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40amp.fuse

by 40amp.fuse

Songwriter Sean Amato bought his first vinyl record at Leo's Stereo in Covina Ca. 1977 Footloose and Fancy Free by Rod Stewart. Ive always loved Storys & Imagery So Credence Clearwater, Tom Petty, Faces, and the Stones. Van Morrison Thats RocknRoll!
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Get Down Easy
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2. Down by the River
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3. Tumble Dry
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4. The Juke Box Song
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5. Down with the Jam
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6. Carolina Shore
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7. Keep on Rollin'
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8. Big Stars
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9. Crazy
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10. No One Around
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Here's how 40Amp.fuse happened. As a kid Sean Amato,spent all his free time listening to Vinyl Records. It was waiting for the record to be released, going to Tower Records in West Covina to get it; usually with 2-3 pals, actually opening the album in the car and looking at all the pictures and passing it around oh so carefully! Then you'd get home and drop the needle down with the stereo cranked which normally wasn't all that loud because people didn't have nice Stereos. Growing up in the Seventies was an amazing time and sounds were changing fast and in a way that kids today don't understand; like that crunchy 3 chord guitar part you hear in a song like Do ya Do ya Want My Love by ELO. those sounds were exhilarating and you'd listen to a song ten times just to hear that guitar play those 3 chords. Then Van Halen turned the whole song into ecstasy which eventually ruined all the foreplay music had to offer. Nowadays kids assume those sounds always existed. Having an older sister Amato woke up to a Christmas gift of Cheap Trick Sold Out on New Years Eve at the Los Angeles Great Western Forum! Sean was only 13 and the party started. Amato got to see what Live at Budokan was really like and realized ,"I wanna do that!" Sean tells the story of how he rode his bike 4 miles to the Fret house in Covina and bought his first Cherry Red Les Paul copy. He tortured all his neighbors and family and then his drummer's neighbors and family till eventually it started sounding good. Amato formed his first band in 1989 called Fiction Alley which Started out sounding like Crowded House meets CCR that evolved into GnR meets James Brown. After selling out several LA Hollywood clubs like the Roxy, Whiskey and Troubadour, they were discovered by Jeff Blue who before Lincoln Park and all the other bands he worked for, spotted them at the Troubadour playing to a capacity crowd. Due to differences in direction Blue and Amato didn't see eye to eye, and Screamer Magazines best unsigned LA band imploded! Amato spent 10 years trying to rehearse and get good talent back to the table to no avail and after being suicidal, decided to do a studio album. Sending a demo to John Avila of Oingo Boingo who suprisingly replied and felt Amato had some nice songs. Sean with the help of Barry Wood and John Avila gathered up some great talent and put a CD together called "Full on Package Deal". Amato not using his name called the band "Podgiegaloop", available on CD Baby. The name came from his younger brother's nickname that he used to tease for so many years. Podgiegaloop ended up on the NBC morning news and like the Fiction Alley project "Soulrythmicgroove" all the songs on both albums were used in their entirety in HBO level TV & Film: Chris Ameruoso's Stars and Pets which aired on Animal Planet featuring Pamela Anderson and Slash from Guns and Roses. Despite all the success that Podgiegaloop had, NAPSTER happened and the Biz was gone. So over a decade of connections were completely gone! Depression struck again and Amato decided he would never play music again other than for the love of it. Amato focussed on his skills and kept writing. He started paying attention to tone and getting in touch with what was real in music and gravitated back to his roots; CCR, Faces, Stones, Petty etc. Amato decided he would not make another record unless players wanted to play on his record because they wanted to play with him doing great songs. As he focused on playing for fun and doing his own thing, over time he meditated himself into a band with two guys he had dreamed of playing with. Gratz Arias & Jamie Hunting.
Backing up a couple years he had moved to "Boulder Colorado" This opened his eyes and ears to a whole new world of honest homegrown music and he played every day and night as the token 70 rocker! Everyone there was folky and being from California with his rock n roll background made him an anomaly of sorts. After relocating back to California Amato was invited to a pro-jam by Kent Woods at JayDee's ran by NBC's Joe Rico and Sammy Sanchez, in Alhambra,CA where he ran into Gratz. He jokingly tells Gratz that if he needs a front man to call him. Gratz bought Sean a drink and politely asked for his number and called the next day saying "Jamie the guy from the Roger Daltry Band wanted to do a new project and asked if Amato had any gigs?" So Sean lined up a gig & called Gratz to ask when he wanted to rehearse? "We don't rehearse, we will be as good as you are" So, they started playing in a cover band and after two years Amato got a phone call from long time friend and producer Barry Wood. Barry said something like "What happened to you, you haven't done anything for 15 years" etc. So Amato told him he had learned how to play guitar a lot better & is now playing with guys from The WHO, Roger Daltry, Matchbox 20, Walter Trout, Al Green etc. Barry asked Amato to send a few songs just him and his guitar singing on his iPhone. Barry called Amato and offered to Comp him 14 days in the studio which turned into about 17 days. All these great players came together literally for gas & lunch except Gratz for some reason he was tied up and didn't respond to a few messages and Amato just willed it in the Cosmos. Everyday they were doing sessions and players showed up and they got it all done in the vein of Tom Petty meets Neil Young or John Fogerty with a pedal Steel guitar of Kelly Moore. A more recent comparison would be Wilco and Ryan Adams. Unfortunately they had no back up vocals and Barry was going to Colorado for two weeks to do a country album with Tom Ross. Amato got to thinking the best singer he had ever heard lived in Manitou Springs Colorado which is 30 minutes from Tom Ross' studio. So he jumped on a plane and his violin player from Boulder, Joel Hayes met him at the airport to give his car keys and house keys while Joel was leaving to Africa. Talk about the power of meditation! Amato literally got off the plane walked four or five terminals over gave Joel a hug grabbed his keys and spent the next few days recording Fairlight Moriah DeTorres at Tom Ross' Studio. After that they all took the party train to Boulder & set up Barry's Studio in Joel's bedroom, "Surprise!" Amato called up one of the best guitar players in Colorado, Chris Connelly who played in a band with Jim Tesone, Eric House and Doug Stewart from "Doc Haze". Chris plays guitar for "Full Belly" the premier band in Boulder. They added a song on the album that is a live acoustic performance of Chris, Sean and Fairlight. Then Sean came back home and realized two songs' guitar solos weren't working so he met with David Schmidhuber at Larry Jackson's studio and Larry recorded David's solo for the Jukebox song trying to get a tone like Neil Schon on "Lights". Amato - " I don't think it came out that way but we liked what we did". Then Frank Simes came off the road playing keys for The WHO and Jaime Hunting asked Frank if he'd drop the guitar solo in on Carolina Shore and make it really "Stonsey". Frank played with Mick Jagger on Wandering Spirit album so he knows all about the Stonesy feel & tone!
You can go to the 40ampfuse web site and see who else played on the record it is very live and organic and we didn't fix everything with pro tools. If we sang off key a bit or the time moved a smidge you'll hear it. We kept it real and 40 Amp.fuse says "NO" to contrived Music. Now let's get the phone ringing and go play some Honkytonkrocknrollyeahhhh!!!!!!!!! We have a web site and FB page too! We can be contacted. Risa Leeann-Manager (909)268-4884.

