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P.J. Pacifico Responds To Fan Requests & Readies Free, Live Solo Acoustic EP (Recorded In A Church!) For May 22nd Via Viper Records
“I wish I could buy a CD with just you and your guitar"
Rock/Pop Singer Pacifico Responds to Fan Requests & Readies Free, Live Solo Acoustic EP (Recorded in a Church!) for May 22nd
In direct response to his fans’ wishes, singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico has readied a live, solo acoustic EP, which will be offered as a free download by Viper Records as of May 22nd – see Pacifico’s first-person notes on the genesis of the project – which he recorded in a church – below:
“Fans always talk to me at shows. I reply to almost all who write to me online and the shows are where we can have an actual conversation. Sometimes between songs, sometimes before I go on and always after the show. Most that talk to me after the performance are interested in buying CDs and saying hello to me. Since I've been touring for the past four years mostly solo acoustic, fans usually pick up one of my albums and say, "now, is this CD what I just heard? Just you and your guitar? Because that's what I want." I can never lie to my fans since they're the reason I have a career in the first place. So, I explain that they are mostly all songs that I've written on my recordings, but with a full band behind me and produced. Most of the time, my fans are okay with that and buy the CD, fully aware of what they're in for when they pop it in. But, there are also a bunch who frown and put the CD back on the table and say, "I wish I could buy a CD with just you and your guitar". Whelp, I got sick of hearing that. And the fans are always right!
So, one night in Southport, CT last year, I booked a gig in a huge room in the back of a church with great acoustics. The concert series is called the Southport Congregational Coffee House. It's a seated show with a quiet audience, which I was told after I confirmed the date. Ding! A lightbulb lit up above my head and I knew that night would make a killer live recording. So, my producer, Andy Abel, and his friend and mine, Jeff Rider, brought in a whole separate rig to record the show professionally. It sounded fantastic, just as I thought it would. A perfect crowd with awesome sound quality.
The songs I chose to be on this live EP were picked because I wanted to give stripped down versions of the full band songs that are on my albums. For example, I played "Incognito" that night, but the album version is acoustic to begin with. I cut it down to seven tracks on the release with cuts from my 2009 & 2011 releases, along with a new song which will be on my upcoming 2012 CD release. I'm proud of them all. Mostly because I'm playing them just the way I wrote them on my couch; just me and my guitar. Just the way my fans told me to. It's totally live and just as it sounded that night as if you were there at the gig. Not perfect, not produced, just me being me and capturing the night. This EP is for my fans. This one is my gift to them, on me.”
As for EP’s memorable cover photo – Pacifico’s wife Sheila gets the credit. She recalled to him: "We were on our way to record your video for Lake Shore Drive’ in the rain, and I saw it and made you turn around to take it, which you did, but you were like "really"? And I felt rushed and because it was raining so hard, I didn't want to use my Nikon, so I took a quick picture on my iphone (and edited in Camera+)."
The track listing on Pacifico’s live CD is as follows:
1. I'm Home
2. The Girl From Montreal
3. Home With Me
4. Lakeshore Drive
6. As Soon As I Can
7. Something Nobody Knows
Even as he readies the free acoustic EP, Pacifico celebrates his current full-band single, the pop/rock track ‘Fold Up Your Heart’. The song is the latest to be released from his critically-acclaimed Viper Records CD ‘Outlet’. iTunes Editorial buzzed that ‘Outlet’ contains “bright folk and pop songs that explode with hooks,” and M Music & Musicians Magazine simply stated that Pacifico “could be huge.” Listen to audio excerpts from the upcoming acoustic project, as well as to tracks from ‘Outlet’, via this link: http://viperrecords.com/index.php/artists/pj-pacifico/136-tour-dates. Viper’s promotional Ad for ‘Fold Up Your Heart’ aired via NBC-TV, ABC-TV and Lifetime Network:
Pacifico is a relentless touring artist – He began his current Spring Tour in New York City on March 5th, and it continues through the end of the month. In June, Pacifico will tour Holland & Germany, and additional details will be announced soon, as will a second round of 2012 U.S. tour dates. His wacky eating habits while on tour will soon be featured in a GOURMET MAGAZINE article about musicians and food. Upcoming concerts include:
3/23 - Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
3/24 - Barcelona - Atlanta, GA
3/25 - House Concert - Jacksonville, FL
3/27 - Culhane's - Atlantic Beach, FL
3/29 - Home Team BBQ - Charleston, SC
3/31 - House Concert, Wilmington, NC
During 2011, Pacifico was embraced by national and regional media, made multiple television appearances, and cemented his presence as a important new voice on the music scene. Critics have put Pacifico in heady company, with repeated comparisons to such performers as Paul Simon, James Taylor, Duncan Sheik, Evan Dando, Lemonheads, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Matthew Sweet, Gin Blossoms and more. Get a further taste of ‘Outlet’ via this music video for the standout track, ‘Lakeshore Drive’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnG_nyF6yGk. Behind-the-scenes footage and interview here, via HIP Video Spotlight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn5Cy4muoo4. Watch the official music video for ‘Heads Up’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHlwTtsZg9M
M MUSIC & MUSICIANS MAGAZINE – CD REVIEW http://mmusicmag.com/m/2011/07/p-j-pacifico/
Life is tough for touring musicians, but less so for those with supportive partners. P.J. Pacifico is grateful for the woman who’s stuck by him for the last 10 years, and on “As Soon as I Can,” the country-tinged pop-rock centerpiece of his third album, he thanks his wife for letting him pack up the car and chase his dreams. He probably got permission by playing her “Home With Me,” his heartfelt telling of their love story. Mrs. Pacifico must also realize her hubby could be huge. He’s part James Taylor, part Duncan Sheik, and on “New Song,” when he asks, “Mr. Radio, am I too friendly?” he already knows the answer: There’s no such thing.
