Radio-Free Carmela & The Transmitters
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Radio-Free Carmela & The Transmitters

Sarasota, Florida, United States | SELF

Sarasota, Florida, United States | SELF
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May
18
Radio-Free Carmela & The Transmitters @ Casey Key Fish House

Osprey, Florida, USA

Osprey, Florida, USA

May
16
Radio-Free Carmela & The Transmitters @ WSLR-LP 96.5

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sarasota, Florida, USA

May
07
Radio-Free Carmela & The Transmitters @ The Blue Rooster

Sarasota, Florida, USA

Sarasota, Florida, USA

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..strongly resembles the style of Lucinda Williams - Christine Hawes


"Carmela, along with her current group, The Transmitters, plays up-tempo folk-rock that's thoughtful and reflective yet infectious and ear-friendly. By mixing steady rhythms with dobro-inflected melodies, Carmela and company maintain their message while being undeniably danceable" - Mark Sanders


"Carmela, along with her current group, The Transmitters, plays up-tempo folk-rock that's thoughtful and reflective yet infectious and ear-friendly. By mixing steady rhythms with dobro-inflected melodies, Carmela and company maintain their message while being undeniably danceable" - Mark Sanders


Pedicini is dubbed "Radio-Free Carmela" because her friends say she never shuts up. She continues to spill out memories, opinions, and predictions. She's earned her name for a very good reason. And frankly, she should keep broadcasting. - Cooper Levey-Baker


In a crowed and talented folk community, Carmela Pedicini (nicknamed "Radio-Free" for her incessant talk) and her band stand out like champs. Never content with your average girl-with-guitar-in-a-coffee-shop sound, Firstenberger, et al bring an energetic and flat-out fun attitude to their glances back at the rich and wierd catalogue of Americana and rock derived from the same source. It helps that the band gigs consistently, with regular turns on the mike at the Old Packinghouse Cafe and, more recently, Metro Coffee & Wine. As a bonus Pedicini's blog goes in-depth about putting together her first album and is long on insight into the recording process. - Best of the Suncoast


Sarasota's Carmela Pedicini and her merry musical gang have plied thier rough Americana-tinged folk-rock around the area for years. With Americana Tourister, we finally have Carmela on wax, and the results are hella good. In particular, Pedicini and friends shine whenever they slow things down for aching, hard-edged story-songs such as "Last Fight" and "Black River." I might quibble over a couple of choices(the dancehall breakdown on "World Gone Mad," for example), but once drummer Dave Townsend punctuates Pedicini's ballads with more of his heartbreaking snare hits, criticism becomes moot.
Cooper Levy-Baker-
three and a half stars - review of "Americana Tourister"


Sarasota's Carmela Pedicini and her merry musical gang have plied thier rough Americana-tinged folk-rock around the area for years. With Americana Tourister, we finally have Carmela on wax, and the results are hella good. In particular, Pedicini and friends shine whenever they slow things down for aching, hard-edged story-songs such as "Last Fight" and "Black River." I might quibble over a couple of choices(the dancehall breakdown on "World Gone Mad," for example), but once drummer Dave Townsend punctuates Pedicini's ballads with more of his heartbreaking snare hits, criticism becomes moot.
Cooper Levy-Baker-
three and a half stars - review of "Americana Tourister"


Talk about consistency. Carmela Pedicini first began playing gigs at the Old Packinghouse, a righteous country hang-out in east Sarasota, back in 2002, and she still keeps it up, performing at least once a month. It’s a cozy arrangement: The Packinghouse gets a solid regular show, and the band gets the chance to test out more of its Americana-tinged rock on a very friendly audience. But the band’s ambitions go beyond Sarasota. “We’re increasing our out-of-town(fan) base,” Pedicini says; she’s even trying to win converts in Europe with a solo couch-surfing tour scheduled to kick off this July. But while she and the band are looking to venture beyond their traditional confines, they know which side their bread’s buttered on, and won’t be letting down the locals — or the OPC — anytime soon.
Cooper Levey-Baker

- 2009 Summer Music Guide


"Last Fight" is a dark ghost story which showcases tight vocal harmonies and (Radio-Free Carmela) Pedicini's extensive songwriting abilities. - Stephanie Basheim Emerson


"Last Fight" is a dark ghost story which showcases tight vocal harmonies and (Radio-Free Carmela) Pedicini's extensive songwriting abilities. - Stephanie Basheim Emerson


Discography

Noise Ordinance lll (3) compilation (Nov 2012)
Noise Ordinance II (2) compilation (April 2011)
WMNF 88.5 This CD Kills Fascists compilation (Nov 2010)
The Alternate Root Summer Music Sampler (May 2010)
Noise Ordinance compilation Finch House Records (Feb 2010)
Creative Loafing's Suncoast Summer Jam Sampler (May 2009)
Walk The Line compilation Urban Angel Music (Feb 2009)
Chill Out East Coast compilation Quickstar Productions (Oct 2008)
Americana Tourister (Dec 2007)

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Pronounced Karma - la

Called one of the most consistent purveyors of Americana-tinged rock music in the region for years, Radio-Free Carmela and her band of Transmitters consist of musicians who have individually and collectively been performing in Florida for the past decade to devoted audiences.

Though tiny in stature, Carmela's voice reaches out with a kung fu grip to grab the listener and engage them in each storyline. She has the ability to instantly connect with her audience through a combination of insightful banter and a passionate original songbook. Her fan base ranges from very small children to octogenarians. The subject matter of her songs ranges from love and friendship to world affairs, romantic affairs, offspring, distant relatives and death.

Radio-Free Carmela and the Transmitters have performed at:
Couch Crash Music Festival NYC (2008)
Sarasota Folk Festival (2009)
Stringbreak Music Festival (2009)
Riverhawk Music Festival (2009)
Americana Woman Fest (2010)
WMNF Americana Fest (2010)
WMNF New Years Eve Tribute to 1980 (2011)
WMNF 30th Tropical Heatwave (2011)
59th Florida Folk Festival (2011)
WMNF Woody Guthrie birthday tribute (2012)

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