"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.