THE PRIDE OF 'PROVIDENCE' Daltry, Michael Moore, Matt Rozzero, and Paul Williamson. [Photo by Jennifer Daltry]
Twenty songs for 20 years. Veteran local musician Chris Daltry came up with an ambitious idea to celebrate his 20 years as a Rhode Island resident, lured here by our vibrant, eclectic music community in 1993 when his band Purple Ivy Shadows passed through town. Daltry stayed and literally set up shop here (he and wife Jennifer own What Cheer Records + Vintage) and has continued writing and recording music with the ’Mericans. And while the quartet has been known to dust off some killer covers during live shows, Daltry & Co. dug deep for a set of covers from an array of Rhody locals past and present (from the Raindogs and Thee Hydrogen Terrors to Roz Raskin and Allysen Callery) titled A Tribute to Providence, which is available free of charge at themericans.bandcamp.com/album/a-tribute-to-providence.
Daltry kindly bumped up the release date to coincide with our 35th anniversary party next week, where the ’Mericans will perform a set of songs from A Tribute. And he provided liner notes for each song — a rich and insightful guide to some of the musical highlights of the last two-plus decades (and we sent a Q&A his way, too). Go get the record now and read along . . . .
PROVIDENCE PHOENIX 35th ANNIVERSARY PARTY with THE ’MERICANS + THE BIG NAZO BAND + MARK CUTLER & MEN OF GREAT COURAGE + THE EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION BAND | Thursday, November 21 @ 7 pm | Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St, Providence | FREE | themericans.com | facebook.com/mericanstributetoprovidence
SMALL FACTORY: “FOR WHEN YOU CANNOT LAND”
I moved to Providence because of Small Factory — that’s why their song kicks off A Tribute To Providence. In March of 1992 my old band Purple Ivy Shadows was invited to come up from Richmond, Virginia, to play a three-day indie pop/rock music festival organized by Small Factory’s Dave Auchenbach and local fanzine writer Ty Jesso. This festival was insane — among so much greatness, it included the first ever show by the band Belly, which was Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses’ new band. We loved Providence and felt its music scene was far and away better than any we knew of. We moved here in September of 1993 and I’m still here 20 years later. “For When You Cannot Land” is from Small Factory’s last album For If You Cannot Fly, which was released in 1994, and while Small Factory are long gone, their influence on me and the Providence scene are branded into its fabric. They went from indie pop to indie rock, got signed, got played on MTV, and then succumbed to the curse of the always wrong record industry, but they were DIY from the beginning, and that’s what I learned from them. I so very much appreciate Dave, Alex, and Phoebe for luring me here. I don’t think I’m the only one who thought they sounded better than ever at their recent reunion shows, so I hope it’s not the last time that we heard from Small Factory.
ROZ + THE RICE CAKES: “YELLOW FIELDS”
I met Roz Raskin when she was still in high school. My wife and I had rented a beach house from her folks through craigslist, so we stopped by to pick up the keys at their East Side house. Greeting me was her cool tie-die-wearing doctor (and musician) dad, who introduced us to his daughter Roz, who happened to be right there practicing on her keyboard. What are the chances that this high school girl would take the Providence music scene by storm just a little ways down the road? The Rice Cakes play such an awesome blend of insanely energetic prog-pop music. They deserve every bit of attention they’ve gotten. I can’t wait to see how far they go. “Yellow Fields” is one of their most pop songs. It’s also a really great one, and we really enjoyed covering it for A Tribute To Providence.