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Marietta, Georgia, United States | SELF

Marietta, Georgia, United States | SELF
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Athens, Georgia, United States

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"Lingo Gets Back To Work"

After a short hiatus and reconfiguration of the band, Lingo is back at it for 2012. Changes in store for this year include the band adding Nick Johnson (formally with Col. Bruce Hamption) and new drummer Greg Perry to the line-up. The duo joins Lingo veterans Tony Giordano and brothers Alex & Justin Tramble. The components that define Lingo's sound will be familiar to nearly anyone who loves music, from ripping guitar solos, African and Latin grooves, elements of jazz and funk, soulful vocals, and thoughtful lyrics. The resulting mix is unlike anything else out there and has won the band legions of fans across the Southeast.
- Nimbleslick


"Josh Clark Sits in with Lingo"

News ArchivePublished: 2011/04/25

Josh Clark Sits in with LingoTea Leaf Green performed at Atlanta, GA’s Variety Playhouse on Saturday night. After the show, TLG guitarist Josh Clark attended a performance by the Atlanta-based band Lingo at Atlanta’s The Five Spot and sat in for an extended version of Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out My Life Woman.” The song featured Lingo’s keyboard player, Tony Giordano, trading solos with Clark as the band went into a 20-minute improv jam. Tea Leaf Green will perform at Mobile, AL’s Saenger Theatre tomorrow, while Lingo will appear at Valdosta, GA’s Bayou Bills on April 29.
- jambands.com


"Josh Clark Sits in with Lingo"

News ArchivePublished: 2011/04/25

Josh Clark Sits in with LingoTea Leaf Green performed at Atlanta, GA’s Variety Playhouse on Saturday night. After the show, TLG guitarist Josh Clark attended a performance by the Atlanta-based band Lingo at Atlanta’s The Five Spot and sat in for an extended version of Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out My Life Woman.” The song featured Lingo’s keyboard player, Tony Giordano, trading solos with Clark as the band went into a 20-minute improv jam. Tea Leaf Green will perform at Mobile, AL’s Saenger Theatre tomorrow, while Lingo will appear at Valdosta, GA’s Bayou Bills on April 29.
- jambands.com


"Former Col. Bruce Hampton Guitarist Joins Lingo"

Col Bruce Hampton’s bands have featured quite a few all-star guitarists over the years, from Derek Trucks to Jimmy Herring and Bobby Lee Rodgers. The latest former Hampton guitarist to move onto a new band is Nick Johnson. The guitarist has officially joined the Atlanta, GA band Lingo. In addition to his role as lead guitarist in Col. Bruce Hampton’s band over the past year, Johnson has also performed in The Last Waltz Ensemble and the Yonrico Scott Band. Lingo has also added new drummer Greg Perry to its lineup. Perry toured with Captain Soularcat and The Soundmen. The musicians join remaining members Alex Tramble, Justin Tramble and Tony Giordano. - jambands.com


"Do You Speak Lingo?"

DO YOU SPEAK LINGO?
Written by Rob Johnson, Hittin’ The Note Magazine.

lin-go (noun)—An unfamiliar language.

Music may be the universal language, but that doesn’t mean it should all sound the same. There are a lot of people speaking the language of music, but most of them don’t really have anything new to say.

Lingo is different. This is a band with their own secret language, as their name would indicate. There are familiar components, to be sure—ripping guitar solos that evoke the Allman Brothers, African and Latin grooves, soulful vocals, thoughtful lyrics. Still, the result is unlike anything else out there, and if you open your ears wide enough, you can tell Lingo has something to say.

The story of Lingo begins when brothers Justin and Alex Tramble were kids growing up in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. Justin, the older of the two, caught the music bug by playing in his middle school orchestra. Soon he acquired his first guitar, and like younger brothers everywhere, Alex wanted to join in, so he took up the bass. Dylan Burke, a childhood friend, soon joined the Tramble brothers on guitar.


The core trio – Dylan Burke, Alex and Justin Tramble, Bear Creek 2010.

The sense of destiny that has surrounded Lingo since their beginning is best illustrated by the story of their first gig. The band rented out a local Mexican movie house, El Cine Morales—now closed—and aggressively promoted the show to their high school classmates.

When the members of Lingo arrived that day, their friends from school were already in the movie theater parking lot, listening to an early, rough demo the band had put together, and tailgating before the show. “There was a lot scene!” Justin Tramble says today, still shocked by the memory. “We hadn’t even played a show yet, and here were people listening to our music, pre-gaming before the show. That was the first sign we might be on to something.”

The band sold 317 tickets that day, an unheard-of amount for an unknown band that had never played a gig before.

As auspicious as that beginning was, not every gig can be like that. Lingo has been paying dues in the bars and clubs of the Southeast for years now, and during that time, they had to struggle with personnel changes, disappointing gigs, and all the rest. However, their story took a turn for the better when they hooked up with keyboardist Tony Giordano and drummer Chad Jackson, both formerly of Ancient Harmony.


Tony Giordano, promotional photo 2009.

Giordano, who has played with everyone from Tommy Talton to Tishamingo, started jamming with the band on a regular basis, and did that for several months before he made the leap to officially joining the band.

“We were coming back from a gig one day, and we basically cornered him and said ‘Come on, join the band already!’ This had been going on for months,” explains guitarist Dylan Burke.

Once they had talked Tony into becoming a full-time member, the band still had one major issue. They had struggled to find a drummer, nearly losing a gig because a former drummer didn’t show up. Giordano, despite being the new guy, was the one who talked the band into doing the gig anyway, with a last minute replacement drummer.

