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Tony the Bookie

Medford, Massachusetts, United States

Medford, Massachusetts, United States
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"Live Show Review"

"The Rock Equivalent of a Coen Brothers Movie" - The Boston Phoenix 2009


"Back Rooms and Dreams"

It began, they say, in the back room of a bar, a modern equivalent of a speakeasy, in nightly sessions of poker. Hazy cigarettes smoke, a few six packs and half empty bottles of beers lying around, busy shuffling sounds and the beginning of a dream - let's start a band. We've got the means, we've got that rebel spirit, we've got that itch to make it happen.

Most would have stopped at that point, either too drunk or too sober, but not the members of Tony the Bookie. Something was burning inside (and it wasn't just the extra cheese topping). The album The Tony the Bookie Orchestra is a product of that burning, still exploring itself, improving with practice and experience. There may be others, bringing to mind freer, perhaps a little more naive times. The spirit is there.

Do you still have that spirit? Take a ride with Tony the Bookie - Laughing Evergreens (Blog)


"Album Crush: Tony the Bookie's new album available online TODAY!"

Look at that rock star face. Good ol' Tony the Bookie, former booker at PA's Lounge, is releasing his new album, Tony the Bookie Presents the Tony the Bookie Orchestra, which you can download today via this here link. He's following the Radiohead method of pay-what-you-want, so you can use Paypal to donate whatever you see fit to help him continue on his lo-fi bluesy rock 'n' roll quest. Take my word for it, Tony's pretty awesome; here's your chance to hear for yourself. Go get it!

Then go hear him play live at PA's on Saturday Sept. 5 (or Friday Sept. 4 if you're in the Northampton area!). - Boston Band Crush (Blog)


"Cheap Thrills Show Plug"

SUN 10/11

9pm
Trampled by Turtles (fr. MN), Tony The Bookie Orchestra, Poverty Line Old Time Band
at Middle East - Upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$9 / 18+

Whether or not you have a three-day weekend, this is a damn good show to groove to tunes with a country/folk flavor. Trampled by Turtles bring their tasty, passionately rootsy sound from Duluth, and Poverty Line Old Time Band live up to their name. My fave of the night Tony the Bookie Orchestra should shake things up with their sweet, country-tinged rock. - Cheap Thrills (Blog)


"Throw This Midnight Away"

For those of you planning a more reserved weekend, perhaps sitting by the window with a hot drink and staring down the snow outside, here’s a stomper from Tony The Bookie. This one would be pitch perfect for the villain’s entrance in a vintage western, so enticingly evil and dark you start rooting for them immediately. I’m particularly fond of how the lackadaisical slide guitar is laid on top of the propulsion of the drums and rhythm guitars.

MP3: Tony The Bookie – She Don’t Wear Black
[Off Tony the Bookie Presents... The Tony the Bookie Orchestra!, out now. Available for Free Download (please consider dropping some coins in the tip jar).]

BONUS MP3: Tony The Bookie – True Love - Battery In Your Leg


"Tony the Bookie Record Review"

TONY THE BOOKIE ORCHESTRA
Tony the Bookie Presents
By BRENT T. INGRAM

GENRE | SINGER-SONGWRITER
VERDICT | ULTIMATE FAKEBOOK
LABEL | SELF-RELEASED

TONYTHEBOOKIE.COM



One of those untamed and unnamed bands that exists as your favorite band's favorite band, the orchestra is mainly the gang behind one Anthony Confalone. The orchestra loves Tony, as signified through support of local luminaries like Sarah Cronin (Drug Rug) and Mike Fiore (Faces on Film). And we love him too—with grimy grunge balladry like "My Worried Mind," why wouldn't we? The Bookie is righteously talented, adhering to classic styles without sacrificing authenticity, as with the crooked country crooning of "Farewell" or the torch song of "Living in Sin." And there must have been some considerable inspiration behind "True Love," because it's the most cogent pop song on the CD. I suppose the secret is out on Confalone, but if not, we'll let you in on it now: Tony the Bookie is one of Greater Boston's finest songwriters. Local bands would do well to cover one of his tunes, or, even better, pay him to write them one. [BRENT T. INGRAM] - The Weekly Dig


""True Love" Review"

Tony the Bookie - "True Love" [download]
Tony the Bookie has a name right out of a Goodfellas scene and the stature of a main-event professional wrestler. He has the sound of... neither. At least if we are to believe what we hear from his new release "True Love."

"True Love" rides through your ears in a weird low-shift gear. The entire song moves, but at different speeds. The churning, full-sounding acoustic keeps things moving while an eerie-sounding electric guitar beeeeeeends single notes with such languished grace that they are almost hypnotic. The Bookie's crisp baritone serves as a guiding light through the darker-tinged passages of "True Love." He has a definite vocal register in which he does most of his work, but he shows the ability to work his way up the scales as well, mostly after the mid-point through the end of the track.

The multi-tracked unison vocals add a bit of ambiguity to the personality of this song, but it is an enjoyable one, providing a pleasant murkiness that is dappled here and there by moments of brightness. Maybe that's what he means by "True Love."

- Boston Band Crush (C.D. on Songs)


Discography

LP "Tony the Bookie Presents... The Tony the Bookie Orchestra!" Released 08/25/09 10 Tracks
Play on WMBR, WAAF, WFNX

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"Tony the Bookie"... Yeah, that name's been floating around
Somerville, MA for a few years... So, this kid Tony somehow talked the two corner-stones of
those Fashionable Noise Architects "Keys to the Streets Fear", Patrick Grenham and Elio
DeLuca, along with "Broken River Prophet" Axe-Man Eric Provonsil and Ex-"Bane" Drummer
Nick Branigan into lugging their respective Rock N' Roll Machinery out to
various 'legit' and 'not so legit' venues to Make Some Noise as "The Tony the Bookie
Orchestra". So, they ripped it up around town and laid it down at "The Soul Shop"
in Medford (their Spiritual Home) with some friendly associates such as Tommy
Allen and Sarah Cronin of "Drug Rug" and Mike Fiore of "Faces on Film" and thus was born...
"Tony the Bookie Presents... The Tony the Bookie Orchestra!", The Record. Nuff Said.

Have performed with such acts as Holly Golightly, The Handsome Family, Slim Cessna and Greg Ashley (Gris Gris).