The Blizzard of 78

The Blizzard of 78


A five piece Rock and Roll band from Boston, MA/Providence, RI who play our own style called Supercharged Soul. Imagine a front man with the genius of Ray Charles combined with the spit of Joe Cocker leading a gang of musicians mashing the intensity of The Who with the back beat of Stax!


Co-Headlined the Ryan's Smashing Life Music Blog Third Anniversary Party

Nominated in the 2009 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll for Best Act and Male Vocalist

Winner of Best Male Vocalist in 2008 from The Providence Phoenix

Winners of Album of the Year, Band of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year from Motif Magazine

Finalists at the 2007 WBRU Rock Hunt

The band has received local airplay support from WBCN and WFNX in Boston and WBRU in Providence. As well as from college stations around the country

Book of Lies remained in the top 10 of The Noise Top 30 Radio Chart from December 08-April 09

Collaborated with reggae legend and Clash producer Mikey Dread on a cover of The Clash's Silicone on Sapphire for a Joe Strummer tribute album

Book of Lies was produced, recorded and mixed by band members Chris Cugini and Nate Leavitt at their own Appleman Studios

TBO78/Delta Clutch have been a part of NEMO, WBCN Rumble, Nashville NEA Extravaganza, Tour (featured song in radio spot.)

Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses) appears on the track “I’m Not the One" from 2006's Where All Life Hangs

TBO78/Delta Clutch have played with greats like Alex Chilton, Ronnie Spector, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Jim Carroll, Tanya Donelly, Guster, Remy Zero, Throwing Muses and The Long Winters

The group once performed the Replacements’ album "Tim" in its entirety

Sold hot dogs out of an RV while on tour to buy gas

"yes, this band’s latest album IS both epic and awesome. I’ll warn you, when you hear them live or listen to the new CD, you may be inspired to have a temper tantrum, annoyed you did not know about this band sooner." Exploit Boston

"Frontman Pip (Yes, just “Pip.” The rules are, if you’re going to one-name it, you better back it up. Fortunately, this guy sells his band’s songs harder than a shivering Greenpeace volunteer on Tremont Street." Boston Band Crush

"For all of the album's emotional and spiritual depth, it still rocks plenty hard." Boston Music Spotlight

"snarling guitars, hooks hooked from the Mats playbook, a dab of punk" The Boston Phoenix

"The music is sloppy and raw but always in a perfectly constructed song sort of way - reminiscent of Wilco in many ways" My Thermos

"Book of Lies makes for a rather affecting listen...the results are often jaw-dropping
and goose bump inducing" Skyscraper Magazine

"Album opener "The Song" hits all the right notes" The Providence Phoenix

"On their second release, The Blizzard of 78 capture their signature rock 'n' soul sound perfectly, which is what makes them one of the most original bands in Boston" 75 or Less

Supercharged Soul. These two words perfectly describe the Boston/Providence rock band The Blizzard of 78. Formerly called Delta Clutch, the band decided to name themselves after the infamous Blizzard of 1978 because it described the stormy and moody nature of the group. Coincidentally, while mulling over new names, lead singer Pip came across an official certificate of survival from the actual Blizzard. The bands musical direction also changed and became more focused on their first release as TBO78 with 2006's "Where All Life Hangs." Bob Gulla of the Providence Phoenix described the album as "a dozen emotionally resonant tunes, delicately and tastefully assembled a la Coldplay or Damien Rice, with flourishes of Badfinger." The band was awarded Band and Album of the Year from Motif Magazine and singer Pip also won Vocalist of the Year from Motif and The Providence Phoenix. The bands second album, "Book of Lies" (2008), has been receiving great reviews like this one from Skyscraper Magazine, "Book of Lies makes for a rather affecting listen...the results are often jaw-dropping and goose bump inducing." Live, the band is well known for their emotionally driven sets. Lead singer Pip, summons the likeness of James Brown or Van Morrison. The rest of the bands impressive musicianship demands your attention with presence and chemistry not unlike The Who or The Stones. This dynamic combination has landed them opening slots for Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Guster, The Long Winters and Throwing Muses to name a few.


Book of Lies, 2008 LP
Silicone on Sapphire featuring Mikey Dread, 2007 Single
Where All Life Hangs, 2006 LP

All music is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc..

Set List

Set times ranging from 30-90 minutes featuring mostly originals and cover or two depending on the gig.

Most recent set list...
The Last Temptation
Way Down
Come Back Now
Blood On The Road
Cast A Long Shadow
Time and Place
The Song

Covers include
Watching the Detectives-Elvis Costello
Let Me Roll It-Paul McCartney
Left of the Dial-The Replacements
End of the Day-The Kinks
No Easy Way Down-Dusty Springfield