Angelo M.

Angelo M.

 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
SoloAmericanaBlues

Reviews hail this steelworker turned touring artist; master guitarist & award-winning songwriter: a "Brilliant Guitarist" w/ an "Excellent Voice”. A favorite at festivals & listening rooms Angelo M.'s gotten standing ovations around the country. Roots enriched Folk/Blues i.e. Chris Smither / Keb Mo.

Biography

"ANGELO M. MADE OUR JAWS DROP When He Sat Down & Blistered the Frets...." - Acoustic Live in NYC - Richard Cuccaro (NY)

"A GIFTED MUSICIAN with incredible dexterity... After his POWERFUL PERFORMANCE, many people were asking where and when they could see him again." - Blues News - Kalamazoo Blues Festival Review by Tim Richards (MI)

"A REAL CROWD PLEASER! Angelo M. went immediately to our 'Bring Back for a Return Visit' list." Grady Ormsby - Booking Manager DownEast Folk Arts Society." (NC)

BIOGRAPHY: After a mill bankruptcy that cost him his pension, Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) made the unlikely transition from steelworker to touring artist and hasn’t looked back. He’s a multi-award winning songwriter and master fingerstyle & slide guitarist with a blues bent in the vein of Chris Smither and a witty sense of humor likened to Steve Goodman. After two successful self released albums and having his music featured in a PBS TV Series, this roots enriched folk artist got Nashville's attention... and in 2012 released his label debut, "From Steel to Strings”. Featuring16 original tracks that showcase Angelo and all his assets the album is getting rave rewiews and airplay in the US and abroad. "...This record is a triumph in the Roots, Blues and Americana categories". - C. Bret Campbell _Middle Tennessee.

He's a humble blue collar man from a Pennsylvania steel town, but there’s nothing understated about the talent of this bluesy virtuoso fingerstyle player and award winning songwriter(Gold/1st Place Winner Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, 3rd Place Billboard World Song Contest n more). Armed with a six string, Dobro & harp, he’s down and dirty, no holds barred – an authentic link in the American Roots chain as a singer, player and songwriter. With influences including Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, Chet Atkins, Duane Allman and Leo Kottke, reviews hail Angelo M. a “Brilliant Guitarist” with an “Excellent Voice” and call his performance “Powerful”.

More than once selected as the only solo act for a main stage performance Angelo M. is a favorite at festivals. He's received a standing ovation at the Johnstown (PA) Folk Fest, was deemed “One of the Highlights” at the Kalamazoo (MI) Blues Festival and was selected from over five hundred artists to perform at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY) Emerging Artist Showcase. Also a hit at more intimate style Listening Room venues…Angelo M.’s been honored with standing ovations while on tour around the country including: Artichoke Music in Portland( OR), Tidewater Friends of Folk Concert Series (VA), Down East Folk Arts Society (NC), The Hard Luck Café (NY) and more. Though, Angelo M. typically performs as a solo artist; he's also available with his band, The Angelo M. Trio. In 2012 The Angelo M. Trio received a very warm welcome in the Big Apple being called back to do an encore at NYC's River to River Festival part of Pastures of Plenty a Woody Guthrie Tribute featuring some of the Country's best performing songwriters. Along with Angelo on acoustic guitars, the Trio features the sought after Oz Christ on drums and the versatile Shawn Gallagher on bass and backing vocals; both musician's perform on Angelo's latest release "From Steel to Strings".

AWARDS:
- Gold Winner Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - 1st Place in Blues: 2011
- Billboard World Song Contest Winner- " 3rd place Blues Category selected from thousands of entries: 2010
- Mid-Atlantic Song Contest Mary Cliff 3rd place Overall -All Genres: 2011
- Billboard World Song Contest x 2 Honorable Mentions: 2010
- Billboard World Song Contest - Honorable Mention: 2007
- Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist -1500 entries: 2006

TV:
- 2012 Film Placement "Lost" - Indie Feature currently in production.
- National PBS TV Series, Roadtrip Nation 09/10 Season
- National PBS TV Series, Roadtrip Nation 06/07 Season
- PBS Ch 39's New Magazine, Tempo - Features story on Angelo M.

