ABOUT THE BAND
After thirty years on the international stage producing soul legend Eddie Floyd's return to Stax Records, being the driving force behind Boston bands The Radio Kings and The Mercy Brothers, producing Norwegian singer-songwriter William Hut's gold & platinum award winning number one hit "Take It Easy" from the album Nightfall for Universal Records, and most recently producing Feel Like Going Home: The Songs of Charlie Rich for Memphis International Records plus numerous other artists and projects, Michael Dinallo steps forward with Crooked Road Songs, his first recordings as a solo artist. This set features two distinct sides of Michael Dinallo as producer, bandleader, guitarist, and songwriter. Part one features Boston legend Tim Gearan on vocals and is a full band setting evoking hints of Tom Waits and Daniel Lanois. The second half features a more intimate acoustic approach reminiscent of The Band that features garage-band soul shouter Barrence Whitfield on vocals.
Michael Dinallo: Electric Guitar, Mandolin
Tim Gearan: Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Kevin Barry: Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals
John Packer: Acoustic Bass, Vocals
Marty Richards: Drums
Barrence Whitfield: Vocal
Ducky Carlisle: Bass Drum
Produced By Michael Dinallo
Recorded by Nate Dube at Rear Window Recording Service, Brooklin MA
Additional recording by Ducky Carlisle at Ice Station Zebra, Medford MA
Mixed by Ducky Carlisle and MIchael Dinallo - The Tremolo Twins - at Ice Station Zebra, Medford MA
Mastered by Michael Saint-Leon at The Switchyard, Nashville, TN
Mixed By Jett Galindo At Studio 12e Watertown, MA.
PRESS RELEASES & REVIEWS
"If you look up the word underrated, then Michael Dinallo's name should be right beside it. He has an imposing array of credits from producing soul great Eddie Floyd to helming the esteemed "Feel Like Going Home: The Songs of Charlie Rich," yet he has never received the credit he deserves. This new EP is the first record under his own name -- and it's an absolute gem. It's a rootsy excursion incorporating his deft, twang-heaven skills on electric and acoustic guitars as well as mandolin. He brings in Boston mainstay Tim Gearan to sing modernized treatments of "Lonesome Road Blues" and "In the Pines," associated with Lead Belly, on which Dinallo sounds almost Duane Eddy-ish. Then he adds exquisite soul singer Barrence Whitfield for originals such as the bluesy-psychedelic "Mr. Johnson" and the poignant but hopeful "Waiting for a Better Day." Let's hope that Dinallo's better day has arrived. He has earned it."
-- Steve Morse, Former Boston Globe Music Critic and Current Berklee Colloege of Music Professor: Rock History
The only question is why has it taken multi-talented Michael Dinallo 30 years to finally come out with a debut? And couldn’t he have added a few more tunes? Crooked Road Songs is, in a word, spectacular. It’s soulful, bluesy to the hilt, filled with folksy reverence for his forebears and contains some spectacular vocals courtesy of soul shouter Barrence Whitfield and Boston bar-band hero Tim Gearan. Dinallo has arranged, produced, written and added some pretty damn nifty electric guitar and mandolin on six sterling tracks, three with full band, three acoustically intimate. Muddy Waters did Big Bill Broonzy’s “Lonesome Road Blues” in 1959. Is it sacrilegious to say I like Dinallo’s version better? Ditto for Lead Belly’s “In The Pines.” Dinallo’s originals reek of late-night honky-tonk floozies and bare-bones front-porch Appalachia. The man knows how to put a record together. He’s done so producing Eddie Floyd on Stax and the Charlie Rich tribute album last year, both projects brimming with ideas, alacrity and total joyousness. Rock on, dude. I’m a fan.
-- Goldmine Magazine