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Shaun Piazza / Press

“This Augusta-based songwriter has impressive credentials, having shared the stage with acts like The Avett Brothers, Drive-By Truckers and Kevn Kinney, among others. Of those artists, I hear the most in common with the Avett boys with maybe a little Ryan Adams thrown in the mix, too. Piazza is a strong writer who can capture the heart of folk and country and present it with a modern, indie edge. His backing band includes banjo, violin and mandolin in addition to guitar, bass and drums. He's been working here in Athens with David Barbe at Chase Park Transduction Studios as of late, and that sophomore release is due out soon.”

“Over And Over is a darkly wondrous album that weaves the earnestness of Canada’s popular (at least in Canada) Northern Pikes with the uneasy tension of the best albums by The Church.The vocals of bandleader Shaun Piazza are rife with the need to communicate Piazza’s narratives of desperation, pleasing and need-based longing are beautifully written, in no way are they transparent or instantaneously ascertainable. As his voice is of a particularly soothing sort, the songs have the effect of a partner (lover, friend, family, whatever) having hesitant conversation and, while not exactly mincing words, displaying a certain apprehension about opening up completely. These guitar compositions are elegantly underscored by lap steel and viola, which serve to complete the songs rather than merely punctuate them. This is easily one of the best tune-oriented albums I’ve heard this year from any artist at any popularity level.”

"As a CD, “When the Stars Fall” is everything fans of the Shaun Piazza Band expect and a a whole lot more." “When the Stars Fall” is chock full of some tasty tunes in particular jangly rocker Scarlett, which is a unique twist on a love song, and beautiful Americana style ballad Pale Moon Light, which would appeal to fans of modern country as well as classic 70′s country rock acts like the Eagles. Fans of good fun sing-a-long tunes will definitely enjoy See the Light, a tune which got a great reaction from those in attendance at Sky City when Piazza sang “We got friends who drink all day…” "I for one believe that this is easily the best release the group has put out and if the wait had anything to do with it, it was worth it."

“The Shaun Piazza Band, second act of the evening, exhibited a striking, summery feel throughout its set that was primarily characterized by bright acoustic guitar rhythm and emotionally invested vocals. Giving a textbook example of effective crescendo, the five-part group rose to frenzied levels of energy without seeming muddy or over-the-top at any point.”

“Piazza's found his lift in the form of a sleek sedan in which he can stretch his legs, but somehow hasn't forsaken those rustic roots. The record slowburns through its ten cuts with just enough time to enjoy the widescreen scenery. Its in the area of pure songcraft where Piazza seems to have grown the most”

“Dense and direct, the album is an amalgamation of Mr. Piazza's spare lyrical style and ability to let the musicians he surrounds himself with share the sonic responsibility.The band's music is an organic animal, taking on new life in front of an audience or behind the mike in a studio. ”

“In the year and a half leading up to his first cd Mr. Piazza has captured the heart, minds and souls of area music lovers,been voted favorite lokal solo artist”

“Mr. Piazza's strong voice, makes for a unique blend of music.”

“The driving force behind The Shaun Piazza Band’s debut album seems to be disproving the theories that simplicity begets unoriginality and that no significant imprint can be made without a blind leap into the abyss. By using nearly the simplest of modi operandi – a basic but fitting drumbeat coupled with a steadily thumping bass line, an acoustic guitar, a violin and a voice – Piazza not only proves that you don’t necessarily have to be vanguard in order to leave a lasting stamp on a listener’s mind, but also uncoils the honest structure of each song, readying it for ease of digestion.”