Little Embers

Little Embers

 New York City, New York, USA

"Electric guitarist Anthony Rizzo calls on his punk roots to keep these no-frills tunes gutsy without compromising the dreamy vibes. Theresa Hoffmann's rocker croon, a curious blend of whimsy and defiance, oscillates with the mood of the music. It's nice to hear artists play off each others' smoldering latencies with such sure-handed poise." Jeremy Brown, (Mar 07, 2011)


Little Embers is a collaborative effort featuring Theresa Hoffmann & her husband Anthony Rizzo. While she writes the songs, he provides the setting from which the tunes take flight. Influenced by artists such as Wilco, Paul Westerberg and Lucinda Williams, L.E. has found their own unique style. As a founding member of the critically acclaimed punk band Garden Variety, and best known for his work in Vic Thrill and the Saturn Missile, Rizzo's sensitive, but assertive electric guitar draws upon a rich and varied musical background. Combined with Theresa's ghostly evocative songwriting, the combination is compelling. Theirs is roots music of a decidedly different stripe; the cool fire of their soulful sound has been impressing New York City audiences for some time and Little Embers' presence in the NYC music scene cannot be underestimated.

In 2010, Little Embers was seriously motivated with new material and ambition. They wanted to make that debut LP, badly. Many fans, family and friends had followed LE long enough to let them know that it was time to get creative and find the resources to get into the studio and make that first full-length album. The stars aligned and Little Embers got on board with an amazing startup crowd-funding company named Rocket Hub. Little Embers worked hard (promoting, busking, and all sorts of other stuff) and conducted a successful crowd-funding campaign. They raised $5000.00 to get into the studio with engineer Phil Palazzolo (Neko Case, Radio 4). The end result? Their first LP was released in March, 2011, to awesome reviews, and can be purchased on iTunes (and other e-tailers) titled "Raise the Dead." Little Embers is proud of this first effort, and already has the majority of material for the recording of their second album. Thanks for listening and supporting the music! We look forward to seeing you at a show down the road!


EP Divded 2009
LP Raise the Dead 2011

Set List

Typical set is 45 minutes long. However, we have enough original material to do two sets, and love when we have the opportunity to do so! (We can also mix in covers, and frequently do, by some of our favorite artists, i.e. Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Sun Volt, Tom Petty, Jayhawks, and many more).