John Raido
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John Raido

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"Review- Turning 'Round"

A really flavorsome 10 song serving of sweetly thoughtful and delicately dulcet country and western music. The drawling vocals project plenty of folksy downhome charm while the gently harmonic arrangements are quite tasty and tuneful throughout. The temps crawl along at a spellbindingly slow rate, gradually ebbing and flowing to a nicely lulling rhythmic push’n’pull momentum. From the bluesy’n’woozy high lonesome sorrowfulness of such touchingly forlorn tracks as “That’s All Right,” “Blind,” and “Like,” to the stirring up-tempo Southern rock swing of “Everybody’s Feeling Fine” and “I Was Wrong,” there’s more than enough good stuff here to make this baby well worth listening to. 
- Joe Wawyrzniak, Jersey Beat
- Jersey Beat

"Review- Turning 'Round"

This is an album for country driving, an album for sitting on your porch and relaxing, an album for dancin' with your gal...this is an album. They're are plenty of good CDs these days, but very few real albums with a nice ebb, a flow of upbeat country-rock numbers like "That's All Right," "Everybody's Feeling Fine," and "I Was Wrong," intertwined with ballads like "Blue," "Like," and the title track, "Turning 'Round." This is an album.

Boxcar Nancy is led by John Raido (whose debut album "See You Next Tuesday" was another brilliant, although much more melancholy CD,) along with Phil Ippolito on bass, John Burke on drums and moonlighting from his own band, the Subterraneans, Rik Mercaldi on steel guitar and lead guitar. Together (along with some guests, among them, Jim Testa,) these guys have put out an album that sounds fresh and new, and like an old friend at the same time.

This is a definite keeper.

"Review- See You Next Tuesday"

"Fans of Neil Young's quieter, folkier moments like Comes A Time will find plenty that's both familiar and warmly engaging on See You Next Tuesday. John Raido's lyrics and melodies are always simple, yet both clever and catchy, and his bluesy harmonica adds just the right touch. These ten songs fly by like an EP, leaving you humming what you've heard and wanting more."
-Jim Testa, Jersey Beat
- Jersey Beat


John Raido- See You Next Tuesday (singer-songwriter)
Boxcar Nancy- Turning 'Round (singer-songwriter)
Brian Bellew- Love And Fear and Hoboken Death Grid (bass player)
Better Off Dead- Self-titled (bass player)



“There are no second acts in American lives,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. But he never reckoned with John Raido.

After a decade of working every gin joint in New Jersey as a journeyman rock ‘n’ roll sideman, John Raido introduced himself to the public with the melancholy See You Next Tuesday. It was followed by the far more accomplished and eclectic Turnin’ Round, which saw singer/songwriter Raido stepping out as frontman of the band Boxcar Nancy. The group’s playful blend of alt-country pop and wistful ballads won Raido a whole new audience, one which will undoubtedly shake their heads in wonder at the quantum leap he takes on the appropriately titled Act Two. The home-studio DIY recording approach and bar-band simplicity of Turnin’ Round has given way to a sumptuous studio cornucopia of sound, elegantly produced by music industry vet Tom Gioia. Programming and editing was handled by Andy Snitzer, who has done similar work with Bon Jovi, Elvis Costello, REM, Destiny's Child, Miles Davis, Moby, Vanessa Williams and Sophie B. Hawkins. To realize his vision for this album, John recruited a stellar cast of backup musicians and singers to play behind him, professionals whose credits range from work with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to Roberta Flack, Al Green, Jeffrey Gaines, and The O’Jays. The infusion of elegant lead guitar lines, sonorous keyboard fills, and soulful backup vocals expands Raido’s musical palette a thousandfold; and yet, at the center of these ten beautiful tracks, Raido remains himself - a rueful, contemplative Everyman, battered by love and bruised by life, with a voice as craggy and workaday as the view from the New Jersey Turnpike.

Love comes in many shapes and colors and Raido captures them all here, in love songs that range from resignation and regret (“Too Late For Goodbye”) to guarded optimism (“What Can I Do,” “Shelter”) to good-natured pessimism (the delightfully trippy, Van Morrison-esque “Bad News.”) When love finally flowers – as it does on “It’s Only You,” a life-embracing duet with the Cucumbers’ Deena Shoskes – it’s a many-splendored thing. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know is that John Raido’s back, without his band but with a collection of songs that will sweep you off your feet and brighten your day. The curtain’s going up on Act Two.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, eat your heart out.

-Jim Testa