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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Disclosure at The Fillmore, Ron Gallo at Kung Fu Necktie

Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com
Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com

Tonight Howard and Guy Lawrence bring Disclosure back to Philadelphia for a two-night stand at The Fillmore. The band released its sophomore album Caracal last month, and it features a solid slate of collaborations with pop vocalists from Lorde and Sam Smith to The Weeknd and Miguel. Tickets and more information on tonight and tomorrow’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Holding On” featuring Gregory Porter below. Continue reading →