Tony Piscotti

Tony Piscotti

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Soulful Americana built on evocative poetry, lithe acoustic guitar picking and infectious grooves. Vocals recall the melodious qualities of 60's and 70's folkies and is kin to moderns like Neil Finn, Willy Porter, John Mayer and Duncan Sheik.

Biography

Tony Piscotti may only be a few years into the solo singer/songwriter realm, but he is no stranger to crafting infectious melodies and beautifully simplistic acoustic guitar-driven pieces of art. Tony's first notoriety came as half the nucleus of the much-acclaimed indie band Rain Merchants while attending college on the plains of Central Illinois in the early 1990s. Rain Merchants combined Tony's acoustic guitar and songwriting prowess with the unparalleled stage presence of Hedy Burress, who later went on to fame in the acting environs of Hollywood, California. As Hedy pursued a lucrative film and television career Tony turned inward in order to hone his songwriting skills.

Traveling to kinder his inspiration took him to Portland Oregon, Los Angeles and eventually back to his native Chicago where he reentered the music scene as a sideman with former Rain Merchants band mate Joe Armstrong and his new band. Splitting his time between his sideman duties and performing in various acoustic duo combinations allowed Tony to pen a set of intimate, catchy and confident songs that is currently available in a collection entitled Soapbox Parade on Chicago's Greentown Records (2003, Pied Cow Music-ASCAP).

Around the centerpiece of Piscott's compositions are performances by some amazing guest musicians, including producer/guitarist Joe Armstrong, actress Hedy Burress on vocals, Jason Upchurch on electric and upright basses, Daryl Coutts of the RONNIE BAKER BROOKS BAND on Hammond organ, Michael Babincak (formerly of the JOE ARMSTRONG BAND) on electric guitar, Greg Fundis & Matt Katzfey from 56 HOPE ROAD on drums/percussion and many more!

Soapbox Parade showcases Tony's unique ability to readily combine such diverse instrumentation as strings, accordion, mandolin along with clever folk and rock arrangements in a way that speaks directly to the listener's soul. The sincere and accessible feel of Tony Piscotti's Soapbox Parade will ensure that he and his unique musical voice will not be unknown for long.

Lyrics

Water Witching

Written By: Tony Piscotti

you came and sat on the edge of my bed
you gave me a note to read when you’re dead
and i can’t tell where you end
and where i begin
guess i’ll try water witching

saw my future in the paper today
it told me you were coming back to stay
sat on the porch and waited
for the sky to grow late
should’ve tried water witching

i think i’ll find me
a y-shaped branch
and see if i have
any luck at all
i hurled my compass
against the wall
to find you
to find you
to find you…

praying for september to disappear
‘cause i know october is bound to be more clear
marching over landmines
i forgot that i had laid
i would’ve know by water witching

i think i’ll find me
a y-shaped branch
and see if i have
any luck at all
i hurled my compass
against the wall
to find you
to find you
to find you…

Chronological Disorder

Written By: Tony Piscotti

this little shoebox
is a chronological disorder
you were the back end
of everything that i could sneak up on

this little shoebox
is a chronological disorder
you were the back end
of everything that i could sneak up on

this old cigar box
is a mildly amusing treasure
i’m sworn to secrecy
of everything that’s made it’s way inside

this broken streetlight
is an astrological reminder
i’m better off
standing underneath the sun

this faded postcard
is an unintentional remainder
you were the back end
of everything that i could sneak up on
that i could sneak up on

Genius

Written By: Tony Piscotti

when did i become the one
who always seemed to spoil your fun
i wasn’t trying to be so overbearing

and even though i’m not surprised
to find you brilliantly disguised
it’s just a sign of weakness
when you’re lying

but you’re not better than me
even though you’d like to think
you’re quite a little genius

when did i become the one
who took to staring at the sun
i must’ve stared too long
‘cause something blinded me

if that was all you had to say
you could’ve found some other way
things like this require better timing

but you’re not better than me
even though you’d like to think
you’re quite a little genius

but you’re not better than me
even though you’d like to think
you’re quite a little genius

the more i should know
the less you will show
you’re keeping me awake
with all your pretty secrets

but you’re not better than me
even though you’d like to think
you’re quite a little genius

but you’re not better than me
even though you’d like to think
you’re quite a little genius

Long Walk Home

Written By: Tony Piscotti

save me from my nihilistic perspectives
they only bring me down
can you be my ride
can you be my ride
can you be my ride home tonight

save me from my narcisistic persistence
it only brings unrealistic expectations
will you be my ride
will you be my ride
will you be my ride home tonight

{bridge}
i keep up with you
in my guilded overconfidence
laughing til it hurts
am i just way too obvious?

save me from my impulsive false predictions
they only point me in contradictory directions
will you be my ride
can you be my ride
will you be my ride home tonight

take me for a ride
take me for a ride
take me anywhere but home...

Discography

Soapbox Parade (2003 Greentown Records / Pied Cow Music ASCAP)
featured on The United State of Americana, Vol. 3 (forthcoming artist compilation 2005 Shut Eye Records)

Set List

Can manage 1 - 2 hours of music depending on time allotted by venue.

ORIGINAL MATERIAL:

Broken Glass
Radiator Song
Magnetic North
Genius
Water Witching
Soapbox Parade
Letter to Matthew
Middle of July
Carousel
On This Flat Vista
Chronological Disorder
Better in my Head
Happy Endings
Long Walk Home
(more new material in the works)

COVERS INCLUDE:

Chin Up, Cheer Up by Ryan Adams
Yellow by Coldplay
True Dreams of Wichita by Soul Coughing
Soft Serve by Soul Coughing
California by Rufus Wainwright
One Man Guy by Loudon Wainwright
We Can Work It Out by The Beatles
Mother Nature's Son by The Beatles
Two of Us by The Beatles
Across The Universe by The Beatles
Blackbird by The Beatles
Country Roads by John Denver
It's Only Natural by Crowded House
Don't Dream its Over by Crowded House
Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House
Times Like This by Edie Brickell
Umbrella by Dogs Eye View
Your Gonna Make Me Lonesome... by Bob Dylan