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Saturday, December 17, 2011

New Joe Gande review by Matthew Alexander of Free World Radio Telecasting

I just recently discovered an awesome new review by Matthew Alexander of Free World Radio Telecasting...

A huge thank you Matthew for all he does for indie artists from around the world!!


Music Review: Joe Gande

Posted on Dec 04, 2011 at 03:02 PM


According to Joe Gande's page, it appears that Joe writes & produces his own music. The imagery is only of himself, although in his videos there appears to be either a backup band, or a group of musicians that plays for him. Nevertheless, it's Joe that's in the spotlight, and certainly the focus is on him. The pictures are straight-forward, with little special effects. This seems to work, simple and effective. No punches pulled. Joe is the centerpiece of a wild and wide range of sound.

Joe Gande is listed under the "Rock/Hard Rock/Blues" category. I was immediately wowed by the vocal composition in the song, "25 Hours". His voice is reminiscent of a young Joe Cocker, yet maintains the blended poetic breeze of Trey Anastasio of Phish. His voice is moving, heart felt, and full of soul. Commanded from the start, the content of the vocals certainly matches the aura he presents. He is in complete control of tone & key, a true singer is every way.

The band is in total synch with Joe. Whether they or he writes the music, their performance is nothing but stellar. If the band is a studio hire, he's obviously spared no expense finding the top quality of musicianship. The movements in the songs rise & fall with the utmost quality. I find it hard to believe this guy isn't signed to a real label. Between the piano, horns, guitars and vocals, it's a total rainbow of music. Joe Gande is the modern representation of "Rock/Blues", and certainly could very well be the standard to hold others to.

To say anything negative about this act would be blasphemy. However, to place Joe Gande in the Hard Rock category may be an overstatement. Hard Rock is usually reserved for a bit heavier tunes, but in no way does this affect the true compositions of Joe Gande. The tune "Shelter Me" has a harder edge, but this feel is not consistent throughout the rest of his compositions, therefore placing him in the Hard Rock category may not be sufficient.

I find Joe Gande to be a top-rated musician, performer, and audio magician. To miss out on these tunes would surely be a loss. I was amazed at the overall sounds blasting from my Reverbnation tune player. If you haven't had an opportunity to listen, I'd say go to it right now. 

On his Reverb page, it states, "Music is supposed to make you feel." 

Joe has done that, and very much more...

Matthew Alexander

Free World Radio Telecasting

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Joe Gande feature by Cat Gregory of Cat Eyes Promotions

I recently received a wonderful feature/review by the awesome Cat Gregory of Cat Eyes Promotions...
She has it posted on her Myspace page...
I posted the feature here the best that I could...
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I can't thank you enough Cat!:)
Hope you all enjoy it!:)

I would like to introduce my next featured artist…Joe Gande from New York City. I am featuring the amazing guitar solo in Circa ’73, and the song Brighter Day that reminds us that no matter what goes on in our lives and around the world….it gives hope of brighter days ahead.

Joe officially released The Godsend Sessions on May 16, 2010. The CD was written, arranged & produced by Joe and the CD was mastered by the grammy award winning Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC. Joe can do it all…he performed all the vocals, all background vocals, all harmonies, all guitars, piano, keys, and conga drum. The CD also features Neal A. Ostberg: Bass, Kevin Bregande: Drums, Craig Shrawder: Keys, and James B. Gately III: Hammond B3, Glockenspiel, and Bongos.

Click image to purchase The Godsend Sessions

A few quotes from paints the picture of who Joe is…..“Singing, writing, arranging, producing, playing guitar, bass and keys-all without ever taking a formal musical lesson in his life. A prolific songwriter and self-taught guitarist with an ear for melody since a young age, the music just comes into his head. From arranging horn charts, drum fills and grooves, scoring beautiful lush string sections and vocal harmonies, to bangin'out some funky piano…” ---author unknown

"...a sound that can only be described as "New York" ---Dave Jackson, The Musicians Cybercooler

There are many reviews on Joe and in all the reviews I read, the same words kept popping up….PASSION & New York!

Joe’s style ranges from jazzy to bluesy to funky to psychedelic…but all the time rockin!

Joe has played regularly in the NYC club scene throughout the years and although there are no shows scheduled right now, be sure to keep watching for shows to be added!


Joe not only puts out a good vibe with his music but also from his selfless acts of helping others. Quote from Joe…”I love animals and always help out with all kinds of organizations for them” Joe helps raise money through sponsors on Socialvibe…”right now I’m involved with raising money for the NYC foodbank through a cool promo. People can now download my songs free at and the proceeds from the website and sponsors go to a charity of your choice! Very cool concept…”

The photos and quotes tell the story….of a self-taught musician who puts his heart and soul into his music. Drop by Joe Gande’s MySpace page and his website at Joe for more music and information. Enjoy the video below as Joe walks the streets of NYC to the sounds of his beautiful song…Can’t See My Life.

The video below gives you a peek of what you will experience in a live show.

Joe is all New York but he is balanced with a softer side where he has another passion….cooking. Must be his Italian roots and his mama’s influence coming out when it comes to pasta! He is currently writing a cook book that will be available soon.


In writing this feature I have gotten to know Joe a little better and I find him to be a beautiful, caring person on the inside and out. He is driven, down-to-earth, incredibly talented, and seems to be successful in everything he pursues. Joe is also working on a new project with a DVD in the works so keep watching for that!

To sum it up…Joe has a fun-loving passion for life!

Cat Gregory

Cat Eyes Promotions

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup!

I love soup! ;)
Anytime of year really...but especially on a cold, cozy, Fall or Winter's night!
This is my homemade Butternut Squash Soup...with ham and fresh ground nutmeg and crostini...
Just sautee a potato, some garliic and onion in a little bit of olive oil...add a bit of chicken stock...
Slice up two Butternut Squash in halves(long ways)
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet(use a little olive oil or cooking spray like Pam) face down and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour...
When cooked scoop out squash and combine with potato/onion mixture and about 3 cups of chicken broth in a big pot...Add salt and pepper and ground nutmeg to taste...a little bit of cream(about half a cup).You can use milk if need be...and a little butter...
Use an immersion blender to blend and puree...and then cook on medium heat about a half an hour...done!!:) Toast or grill some Italian bread...buttered with a little garlic powder and parsley...
To add a special touch...slice up some ham or prosciutto...whatever you like or may have on hand and add to the center of the bowl and sprinkle some chopped chives on top if you have them...and a sprinkle of white pepper and some fresh ground black pepper....serve! :)
This soup is delicious on it's own ...but the smokieness of the ham, offsets the natural sweetness of the squash and is delicious!! ;)
Mangiare bene!! ;)

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