Like sippin’ a moonshine martini at the end of a long hard day, New York City-based Shotgun Wedding blends urban sophistication with homegrown intoxication. Experience THE New York City country band on Saturday, November 15 at 7 PM at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. This performance is part of the Music Hall Concert Series sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union.
Perhaps the world’s first city-country band, Shotgun Wedding pays homage to classic country music, without cowboy hats or western wear. Raw, honest and from the heart, Shotgun Wedding takes a unique approach to a time-honored genre: re-imagining songs by Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubbs and the Texas Troubadours, Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams…while also firing off original songs that are at once down-home and downtown, including tunes about bartenders, broken hearts – even a Brooklyn Rag.
Shotgun Wedding infuses Dennis DelGaudio’s guitar pickin’, Wade Preston’s boogie/stride piano, Catherine Porter’s gorgeous voice with the solid backbone of Andy Cichon on bass and Chuck Burgi on drums.
“I wanted to find a musical concoction that honored the traditions of country music and also rang true for me as a life-long New Yorker,” says DelGaudio. “That’s when the idea of a moonshine martini came to me. What if I took two-parts twang, an ounce of rock-n-roll and a dash of swing, then shook ‘em all up with some of the best musicians I know? That’s how the city-country concept was born.”
Shotgun Wedding was formed in the winter of 2011, when DelGaudio took his idea of a “city-country” band to fellow Brooklynite Gardner, who dug it immediately. It was Gardner who “came up with the band name in about two seconds,” DelGaudio says. “As soon as she said ‘Shotgun Wedding,’ I laughed and had a big grin on my face. I loved it.” DelGaudio was already working with Preston, who was also itching for something new. He didn’t hesitate to holster up for Shotgun Wedding…and then there were three. After a few months working up tunes, Burgi and Cichon joined the posse and Shotgun Wedding was complete.
DelGaudio says, “So many songs are written about life in rural America. We wanted that same flavor about the metropolis.” “City Boy,” a Shotgun Wedding original that has become an anthem of sorts for the band, celebrates life in New York City with the lyric: “I see a skyline of stars from my roof tonight/Moon shinin’ on my city-country life/Uptown, downtown, in the sky or flyin’ underground/There ain’t no better livin’/I’m a city boy.”
Shotgun Wedding has already blazed a trail for city-country music in the Big Apple. Now, they’re eager to share their sound with a wider audience. DelGaudio says. “Our sound mixes the best of small town and big city. Nothing has felt more right.”
These music veterans have extraordinary industry credentials. They’ve worked with the likes of Billy Joel, Shania Twain, Hall & Oates, Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton and Diana Ross. Three of them were integral members of the Broadway smash hit, Movin’ Out, and Catherine Porter was the featured lead in Broadway’s “Next to Normal”, appeared with Michael Crawford in the London production of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber”, and starred in “Sunset Boulevard” with Hugh Jackman in Australia.
Shotgun Wedding: two-parts twang, an ounce of rock-n-roll and a dash of swing, all shook up with some of the best musicians and vocalists in the business to create a unique sound that mixes the best of small town and big city.
Tickets for Shotgun Wedding are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. The Firehouse also offers a 20% discount to veterans and teachers; however, discounts cannot be combined. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.