I started working with Ludlow Station in November of 2004, although I have seen them grow since
doing high school talent shows and playing the legendary CBGB's before they could drive, back in
the 90's. Ludlow Station is the result of the former band Racecar. The addition of Bill Tortoriello
playing bass and adding his bluesy vocals, resulted in an escalation in the success of Ludlow
Station. Ludlow has played all over NJ, NYC and up and down the East Coast. In November of
2005, Ludlow Station had its good fortunes come to an artistic peak when they shared a jam with
the legendary Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads) at our annual post
thanksgiving show. Just recently the band released it's first demo "The Stuby Sessions," and as a
result can be seen climbing the charts at garageband.com. Looking forward to the future, Ludlow
Station will continue to make its mark on the tri-state area, and hopes to soon make an impact on
the festival scene.
It is hard to describe the sound of Ludlow Station, but there is no question that it is a sound that is
all their own. The band features Mike Panella on the Hammond B-3 Organ and Rhodes Keyboard
adapting a style similar to the aforementioned Mr. Worrell. Handling guitar duties is Chris Rakow
who has a sound that soars beyond that of any of the conventional rock and blues clichés.
Everything that comes out of Chris's guitar is heavy on the funk and soul. On drums we have Steve
Farrell, a later addition to the lineup, but one that has become the glue that keeps the train rolling.
Drawing largely from a punk and hardcore background, Steve has grown into a very creative and
technical drummer drawing on beats from light jazz to hip hop and funk. Steve has really helped
the band develop their signature tempo changes and dynamic approach to the art of song. And
last but certainly not least is Bill Tortoriello who was the last member to join the band. Bill is no
stranger to the music scene, having performed with a multitude of bands, and even performing as
part of an ensemble in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and more. Bill's unique
bass stylings and vocal range have taken Ludlow Station to a new echelon. Bill has the amazing
ability to sing in the style of Greg Allman, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, or Al Green all in a given night,
and still not lose the passion of the song.
The band's strength comes from a dynamic surprising landscape of original songs with a heavy
dose of backwoods originality. The interplay between Rakow and Panella is not to be missed, and
something that has been in the making for over 10 years.
--Craig Metz, CRM Artist Management
Chris - guitar
Mike - Hammond Organ, Clavs, Rhodes
Steve - drums
Bill - Bass and lead vocals
Perry Andrews - mean saxophone
Stuby Sessions, 2006
1. Good Medicine
3. Funky Bitch (Son Seals)
4. Watch out for Bats
5. Late Bitch
--available for sale at crmartistmanagement.com
from 1 to 5 hour sets available. We are a mostly original band, but we also have an arsenal of covers that we have put our own flavor to. We play covers by the Allman Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Grateful Dead, and more.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.