RADIO:
- APD: AAA/Americana "From Steel to Strings" #11 for July & August 2012
- APD: Top Albums All Genres "From Steel to Strings" #48 for July & August 2012 ( also reached #1 in early July).
- FolkDJ Top Songs List #4 -Sept 09
- FolkDJ Top Album List Steelwork #23 - Sept 09
- River City Folk w/ Host Tom May (syndicated radio - NPR & XM Satellite) hour long interview & performance show (2 appearances)
- Live Performance Philadelphia's WXPN - The Folk Show w/ Host Gene Shay

Lyrics

Thirty Years

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

Had a real good job I was workin’ real hard
bought a great big house with a great big yard
didn’t save much money I didn’t have much time
I thought I’d be happy I thought I’d be fine

I was doin’ all right doin’ it all wrong
I was doin’ it all thirty years too long

thirty years too long that’s half of my life
I couldn’t keep the house I didn’t want the wife had to leave that job everything went wrong
why did I wait thirty years too long

I was doin’ all right doin’ it all wrong
I was doin’ it all thirty years too long

now I’m not too young, but I’m not too old
and things didn’t work out like I was told
I’m gonna take another chance
gonna make a new start
for the next thirty years I’m gonna follow my heart

Now I got the time I still got the kids
Though I may not have what I thought I did
And if it’s not too late I’m gonna play my song
why did I wait thirty years too long

I was doin’ alright doin’ it all wrong
I was doin’ it all thirty years too long

doin’ alright doin’ it all wrong
just doin it all thirty years too long
thirty years too long and that’s way too long

Lost

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

Am I wastin my time
am I loosing my way
I don’t know where to turn
I don’t know what to say

lookin back on my live
is it nearing the end
all the treasures I found
seem so lost once again

all the places I’ve seen
people I’ve known
seem so far behind
and the children have grown

hope they’ll all be O.K.
and especially you
maybe some day,
I can be O.K. Too

Far From Home

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

Hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm

Far From my Home
Far From my Home

Going where my souls tryin’ to tell me to go I’m out on the road well on my way I’ll be on the west coast in two or three days

Hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm

Well I blew by Chicago out across the plains right through the cascades going down to Coos Bay

Far From my Home that’s where I’ll be for just as long as my soul stays with me

Hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm

Now I’m high on a hill with the Ocean below
Just need to see what I already know

After awhile I’ll find my way home But I don’t reall know that my soul wants to go

Hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm

Half The Time

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

now that woman and me we had our days
she was not that bad in many ways
back and forth in and out
and I must admit I had my doubts
now some was bad and some was good
And it winded up like I knew it would
She treated me just fine about half the time

We had our fun and we our fights
We had real bad days and real good nights
Sometimes we could joke and laugh but something went wrong with the other half
Now I ain’t knocking all the time we spent
but I need a little more than fifty percent
she felt like she was mine about half the time

bridge/instrumental

if I had to do it all again
I’d rather have nine out of ten
more good times and less harsh words
at least for maybe two damn thirds
I don’t care how long it takes
I’m gonna find me something in a seven eights
I miss that girl of mine about half the time.

All That Runnin'

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

you’re out runnin' here and there
you’re out runnin' everywhere
as long as you're out runnin' you don't care

you're out runnin' day and night
out runnin' all the time
I guess you think that runnin' suits you fine
well then tell me what you think you’re gonna
do when all that runnin catches up to you

you’re out runnin' after this
you’re out runnin' after that
man you got that runnin' thing down pat
out there havin fun while you’re out there on the run
well don’t you wonder what you’re runnin from
tell me what you think you're gonna do
when all that runnin catches up and it catches up to you?

Bridge/Instrumental

there's rumors on the town
you're still out runnin' round
but, I don't think you'll let that slow you down
and I hate to wreck your fun
while you're out there on the run
but, someday all that runnin' will be done

and then tell me what think you're gonna do
when all that runnin' catches up, it catches up to you?

then tell me what think you're gonna do
when all that runnin' catches up and it catches up to you?

Never be the Same

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

her friends think she’s lonesome, her friends know she’s blue and they know it may take sometime,till she gets over you and it may seem crazy, to let you get away but it would surly be insanity, to try and let you stay

cuz it’ll never be the same, no it won’t ever be the same after watching all you have go down the drain traded in her love and trust for cheap love and cocaine ain't no way it’ll ever be the same

sometimes she gets to wondering, wondering if you she could try again in twice the pain, in a love not half as good and she may be lonely, and lonely she’ll remain cuz she’d rather live in the loneliness then wondering in pain

cuz it’ll never be the same, no it won’t ever be the same after watching all you have go down the drain traded in her love and trust for misery and pain there ain’t no way it’ll ever be the same

the years have come and gone now, time has healed her soul now she holds the hand of a lovin man, together they grow old and somewhere far away, an old lover tired and sad sits in a self inflicted loneliness and a memory of what he had

cuz it’ll never be the same, no it won’t ever be the same after watching all your work go down the drain traded in her love and trust, now he’s the one in pain there ain’t no way it’ll ever be the same now they both know it’ll never be the same

