Brian Fitzpatrick | Further Down The Line

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Further Down The Line

by Brian Fitzpatrick

Songwriter oriented Rock n' Roll.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Madonna in Rags
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2. Further Down the Line
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3. Stuck in Boston
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4. Shoot the Moon
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5. Across the Water
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6. Valhalla
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7. Drunk in Vegas
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8. Far From Thee
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9. Miracle
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10. Sweet Maria Reprise
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11. Lose Your Love
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12. For Mr. Brown...wherever You Are
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"She was barefoot and it was November...kinda struck me, I guess." So goes NJ singer/songwriter Brian Fitzpatrick's explanation behind "Madonna In Rags", the opening track from his fourth and latest album, Further Down The Line. In a broader sense, however, it might be said this quote offers a concise explanation of the album and its purpose as a whole. Comprised of a dozen character-driven songs, much of the work's focus is on introducing the listener to a band of society's lost - and/or those who one day could be.
On the gently melodic "Valhalla", for example, Fitzpatrick recalls a childhood friend, who was murdered after a long stint in an abusive drug treatment program. "She was a big influence on me musically and spiritually," Fitzpatrick says, adding, "it's not a song I like to play but I do it as a reminder and because of a promise I made." Similar forces drive a second of the album's ballads, "Across The Water." Written for another friend, this one sexually abused, the song is "an examination of her situation, and a man with good intentions who loves her and just can't understand it...unfortunately, I think the theme of abuse reared its head several times on this record. Not really songs I like to write."
As one might expect, someone exploring such deep topics also needs a bit of emotional and artistic relief...as do, quite arguably, his listeners. And, this relief Fitzpatrick deftly delivers in the form of mid-tempo numbers such as "Shoot The Moon" (featuring guest vocals from Garth Kravitz), the piano-driven "Far From Thee", crunching rocker "Drunk In Vegas" and the longtime live (full band) show standard, "Sweet Maria Reprise" - a song, incidentally, which also appeared on his prior album, State of Grace. With regard to the last of these Fitzpatrick says, "We had a lot of questions from fans as to why this was never released like we played it live...well, now it is!"
Fitzpatrick spent his early twenties touring Europe and the U.S with various hardcore bands - a pursuit that proved highly successful on a material level, but one that left him, on a personal plane, feeling strangely unfulfilled. As a result, Fitzpatrick abruptly quit the hardcore scene in 1997, and by 1998 had already discovered his Other Side - a collection of personal reflections and a mix of musical styles that became his debut album. A wave of local appearances and a second album followed (When I Bleed, 2000). Yet, despite this modest success and an ever-growing fan base, before heading into the studio with the songs for his third effort, Fitzpatrick felt some changes were in order to more adequately translate his live performance quality into his recorded work. Toward this end, he teamed with producer Jerry Jones (The Fiendz, Factoids, Plug Uglies) and engineer Tim Gilles of Jersey City's Big Blue Meanie Studios (Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sebastion Bach, Susanna Hoffs) to create his artistic breakthrough, State of Grace, released in March 2002. And it is this team, along with the now firmly established band lineup of Fitzpatrick on guitar and vocals, Jay Forsythe on bass, Rich DeCicco on drums, and Ed Fritz on keyboards and accordion, that have come together once again to create this latest work...a work that fully explains why Rolling Stone declared Fitzpatrick "a writer to keep an eye on", and a musical adventure sure to prove rewarding for all who care to journey with him...Further Down The Line.

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Rebecca

If you get the chance, you need to see Brian perform live.
I bought this album at a live show. Like his live performances, this album is full of emotion and passion, and holds something missing from today's mainstream offerings. Powerful and moving, I still get choked up when I listen to "Madonna in Rags" and "Valhalla".
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Mil

Inspired songwriting, masterful musicianship. Easily among my favorite releases
A wonderfully full artistic journey featuring well-written songs, performed by consummate musicians. Easily among my favorite releases of 2004.
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Lisa P.

The Art of Songwriting Lies Within
Like so many good things in my life, Brian Fitzpatrick's music was introduced to me by a dear friend. Now, like that friend, Brian's music holds a special place in my life. Only a select group of artists stand there. Solid musicianship compelling lyrical tales and a subtle urgency in his vocals that intrigues me so, there's no wonder why I keep Brian's work close--especially in the middle of a cold winter's night when I really need a song.
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Matty Z

"The lost art of Storytelling. Great Songs Great Vibe what more can you ask for!
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