got a bunch of things in the works right now. (second album, a "zine", an american diamond recordings compilation) and a live-album from a session i did with the awesome peoples over at allston pudding in boston in march. it was while i was on tour with the lawsuits, and they were my band for the session. here is a peak with a song called, "Kill the Medicine Man":
the lawsuits and i venture south to nashville in May. stay tuned for dates.
happy to announce The Lawsuits and I will be embarking on a cosmic pummeling (tour) of the entire northeastern United States this March. honored that they will also be my band for this tour.
a handful of these dates are also with the very great Happiness The Band who you may recognize from Deer Tick and Ravi Shavi.
for those not intrigued by non-moving pictures here is a video of mundane tour promotional tasks to get you excited that also features a very unfulfilling snippet of one of the new songs on an upcoming release of mine....more soon.
got to caitlin's at 5pm and had this submitted by 7pm on the day of the deadline. good work caitlin mccann on video, dom billett on drums. this is a new unreleased song from a future album called "kill the medicine man".
P.S. got the masters for some new tracks today. i think it's the best thing i've done so far. excited to share, more on that and tour dates soon....in the meantime coming to the west coast 2/6-2/14.
Today Diffuser.fm premiered a new music video for a song called "Started a War" from an album called, "RONNY". My good friend, art sister, camera master Caitlin McCann of Dog Days Films shot and edited it and we co-directed it alongside my main woman and co-star Paige Fletcher with our collective sick minds. What's happening here is hopefully something very familiar if you've been in a relationship thing with another human. It is intended for laughter and "oh my god that's like SO US" kind of reactions. It is passive aggressive, i am not wearing pants and it's a day in the life of two lovers in an all too familiar ancient style quarrel. I sincerely hope you find discomfort while viewing and enjoy!
"This balance seems to be the grounding force behind Ronny: by blending bizarre humor with a unique and light take on familiar tropes, Gallo actually manages to instill fantastical yet all-too-relatable images in listeners’ heads. Like the many great artists who presumably influenced this Kentucky-raised songwriter – Dylan, Young, Nelson, and many familiar others – Gallo accomplishes the enviable feat of being hilarious and completely earnest at the same time.
Despite all of his irreverence, Gallo does not write music that alienates listeners. Granted, this album won’t be for everybody: Ronny won’t change your mind if you don’t already like traditional American music, and these songs don’t kickstart parties the way Toy Soldiers might. But for the initiated who wait all year for folk festivals, Gallo’s artistic evolution is worth a tremendous amount of your attention."
In a major attempt to eventually be reborn as skyscraper I am naturally drawn to little baby guitars. Then one day, my friend Joe Fletcher introduced me to a little company out of San Francisco called The Loar. Then all of the sudden, Baader-Meinhoff phenomenon kicked in and I started seeing this babes everywhere. Beautiful small body acoustic guitars that sounded like boardsliding on a rainbow. Just now they have welcomed me into their family and I couldn't be more excited! Some good brothers I have over there too: Joe Fletcher, Joshua Black Wilkins, Justin Townes Earle, Shakey Graves and more!
"CHECK IT OUT!" - Steve Brule
My good friend Brian Strouse is one magical, lovable, naturally comical weirdo who has written some of my favorite songs in recent years and I am fortunate enough to know him. He is the brainchild and leader of one of the finest bands around, The Lawsuits. In October they released a brilliant record called "Cool Cool Cool" and this song is on it and I love this song that is on it and so i did a version of it for Root Down in the Shadow's "Cover Club". If the original is the kiss scene in the Notebook where they run at each other on the dock then this is the scene where he builds the house. I don't know what that means. Enjoy.