“I think that was a turning point,” Justin Tramble says thoughtfully. “We were tempted to just cancel the show, but Tony talked us into it.”

That “show must go on” mentality got them through that crisis, but the band needed a solid, dependable drummer who could help them get to the next level. Tony G knew just the guy.


Chad Jackson, Cox Capitol Theatre 2010.

“For months, I had been hearing about this band Lingo that Tony had been playing with, and how great they were,” says drummer Chad Jackson. “It was just Lingo, Lingo, Lingo, all the time with the Lingo.”

Jackson was deeply disillusioned with the music business at the time, and was ready to hang up his drumsticks for good.

“I have a friend who owns a studio, and I was ready to just become a studio rat,” Jackson says, using a common term for audio engineers and technicians. “After Harmony was over, I was just so done with the whole thing. Done with the traveling, done with making no money, I was just over it.”

When Giordano first approached Jackson about joining the band, he was wary, but after hearing Tony’s glowing accounts of playing with the band, he decided to give it a try. Much like the first gig at El Cine Morales, the band’s first show with Jackson was an instant hit, one of those moments in life where everything comes together and all doubt is removed.

“I remember after that first frat party, we were all so excited!” says Alex Tramble, still sounding excited by the memory. “We were like ‘This is IT!’”

With the infusion of these seasoned musicians, Lingo is ready for the big time. As much as Chad and Tony have contributed to the evolution of the band, the heart of the band is still the core trio of Alex, Justin and Dy - Hittin The Note (article/bio)


"Lingo"

This young band has wisdom beyond their years and understands the use of dynamics like few other bands. Brought to my attention by an angel, I eagerly awaited their debut album and was thrilled upon my first listen. Hailing from Kennesaw, Georgia, Lingo is Justin Tramble - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Dylan Burke - Lead Guitar, Drew Earley - Drums, and Alex Tramble - Bass and Vocals. It is to their credit that this fine album was recorded by noted Athens producer John Keane (Widespread Panic, R.E.M, B-52s) and features an appearance by Randall Bramblett.

Their sound is a sophisticated blend of acoustic and electric harmonies with poignant songwriting and killer hooks. Their jams always seem to complement the song, a facet much appreciated by the thoughtful fan. They lay down a really funky groove that is easy to listen or to dance to.

Opening the album is the premonitory "Bank the World," an upbeat tune with a chorus warning us about money. "Memory" has a funky sound and laments a past relationship. "You're Lost" is a beautiful ballad, while "Afro" is a long instrumental with a lush psychedelic groove and a trance-like beat. "That Fool" swings and soars with a truly amazing hook and "Agents" explores an upbeat theme that changes on a dime. "Stop" is eminently danceable and "Gold" begins with a swing and then rocks out. Closing the album is "Mighty Plan," an emotional hymn to the power of man.

Weaving throughout the entire album are engaging vocals, driving bass, and tasty guitar work. This group of kids is the Real Deal -- watching them live is a joyous experience!

- Hittin the Note Magazine


"Lingo at Hoopee Jam"

"...fresh, crisp, clean, vibrant and complex; combining the best elements of pop, soul, and jazz, with a pinch of jam-band sensibility. This band embodies pure joyful emotion." - festivalfamily.com


"Lingo is..."

"...one of the best kept secrets in the southeast." - The Corner News (Auburn, Alabama)


Discography

"Through the Scattered Trees" debut album released in 2009 Recorded and Produced by John Keane (Widespread Panic, REM, The B-52s, Indigo Girls)

1. Bank the World (4:11)
2. My Memory (3:32)
3. You're Lost (4:44)
4. Wake Up (6:20)
5. Afro (5:44)
6. That Fool (7:05)
7. Agents (5:30)
8. Stop (4:18)
9. Gold (6:29)
10. Mighty Plan (4:01)

"Someday EP"
Dec 2010
1. Someday
2.Take You Home
3.Let It Go
4. Without
5. Honey, I

"Lingo Lives: Volume 1" Recorded @ The Five Spot in Atlanta, Ga Feb. 2010

1.Gold
2. Hello River
3. Afro
4. Agents
5. Afro
6. Let it Go
7. Bank the World
8. You're Lost
9. Outro

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Bio

www.lingomusic.net
www.youtube.com/lingomusic
www.facebook.com/lingomusic

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Lingo has been turning heads in the southeast for over three years. With their infectious blend of songwriting and jam, they continue to blossom into one of the premier live acts in the region.

*Lingo has shared the stage with Tea Leaf Green, Trombone Shorty, Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic), The New Mastersounds, Perpetual Groove, The Lee Boys, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, Heavy Pets

Festival Staple: Bear Creek Music Festival, FloydFest, AthFest, Aura Music and Arts Festival, Bragg Jam

Lingo is a band with their own musical language, as their name would indicate. There are familiar elements, for sure. But their melodic song writing, mixed with ripping guitar solos, old school funk groove and fusion jazz, soulful vocals and thoughtful lyrics, results in a sound unlike anything else out there. You can tell Lingo has something new to say.
The band recently released their first collection of new music since 2010. The six-track EP, titled "Rearrange," is the first release featuring the band's newest members, guitarist Nick Johnson (of Col. Bruce Hampton Band, Last Waltz Ensemble) and drummer Greg Perry (of The Soundmen, I.O.Z.). Since their last release, Lingo has shared the stage with Jimmy Herring Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kofi Burbridge, and Dr. Roosevelt Collier.

Lingo is Justin Tramble (lead vox, acoustic guitar), Nick Johnson (vox, electric guitar), Tony Giordano (vox, keyboards), Greg Perry (drums), Alex Tramble (bass)

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