In early '89 Artie Tobia formed Five O'clock Shadow, the name coming from a late night conversation in a local tavern with his friend Joe. As with many bands it went through a few incarnations over the coming weeks and months but finally the line up solidified.
After the first gig in the storied Greenwich Village things moved quickly.
Playing anywhere they could, they built a loyal following through one thing... the music.
The driving guitar of Tim Fitzgerald punctuated the raspy blues solid vocals of Artie Tobia. Complimented by the dynamic and tight groove of the rhythm section of Bob "Baboom" Petti on bass and Rob Garcia on drums it all comes together in a magical way.
Lyrical content that is reflective of the smoldering and seductive world that is out there.
The songs will carry you through lost love, the seedy underworld of drug pushers, lost souls on the street, evocative women that can blind a man's judgment, broken hearts and some good old lustful thinking...
Like in Mexico which tells the story of a man who will drive all the way South of the Border just to get his.... Or Sweet Heat which drips with fanciful burning desires for a man's new dish...
Crazy Mary was an acquaintance of the band and it tells the tale of her fall from the corporate world to the streets of New York City.
Among other highlights is the title track Still In the Way.
A song which begs for an understanding and answer from a confused lover...it is a classic rock blues tune.
Borrowing from many influences that each member brought, such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tower of Power, Allman Brothers, James Brown and an a eclectic collection of others the there seems to be something for everyone to sink their teeth into.
The original tapes were lost in the days immediately after the recording but with today's technology a new master was created and made into the recording you hear now.
Fourteen years after it was recorded live with no overdubs, Still in the Way is here for your listening pleasure. Timeless and still meaningful in today's world of music it destined to become a life long listen for anyone who takes it home with them.
This is a limited release get yours while they are still available.
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1. Sweet Young Thing
2. Girl I Loved
3. Still In The Way
4. Catch Me
5. Sweet Heat
6. Nasty Little Girl
8. Crazy Mary
9. WIld at Heart
10. Crystal Gypsy