Eva Cappelli and the Water Shops Band
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Eva Cappelli and the Water Shops Band


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"LiveWire Awards: 2009's Best Local Discs"

Eva Cappelli and The Watershops Band – “Valentine” - Cappelli turned a few trips to open mic nights into a burgeoning career as the leader of a pretty cool band. “Valentine” is a 10-song disc about love, unrequited and otherwise, that showcases not only her writing and singing talents, but also the talents of her assembled group of musicians known as The Watershops Band. The title track is the real highlight, a stirring torch song that anchors the disc. Find them at evacappelli.com - Donnie Moorhouse

"Eva Cappelli and the Watershops Band on stage on Saturday at the Elevens May 27, 2009, 3:14PM"

Like mother, like sons.
They're a family of musicians, and on Saturday night at The Elevens in Northampton, Eva Cappelli will perform onstage alongside her son, Josh Boyle.

Boyle's band called Robert American's Little Brother, whose title is a story of its own, will be out of town, so he'll be sitting in with his mother's band, Eva Cappelli and the Watershops Band.
Cappelli's other son Robert Ives, whose stage name is Robert American, was also scheduled to play at The Elevens with his family, but had to back out after losing his band's drummer.
"I may never be rich and famous, and I'm no 'American Idol'," said Cappelli, 57, "but I'm being myself."
Cappelli picked up her first guitar at age 14.
"My sisters all got piano and guitar lessons. They didn't want the lessons, I did, but by the time I came along there was nothing left for me," Cappelli said.
"So I stole my sister's guitar when she was at beauty school and learned to play on my own," she added.
After playing in different rock and roll bands when she was younger, Cappelli eventually found herself married with kids, "busy raising them and trying to survive," she said.
Now divorced, Cappelli said she never stopped writing.
"I go to bed with music in my head and I wake up in the morning with music in my head ... I'm writing constantly," Cappelli said.
"The writing helped me get through it all. Two really good friends came over to the house and heard the songs and made me perform them for an audience. And when I got feedback from them, I learned some were experiencing the same things and that I wasn't the only one going through this.....that the rest of the planet has the same problems, issues, feelings and emotions, and they thanked me for sharing my songs," Cappelli said.
The next step in getting back into her music came when Cappelli was at an open mic night last July.
She met Joseph Carvalho III, president and executive director of the Springfield Museums Association, who plays guitar in a group that includes bassist Steve Robillard, keyboardist Larry Dulong, drummer Jim Cote and fiddler Sam Barnes.
Someone told him to come down and see me and he came down and listened and told me I was what he'd been looking for ... and it was the best day of my life," said Cappelli about becoming a member of a band again.
The group plays folk, country, blues, jazz, punk and funk.
"I don't like to be locked into one genre, I write everything and our new drummer likes funk so I've been concentrating on writing some funk," Cappelli said.
Looking back over the year, the musician said when it came time to introduce her sons to music, she gave her older son, Robert Ives, piano lessons.
"He hated them, but I wanted him to learn music the right way since I didn't have that opportunity....and today he's an incredible musician who plays guitar, bass and drums," Cappelli said.
As for Boyle, he started his foray into music by writing.
"Josh is a fabulous lyricist and his stories are almost epic-like when you listen to them. He's also a fantastic drummer and plays guitar....he picked it up the same way I did," Cappelli said.
But while Boyle, 30, has his mother to thank for some of his talent, he's quick to credit his brother, too.
"I guess I got most of my influence by listening to my big brother, Robert, who I thought was cool, and that's where I got the name Robert American's Little Brother for my band," Boyle said about his 36-year-old bigger brother.
"But I did like listening to my mom's old records like Tom Waits, and when I was a kid I helped her to deejay at weddings," he added.
Boyle's first band was called Gridlock.

"It was an old hardcore band. A lot of what I play today is doo-wop music with a harder edge to it ... and there's some fire and brimstone preachy stuff," he said.

Cappelli said she expects to take the stage at 9 p.m. and be joined later by her son.
"Josh comes over to the house a lot and he brings his new songs and we run through them and do harmonies together, and I run my songs by him, and its kind of nice," Cappelli said. "It's a nice time in my life to have a son to write and play with, it's just like the icing on the cake for me, there's nothing better in life."

Event: Eva Cappelli and the Watershops Band
When: Today, 8 p.m.
Where: The Elevens, Northampton
Cost: $5
For more info: Call (413) 586-9155 or online www.elevensmusic.com - By KEITH J. O'CONNOR


Our first and second CD release parties were both very successful at PACE in Easthampton. Both shows were sold out standing room only. Since then our second CD (Valentine) won best of 2009 on the Mass Live wire awards. We also recently were nominated best singer song writer and best Blues Band, which we won on the 411 source that covers the Western MA, Berkshires and upstate N.Y. areas. We are currently getting air play in Berkshire county and Albany NY. Western MA and Cape Cod. We recently put out a live performance CD and a DVD that came out in March 2010. We have had live air play on WMUA in Amherst MA and did a live performance in the studio. We are currently working on a new CD at the present time You can hear and purchase our music and we can be reached at



This band formed in 2008. We all met through open mics and mutual friends and have become a very close family. We are all seasoned professional musicians.
Our music is an eclectic combination of rock, blues, jazz, alternative country and folk music with a few other influences such as a British rock, Celtic sound as well as some Latin flavor. We are not opposed to any genres and like to blend it all. We have been told that we do not sound like any other band although people can hear many influences from Bob Dylan, Roxy Music,John Lennon, Billy Holiday, Patsy Cline just to name a few. We can guarantee after hearing our music you will walk away with a new perspective on music.
Most of my songs come from my heart with hope of a brighter day, others are very light and comical.
Some of our influences are: Bonnie Raitt – Lucinda Williams – Billy Holiday – Koko Taylor – Elvis – Fred Eaglesmith – John Hiatt – John Prine – Johnny Cash – Willy Nelson- Neil Young – Otis Redding – Patsy Cline – Sam Cook- Townes Van Zandt -John Lennon – The Hollies and the Byrds- Roy Orbison and the list of old blues and old country artists is endless.
We are a 6 piece band that can break down into several different formations. We can do acoustic small venues with 2,3,4 or 5 pieces up to the full sounding hard rocking band. This makes us very unique as we can fit into any venue and appeal to every type of audience from 1yr olds to 100.