iTunes Editorial Review
P.J. Pacifico writes bright folk and pop songs that explode with hooks in all the right spots. “Fold Up Your Heart” sounds like an Evan Dando song. It has the same straight-to-the-point arrangement that made the Lemonheads such perfect power-poppers. “Heads Up” traces the sensitive approach of Duncan Sheik all while retaining Pacifico’s own polished demeanor. Pacifico had worked hard on these tunes at home in Connecticut and married his long-time girlfriend. The acoustic backing of “Home With Me” makes for a mature folk-pop tune that explores his relationship in quick time. His joy is palpable throughout the album. “Lakeshore Drive” has a James Taylor vibe. “As Soon As I Can,” “Waiting” and “New Song” sound like songs birthed in coffee shops where everyone can react to each word. The immediacy and intimacy is real. These are songs to file and remember. They grow with each listen and likely remind listeners of events in their own lives.
Yahoo News syndicated Pacifico’s live performance and interview on ABC-TV News ‘Great Day Live’ in Louisville:
FOX TV News featured Pacifico during a tour stop in Birmingham:
The ABC-TV affiliate in Rochester, NY featured a lengthy interview and performance segment by Pacifico: http://www.13wham.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=2982251&navCatId=389-pacifico
THE CW NETWORK/WGN-TV live performance:
THE STAMFORD TIMES/NORWALK HOUR (CT)
P.J. Pacifico loves to come home to perform
By ERIK OFGANG - 08/11/2011 http://www.thestamfordtimes.com/story/509540
BLOGTALK RADIO - iTunes Podcast - Lengthy interview segment –
Pacifico also received favorable reviews and/or previews via:
WESTPORT NEWS preview with color photo:
Louisville CD review: http://live-old-louisville-coffeehouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/p_19.html
MUSIC REMEDY – Single review of ‘Lakeshore Drive’:
REELZINE – review/preview: http://reelzine.blogspot.com/search?q=pacifico
STOWE TODAY – preview:
In other news, P.J. Pacifico made a late-2011 appearance on WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, and recently was featured via song placements on both NBC-TV’s National PGA television broadcasts and via SPIKE TV's "Coal: The Economy Of Coal" TV program.
P.J. Pacifico on FOX6 News at Noon – Interview and Performance
P.J. Pacifico connects to fans through his music By Scott Gargan, June 28, 2011
Also ran here: http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/P-J-Pacifico-connects-to-fans-through-his-music-1444427.php
CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE Concert Preview
The love of his life inspires Pacifico's latest CD
By Karen Kovacs Dydzuhn, June 22, 2011
Also ran here:
BLOGCRITICS – CD REVIEW
By Jack Goodstein 5/4/11
Seattle PI: http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/Music-Review-P-J-Pacifico-Outlet-1365364.php
WILDYSWORLD – 4-Star CD Review By Wildy Haskell, May 23, 2011 http://wildysworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/pj-pacifico-outlet.html
SomethingElseReviews – ‘Sneak Peek Track’
By Nick DeRiso, May 4, 2011
http://somethingelsereviews.com/2011/05/04/something-else-sneak-peek-p-j-pacifico-waiting-2011/ Also syndicated via All About Jazz and elsewhere: http://www2.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=80773
THE HARTFORD ADVOCATE
Ear Might: P.J. Pacifico Talks a New Record and an Old Habit By Dan Barry May 4, 2011
MELODIC.NET Interview feature
By Rickard Holmgren, May 19, 2011
THE RECORD-JOURNAL (CT)
By Jim Pasinski – May 6, 2011 - JP’s Music Blog
NORWALK CT – THE HOUR
May 5, 2011 http://www.thehour.com/story/504098
Each of the ten songs on ‘Outlet’ was written since Pacifico’s engagement (and subsequent marriage) to his long-time girlfriend, and several tracks pay homage to his new bride. Pacifico’s ‘ownership’ of the new material comes via months of live performances of the material prior to recording the album, as he embarked on an extended residency in Connecticut, often playing as many as four nights per week. Listen to a streaming sampler of the music, here:
The pedigree on ‘Outlet’ is evident as well: The album opens with two songs (the singles ‘Fold Up Your Heart’ and ‘Head’s Up’,) both produced by Grammy winner David O’Donnell (John Mayer, James Taylor). This pair of standout tracks also features producer Andy Abel on electric guitars, Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz) on bass and Brian Doherty (They Might Be Giants) on drums, with Pacifico on acoustic guitar and vocals. Other highlights include the haunting ‘Lakeshore Drive’, the Simon and Garfunkel-esque ‘New Song’ and ‘Home With Me,’ which condenses Pacifico’s decade-long relationship with his now-wife into 4:43 minutes.
More About P.J. Pacifico
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico’s sound has been described as “a jam session between James Taylor and Matthew Sweet,” with some classic rock influences thrown in for good measure. His songs feel immediately familiar and comfortable; straight from the heart and sure to get stuck in your head.
Pacifico tours on a regular basis – a series of solo and full band dates; both as a headliner and as an opening act for several certified legends. has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Wailers, The Low Anthem, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dar Williams, Guster, moe., Ryan Shaw, and Sean Kelly of The Samples.
‘Outlet’ is his third release, following his sophomore effort, “Always & Everywhere”, and his 2005 solo debut “Well I’ll Be”. His trademark brand of warm, inviting, hook-filled songs, the themes of love and survival, redemption and recovery, have endeared him to a growing number of fans from coast-to-coast. He aims for breakthrough success with ‘Outlet’.
visit - www.pjpacifico.com