fide talent. Like Ed…

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ED RANDAZZO SHOWS, TELLS AND DELIVERS WITH HIS CD SHOW AND TELL

April 10, 2013
Local NE PA artist Ed Randazzo's latest release Show And Tell.  Out now!  Photo courtesy Ed Randazzo

Local NE PA artist Ed Randazzo’s latest release Show And Tell. Out now! Photo courtesy Ed Randazzo

Facebook is actually good for some things!  This may come as a surprise to many, but I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of Ed Randazzo through Facebook.  While the initial conversation was not about music, we became conversational through the site and I got introduced to a whole new world of music happening (literally) in my back yard.  Randazzo invited me to one of his shows, opening for Spencer Bohren at the Tripp house in West Scranton’s Tripp’s park section.

This show was put on by a group I can’t stop going on about, PocoNotes, as they have one of the most noble operation statements I have heard of in many years of dealing with the monster that is the music business. That mission statement being, to promote blues and roots music on the local level.  I have been a proponent of local level music promotion since I was involved in playing music at the local level back in the mid to late 80’s with Rudi And The Living Dolls.  Since being fortunate enough to establish this column, first through the independent music store syndication, I was immediately barred from promoting local acts because the indie music stores weren’t able to profit from independently self-distributed products.

Products from acts like another former Rudi And The Living Dolls member, drummer Joe Tocket’s new band Instant Karma and the subject of this review, Ed Randazzo and his album Show And Tell.

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WITH THE HELP OF POCONOTES, EDDIE RANDAZZO THUNDERS THROUGH THE TRIPP HOUSE FOR SOME DOWN HOME, DOWN LOW, SOULFUL SOUNDS, 09-15-12

September 22, 2012

Local artist Ed Randazzo performs at Tripp House in Scranton. Photo by Lynn Vala

Striking out on one’s own can be harrowing.  No one knows that better than I.  No longer do I have the syndication, the music stores to cover my ass should I foul up (which I do often, not getting into details).  But the inverse side of that coin is, I no longer have those same sources of “protection” telling me to keep it at any particular level, to direct sales to their outlets, to “leave the acts without a record contract alone, there’s no money in that for us”.  That means, if I want to cover my former fellow band mates in their current endeavors, I have full license to do so.  If a promoter sends me a press release and it redirects me to a CDBaby page, I no longer have to edit that out!!!  I love the people at CDBaby, they are a bastion of light in an industry of filth, corruption and darkness.  There is only one other label that BouleBlog will endorse, that being Robert Fripp’s InnerKnot.  But there is something I love more than those labels…

I love local!!  I began covering the “established” music scene about five years ago.  But even those established artists had to start somewhere.  Their own local scene.  So why not cover where I came to musical “prominence”?  My local scene…

Or, perhaps more appropriately, my roots!

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