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Free at Noon Flashback: Ron Gallo brings his raw power and character to the World Cafe Live stage

Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Man, this Ron Gallo guy, he’s something special. His eloquent lyricism, blues-like guitar riffs, and overall raw attitude defines him as his own, and it all came into full effect as he took the World Cafe Live stage for a round of pure rock and roll.

Gallo’s return trip to XPN found him performing material from his soon-to-be-released record Heavy Meta, along with some of his past discography. Matching the manic nature of all those damn stage lights, Gallo and friends flowed through fifty minutes of some fantastic garage rock, as songs like “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” and “Kill the Medicine Man” felt like a White Stripes and Costello Music baby. Continue reading →

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Ron Gallo wants you to try airijuana in new “Kill the Medicine Man” video

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Ron Gallo | photo by Tim Duggan

While we’re gearing up to welcome Ron Gallo back to Philly for a Free at Noon concert later this week, Gallo is gearing up to release his new Heavy Meta LP on February 3rd. The Nashville-via-Philadelphia bandleader has been dropping preview tracks left and right over the last few months and this week shared a video for album cut “Kill the Medicine Man.”

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Ron Gallo disrupted Nashville traffic for his one-take “Please Yourself” video

Ron Gallo | still from video
Ron Gallo | still from video

Wordy garage rocker Ron Gallo has a new album coming out this February 3rd. It’s called Heavy Meta, and if drivers in downtown Nashville had known that, they might have been more prepared for Gallo’s latest antics. It makes for better entertainment that they weren’t, but if you don’t want to take my word for it, stream the new video for “Please Yourself” below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ron Gallo

If we’ve learned anything watching Philly-bred songsmith Ron Gallo for the better part of the past decade, it’s this: dude can do it all. Propulsive electric blues? Check. Sprawling big-band Americana? Check. Jangling global pop? Check. Leon Redbone-esque roots folk excursions? Check.

After logging innumerable Philly hours as leader of Toy Soldiers, a solo artist, a variety show promoter and sometimes comedian, Gallo skipped town late last year for a new start in Nashville, which suits his current musical interests quite well. Sure, it’s the capital of twang, and Gallo’s back-catalog has twang in spades. But the city has experienced a massive garage-punk resurgence in the past decade, from JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet and The Ettes to Jack White making the city the home base of his Third Man Records.

Gallo’s new Heavy Meta LP fits right into that zeitgeist, with propulsive riffs, hair-raising howls and a fierce power trio configuration: Joe Bisirri on bass, Dylan Sevey on drums, all three chipping in on vocals. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Ron Gallo leads a wedding band in “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” signs to New West Records

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Ron Gallo | photo by Tim Duggan

As we inch closer to the release of Ron Gallo‘s Heavy Meta LP, the Philadelphia-turned-Nashville musician has a few updates for us. First, a biggie – he’s the newest addition to the New West Records roster (home to Sara Watkins, John Hiatt, Steve Earl, the list goes on…), and they’ll release Meta on February 3rd, 2017. To go along with the announcement Gallo, who used to lead the beloved Toy Soldiers crew, has shared a new video for album single “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Johnny Brenda’s, Soul Asylum at The Trocadero, DJ Cash Money at TLA

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Ron Gallo | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

If you don’t know former Toy Soldiers frontman or recognize the distinct large hairdo then let us introduce you to Ron Gallo, the old school rocker who’s playing Johnny Brenda’s this evening. Reminiscent of some of rock’s greatest guitarists and reviving the sounds of music’s past, Gallo does an awesome job breathing new life into the musical styles that once dominated the airwaves. Check out Gallo’s new EP RG3 below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Ron Gallo talks confronting frustration, having fun in new video profile

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Ron Gallo | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly-bred, Nashville-based songwriter Ron Gallo is gearing up for the release of Heavy Meta, his latest solo LP. And while it should not be confused with the 2015 album of the same name by Cali death metal band Nekrogoblikon, by the sound of the tracks we’ve heard so far, it is a departure from his folk roots – this one’s shaping up to be a blistering rock and roll bruiser. Continue reading →