"It’s all about the music.” (Bill Curreri)
"Long Time Gone, the debut album from singer-songwriter Bill Curreri celebrates American music and the chords of American life. An album of remarkable emotional clarity, Curreri’s blends personal experiences and poetic lyrics together to create a set about life and lessons learned along the way.
Drawing from his myriad of musical influences, Curreri presents the listener with an organic soundscape. Each track is familiar yet has it’s own purpose, crafted with soaring harmonies, layers of guitar, and a haunting B3 organ under Curreri’s ‘front and center’ vocals.
An impressive group of world-class musicians came together for the, Long Time Gone session. Co-produced by Grammy Award Winning drummer: Sammy Merendino (Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Foreigner, ZiggyMarley and Pat Methany), former Bob Dylan fiddler/guitarist David Mansfield, a Grammy Award Winner in his own right, is also on the date. Mansfield’s impressive CV includes three albums with Dylan, work on the ‘Rolling Thunder Review’, and as a founding member of ‘Bruce Hornsby And The Range,’ his work on The Way It Is helped earn the record an RIAA platinum album. Mansfield has also received Gold certificates for 2 more Dylan CDs – Desire and Hard Rain.
Rounding out the esembele are John Putnam on guitars (Madonna, Cher, David Johansen, Jimmy Cliff, John Denver and J. Geils), Chris Palmaro on keyboards (Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Sting, James Taylor, Jeff Beck, Joan Osbourne), and Co-producer/Bassist Roger Fife (Cyndi Lauper, Antony and the Johnsons, The Infadels, Fat Boy Slim, Tricky, Jagz Kooner, Desmond Dekker, Fischer Z and Ruby Blue).
Each song on Long Time Gone tells another story, about life, love, and loss, but also about stories about dedication, selflessness, friendship, and the randomness of the world. Curreri commented: “I think growing up
in Greenwich Village, with its historical roots and socially conscious activities has inspired me to write and play this music. It’s all about the music.” by Joe Ross, CD Insight 11/30/12