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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 →

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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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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 →

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Ron Gallo previews new LP with “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me”

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Ron Gallo | photo courtesy of the artist

Before he moved to Nashville Ron Gallo promised us new music, and new music is what we have today. “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” the first offering from Gallo’s forthcoming Heavy Meta LP, is a crunchy garage-blues song that takes the former Philadelphia resident’s country roots in a darker direction. The video features a deadpan Gallo singing the song in a basement while background visuals trace the lyrical story. Watch the clip below and read more about Gallo’s plans for his new home here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Darlingside at MilkBoy and The Arcs at The Fillmore

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic

Former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo is a Philadelphian through and through, and that will not change even as he is set to head south to live in the bustling music town of Nashville, TN. You can say goodbye to the fuzz-rocker tonight at Boot & Saddle alongside old friends and former Toy Soldiers band-mates Matt Kelly and Dom Billet now of Coin Purse. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for details on the farewell show tonight. Continue reading →

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Exit Interview: Ron Gallo on packing up for Nashville

Ron Gallo | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ron Gallo | Photo courtesy of the artist

I first met Ron Gallo in 2008 when his then-duo Toy Soldiers was making a lot of noise on the Temple house show scene. The band consisted of him backed by drummer Mike Baurer, and their rough-hewn bluesy grit and taut minimalism – best exemplified by a set of demos posted on their MySpace page called It Is What It Is. Is It What It Is? – reminded me a hell of a lot of The Black Keys. Carney and Auerbach were still a duo at that point too. Things change, bands evolve, the big wheel keeps on turning.

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