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The Podunk Throwbacks perform original music that encompasses many different styles. Todd writes all the songs and they do not play covers...ever! His philosophy is a "throwback" to an age where an honest songwriter does not "lure" listeners with familiarity and slip his own works in between, but believes in them enough to allow them to stand on their own....and Todd's certainly do!
His lyrics reflect the human condition in a poetic, yet gritty, way that everyone can relate to. The tunes capture the mood of each subject, perfectly, be it the soulful reflections of one's "deepest regrets," a country-style rally to farmers to "hold your ground," a jazz-inspired rock retort to one's "jealousy of hope," a traditional folk description of a humble "wrong side of life" or a lyrical declaration of a love's "single intention."
Together, The Podunk Throwbacks take Todd's vision of life and "throw it back" with their unique sound. Todd's driving percussive style of guitar-playing fills the songs, creating a one-man rhythm section. Amy weaves haunting and soulful violin melodies above the chords, providing the perfect compliment to Todd's compositions. People are amazed at the wall of sound these two people create with just a guitar, violin and a vocal.
The Podunk Throwbacks give an amazing performance no matter where they play. They love and believe in what they do...and it shows! What you hear is what you get...with no costumes, "gimmicks" or formulation. Their meticulous attention to the sound and the energy they put into the music, combined with their genuine honesty, engages audiences of all ages time and again, taking their breath away and leaving them wanting more.
The Podunk Throwbacks' style, presence and performance truly set them apart from the rest. Despite the music business being "youth-driven," the Podunk Throwbacks have the life experience that makes their music genuine and real.
TODD SKILTON - SINGER, GUITARIST, SONGWRITER
Todd Skilton attended the Berklee College of Music. He was a member of the band, Shade, and has opened up for bands including, Til Tuesday, The Outlaws, The Fools, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and Extreme. His song, "Life Inside Here," was the #1 song on Boston's WAAF for 16 consecutive weeks. Todd is currently on the guitar faculty of The Warner Theatre, Torrington, CT. He and his wife, Amy Jones, live in Unionville, CT.
AMY JONES - VIOLIN
Amy Jones, originally from Bethlehem, PA, is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music with a Bachelor's in Applied Viola and Music Theory, and a Master's in Music Theory. She is a member of The Eastern CT Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, New Britain Symphony and Wallingford Symphony, as well as the classical music contractor for Powerstation Events in Cheshire. Amy is on the violin/viola faculty of The Community Music School in Essex and The Warner Theatre in Torrington, gives private lessons in her Unionville studio and is the upper-strings assistant at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School. She and her husband, Todd Skilton, live in Unionville, CT.
How The Podunk Throwbacks Came to Be
They met through Timmy, who brought a cd of original songs (by Todd, of course) to his violin lesson to learn as part of his bucket list. They began talking more and more about the direction Timmy should take with the music, and eventually Todd sent the email that changed their lives....declaring he wanted to start dating, but couldn't afford dinner because he was broke. Surprised by his blatant honesty, and being broke, herself, Amy made a homecooked Asian meal, complete with tofu and only chopsticks on the table to test his sense of humor...and thus began their journey.
Neither one of them wanted a relationship based only on music, so they didn't start out playing together....until 5 months later neither of them could stand it anymore! They tried it out, got a gig at Jitters Cafe in Southington, and The Podunk Throwbacks were formed! One year later, and a lifetime's worth of experiences under their belts in only a year's time, they were married....and are still playing!