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Florida Bob

Best new artist and production I've heard in years!
This CD has the means to grab you with the gutsy sound of Amato's vocals and songs with hooks that keep you going back for more. First class production and the mix is cracking right in your face. The backing talent is first class and the songs bring you home, where ever home might be, with powerful vocal harmonies and instrumentation that evokes timeless, Americana flavored, boogie rocking blues. A friend of mine turned me on to this CD and I bought six more to give as presents to my musician buddies. Spread the word, this is good stuff!!
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Joaquin Lopez

First class Southern Rock
Terrific album. If Chris Robinson would listen , sure he will give thumps up. Echoes of , "Exile Stones era, Neil Young or nowadays people like Israel Nash Gripka. Memorable midtempo rockers like "Carolina shore" Outstanding guitar ballads like "Big stars" made of this great debut one of the best surprises of the year in the Americana field.
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Mary Ann

Vintage storyteller rock album
Lots of excellent guitar playing, great lyrics, great music. Brings to mind some vintage Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, some Lindsay Buckingham. Especially love "Keep on Rollin'", "Big Stars", "Tumble Dry"...not a bad cut on the CD. I want to hear more!
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Mike

Kick back and unwind....
What an amazing album. The songwriting and musicianship are top notch end to end. Mr. Amato doesn't just tell terrific stories, he's paints a picture with his words. These are the kinds of songs that transport you to a different yet familiar place. 40amp.fuse will make an incredible soundtrack to summer, perfect for sitting on the porch swing on a warm evening, cold drink in one hand and that special someone in the other. If you're a fan of the storytelling of Tom Petty, John Denver in the musical style of Neil Young... 40amp.fuse is a must listen! Grab a copy and enjoy.
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Aaron Hendra

Authentic southern roots rock oozing with charm and grit!
This is a world class album packed full of authentic songs and performances. Outstanding blues rock and slide guitar tones, authentic driving grooves and soulful gritty southern rock style vocals combine to take you on a road trip to true Americana! Black Crowes and Tom Petty fans will enjoy this album.
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Suzie Jagger Richards

I Love This CD
Feeling so lucky to get a copy of this CD... I'm someone who can listen to Exile on Main St. on repeat indefinitely, and 40 Amp Fuse feels like more Exile to me. What could be better than MORE EXILE!! You've gotta listen to this. Love this band.
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