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Island Park, New York, United States | SELF

Island Park, New York, United States | SELF
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Lever's Blues welcomes Breakaway to our midst with their newest cd Live At The Viking. This Long Island, New York band will appeal to the traditional electric blues crowd as well as the die hard blues rockers. Breakaway is: Lou Carrollo - Guitar and Vocals Howie Haber - Guitar and Vocals Evan Davis - Harp and Vocals Dustin Hickey - Bass A. Michael Canon - Drums and Vocals The cd opens with a nice slow tempo number called Everybody's Talkin' that is pure blues and rhythm. Wonderful guitar riffs float over the solid rhythm section. The next tune is a shuffle rhythm called Crescent Street Blues, and gives us a taste of the great harpwork to follow. They pick up the tempo a bit for Down The Line. This song is pure blues rock and continues their trend of playing only what fits at a given time instead of overdoing it with flash. The solos are awesome and made me remember some great Jimmy Page solos. The band is joined by Patty Haber on background vocals for Get Out And Love Somebody. A slow number featuring excellent guitar riffs. The band members are introduced in track 5. Track 6 is Look Around, a mid tempo number with a beat that gets your feet tapping and some very good harp playing by Evan Davis. Track 7 is The Bottle: A rockin number with shades of Hendrix evident. The cd comes to a close with Gambling Man On A Killing Floor, the only song which is not an original composition. A nice shuffle in true blues fashion. - Lever's Blues


"Roaring along the tracks of the LI blues scene, newcomers Breakaway have produced a highly tasty release that really covers the bases. From an outstanding acoustic intro to "Driving With My Lights Off", the stage is set for a tasteful voyage in rocking blues. They have taken a rock and roll quartet and created a diverse blues band. Howie and Lou emote deeply on vocals although some of the lyrics tend to be a bit Byzantine in their wordiness.

The duo's guitars are always right where they need to be. They drive and push but, can lay back tasty and cool. The White legend, Evan Davis, blows harp soulful and deep.
The songwriting is moving. Songs like "Everybody's talking"' display great maturity in expression and development with dual guitar interplay and hard hitting singing. "If You Don't Know By Now" sweats slow blues with deep roots, "The Bottle" is a tale of desperation and pain, "Big Train" is steamrolling loco puffing high power guitaring, "Get Out and Love Somebody" is slow and anthemic, "Down the Line" is funk and roll a la Jeff Beck and the closer, Breakaway Pt. III stomps with some nice prog flavor. This is a solid platter that shouts out quality, diversity and speaks volumes of what's to come, too."

Mark (Doc Blues) Gresser

- Long Island Blues Society

"Mulcahy's became the house of Blues as Breakaway began their set. The five man unit turned heads immediately with opener "Look Around". Breakaway were perhaps the most seasoned and accomplished musicians in the line-up, as heavy Les Paul leads, sharp harmonica solos and three part harmonies put them someplace on the rock scale between Led Zeppelin and The Band"

Good Times Magazine, December 2004
- Good Times Magazine, Dec. 2004


Breakaway Live at the Viking 2005
Breakaway Live at LI Blues Warehouse - 2007
Breakaway Live at LI Blues Warehouse - 2009



Breakaway has played numerous festivals and Venue’s including BB Kings - NYC, The Riverhead Blues Festival, Warwick Valley Winery Blues Festival, Cedar Beach Blues Festival and The Soul of the Blues Festival in Greenwich Village. They have graced the cover of Goodtimes Magazine, been featured in Martin Guitar Magazine, and have shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Albert Castiglia, Nicole Hart, Alexis P. Suter and many more. Breakaway were Finalist’s in the 2005 Long Island Music Festival, 2008 LIBS Blues Challenge, 2009 NYNJ Blues and Jazz Challenge and Duo Finalists in The 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN where over 200 bands competed.

Called one of the more "progressive bands" on Long Island, Breakaway's "heavy Les Paul leads, sharp harmonica solos and three part harmonies put them someplace on the rock scale between Led Zeppelin and The Band" - Goodtimes Mag.

Full band or Acoustic Duo original music is what Breakaway is about.