Every Kind of Blues

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

hard luck, worried life, broken down, damn right
lazy and crazy guess I ain't got nothin' to loose,
I got every kind of blues

come and go so fast, gave me no warnin’
couldn't even wait till I work up this mornin'
bad news, I got every kind of blues

walkin', talkin', standin' at the cross roads
lonesome road, west coast, nothin' else
I can do, I got every kind of blues

love sick, homesick, got em both real quick
woman went to Memphis now even the
thrills gone too, I got every kind of blues

it happened on a stormy Monday
Tuesday was just as bad
by Wednesday I could tell you about all those blues I had

hometown got me down, Uncle Sam came around
fightin' for the Country think I saw it on the evening news
I got every kind of blues

goin' to Chicago, how long, don't know,
maybe California with the San Francisco Bay in view
I got every kind of blues

happened on a stormy Monday
by Tuesday there was no doubt
ain't nobody Love ya when your down and out

eagle gonna fly on Friday
he got nothin' for me this time
won't somebody lone me one thin dime.

big river, red river, light rain make me shiver
catfish jumpin' went fishin' caught a big ol shoe
I got every kind of blues

tombstone, chaperone, hit me in the funny bone goodbye
Charlie got nothing left to say to you
I got every kind of blues

nothin' I can do
I got every kind of blues

That Train

Written By: Angelo M. (Angelo Melasecca)

hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

don’t know what to do right now
where to go from here
I got off that train ten years ago
I just don’t want to be here no more
just don’t want to be here
that woman she left me all alone
that woman she done me wrong
I should have kept on movin’ on down the line
thinking I stayed to long Lord
thinkin I stayed too long

I want to be hmm hmm hmm hmm
headin down the railroad track
hmm hmm hmm hmm my train ain’t coming back
hmm hmm hmm hmm
headin down the railroad track
hmm hmm hmm hmm train ain’t comin back

don’t know where I’ll find myself
or where I’ll settle down
but I’m taking the next train out of here
better than hanging around this town
it’s better than hanging around
well that woman she left me all alone
that woman she done me wrong
I should have kept on rollin ten years ago
thinking I stayed to long Lord,
thinkin I stayed too long

I want to be hmm hmm hmm hmm
headin down the railroad track
hmm hmm hmm hmm
my train ain’t coming back
hmm hmm hmm hmm
headin down the railroad track
hmm hmm hmm hmm
my train aint coming back

Bridge instrumental

I’m catching the next train out of here
taking the next ride south
I’m gonna ride that train that road me in
letting it ride me out oh Lord,
letting it ride me out
well that woman she left me all alone
woman she done me wrong

I should have kept on rollin on down the line
thinking I stayed too long Lord
I know I stayed too long

I’m wanna be hmm hmm hmm hmm
headin down the railroad track
hmm hmm hmm hmm my train ain’t coming back
hmm hmm hmm hmm headin down the railroad track
hmm hmm hmm hmm my train ain’t coming back

Discography

- From Steel to Strings (2012)
Label Debut, Creative and Dreams Music Newtork, Nashville, TN

- STEELWORK - (2009) Self Release
All Music & Lyrics by Angelo M. except Come And Go Blues by Gregg Allman - out of print

- FAR FROM HOME - (2005) Self Release
All Music & Lyrics by Angelo M. - out of print

Set List

Standard 30, 45, 60, 90 minutes

SOLO: Angelo is a great fit at festivals (including both Folk & Blues Fest) as well as, listening rooms and he tailors his set accordingly. Angelo M. can fill the headliner bill with all original material; though, he likes to throw in a few select covers arranged with a fingerprint all his own. During his performances Angelo M. plays 6 & 12 String guitar, Dobro and harmonica. You can expect to hear an acoustic mix of award winning songs presented by a seasoned performer and master fingerstyle & slide guitarist with a witty sense of humor.

FESTIVAL REVIEWS call Angelo M.'s performance "Powerful" & "One of the Highlights"; he received a standing ovation at the Johnstown FolkFest and on more than one occasion was the only solo act selected to perform main stage at band dominated Blues Festivals, and with good reason.... At one Blues Fest sandwiched in the lineup between The Nighthawks and the headliner Shemekia Copeland and her band, Angelo