Joy and the Boy
Joy and the Boy are singer/songwriter Joy Dragland, and musician/producer Leo Sidran. Leo and Joy met on the jazz scene in Madison, Wisconsin in 2000, playing at jam sessions and occasional gigs together, but it would take a single defining event to kickstart their collaborative efforts. In October of 2000 they were invited to perform at a political rally at the State Capitol in Madison in front of 30,000 people. This was their first performance as a duo, and they realized sometime during that performance that they shared a deep musical connection. Both Joy and Leo are singer songwriters with diverse musical backgrounds. Joy was raised on folk, gospel and country music before she embraced jazz and soul music. Leo was fed a diet of jazz and r&b as a child, and later came to include more folk elements into his music. ..Joy Dragland started singing when she was a young child. She inherited her talent from her father, who taught her about country music and gospel. Joy started out singing in small coffee shops in Wisconsin. While she was at the University of Wisconsin earning her degree in English literature, she honed her skills both as a jazz singer and as a songwriter. Her love of literature is evident in her lyrics and her approach to story telling. ..Leo Sidran was raised in a musical family as well. The son of jazz musician, producer Ben Sidran, Leo started writing songs at a young age. By the time he was 15 he had written and recorded for the Steve Miller Band and had started working on his first solo recording. Leo co-produced Jorge Drexler's 2005 Academy Award Winning song, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio". The duo recorded their first CD, Paradise during the in 2001. The critical response to Paradise was tremendous. It was first released in Europe with sparkling reviews, and the first single "Let's Get It On" debuted in the Top 40 pop radio charts in Spain. Their second album, Soaking Wet, was recorded in Madison in 2004, but would not be released until 2007 when it came out first in Japan and later in the states. In 2005, both Joy and Leo moved from Madison to New York. They are currently finishing up an EP of new material. You can hear a couple of those new songs right here.
The Reverend John DeLore
The Reverend John DeLore, lest you fear there is any religious undercurrent to my music, let me assure you that I play Americana-infused indie-ish rock (I was ordained online in a blitzkrieg of whiskey). Recognize by the DELI Magazine as one of New York's "best emerging artists" of 2011/2012. Relesased three albums in the last couple of years & will be releasing their fourth album this Fall. The Reverend John DeLore’s 2nd album was recognized as "brilliant" by New York Magazine's "Approval Matrix" (http://nymag.com/arts/all/approvalmatrix/approval-matrix-2011-6-13/ ). The band has opened for Eric Burdon & the Animals at Irving Plaza, the Gourds at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and we've played lots of other great venues in the city (Mercury Lounge, Rockwood, Bowery Electric...).