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Lonely At The Bottom

by The Knobs

If The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had a child ,it would be The Knobs.The perfect marriage of Roots based Rock'N'Roll, and Americana
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Heart In My Hand
4:24 album only
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2. Lonely At The Bottom
4:32 album only
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3. If You See Louise
3:45 album only
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4. Everyday
6:14 album only
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5. Beer Money
4:34 album only
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6. Catch Me
4:00 album only
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7. Rain
3:27 album only
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8. Come Back Home
4:31 album only
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9. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
4:36 album only
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10. My Boys Won't Be Soldiers
5:51 album only
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11. Big Ass Chevy
3:48 album only

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Kevin (The Camera Guy) - guestbook entry (Oct 24, 2005)

There must be something in the water down in Biddle
THE KNOBS! "Lonely at the Bottom" is a rockin' good time from the first notes of "Heart in My Hand" to the haunting and poigniant "My Boys Won't Be Soldiers." There's a little bit of everything in this compilation of 10 original tunes and one cover,; actually more of a dead-on tribute to a little English group named after some kind of bugs, The Beatles classic, "Rain". The title track, "Lonely at The Bottom" has a great "live" lead-in and, like all of these Johnny Marsiglio penned tracks, a great hook that snags you on the first cast. There must be something in the water down in Biddle. The Knobs deliver a sound that is true to the blue-collar roots of the miners and mill workers that once populated the area. These are hard livin', hard lovin' songs that knock the gloss of the mass produced and rubber-stamped C-R-A-P that passes for music today. And... These guys can actually PLAY their instruments! (What a concept) If you live for Rock n' Roll, then you'll love "Lonely at the Bottom". It's enough to make you want to jump in your "Big Ass Chevy" and check 'em out live. The Knobs are the real deal! Kevin (The Camera Guy) Indiana, PA
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By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh-area group that's not afraid of the b-word
In the pursuit of being something more adventurous, some musicians might take offense at the term "bar-rock." Not John Marsiglio of the Knobs.

"I think it's an honor to be a great bar band," he says. "You know, anyone can go in the studio and have it sound really good. It's tough when you're standing in front of those people and maybe they're not even there to see you. If you connect on that level, that's what rock 'n' roll is. It's Saturday night, drinking beer and let's go."

Marsiglio has spent a lot more time in bars than studios over his 25 years with the Knobs. But the singer, songwriter and guitarist from Biddle, Westmoreland Co., recently bit the bullet and came out with the band's second record, "Lonely at the Bottom," a CD that captures a unit with multiple personalities. There are gritty Houserockers- and Jukes-style rave-ups, songs that verge on power pop and '60s psychedelia, a delicate acoustic ballad and a faithful cover of the Beatles' "Rain."

"I've been doing this a long time and have a lot of influences," he says. "I've been playing Chuck Berry in bars for like 40 years, so I have that and that Stones thing. The power-pop stuff, I like the Beatles and the Raspberries, ,and that influences me. If you listen to 'Everyday,' I was shooting for a Buffalo Springfield thing. I put on the songs I was feeling at the time. I liked that diversity. That's one of the things I liked about the Beatles. They were all over the place. I know, it's hard to categorize it. I just tried to write the best songs that I could."

Most of them deal with relationships, but Marsiglio ends with the record with a protest song called "My Boys Won't Be Soldiers" that declares "When Uncle Sam comes a-callin', we'll tell him we gave in the past."

"My grandfather was in World War I, that was based on our family," Marsiglio says. "The part about Vietnam, I had a lot of friends who went there, and that was a composite of what they told me. I'm a real anti-war guy. I'm not happy with the current administration. I watch this stuff and it just makes me insane."

The record was produced by Dave Hanner, of Corbin Hanner fame, who became like an extra band member during the recording.

"He got really involved," Marsiglio says. "Some of the stuff, I thought we were done with the songs. He'd play them back and I'd say, 'Dave, did you put piano on here?' I loved what he did. On 'My Boys Won't Be Soldiers' he added the organ part, and it gave the song another dimension."

The Knobs will celebrate the disc with a release party at the Manor American Legion in Westmoreland County and, as usual, will rev up the crowd with a healthy mix of originals and rock 'n' roll covers -- like any bar band would.

"Sometimes I see these bands playing these huge venues and I'm thinking, 'That can't be fun,' " Marsiglio says. "In a bar, the people are on top of you, you know immediately how they're feeling. When they start dancing, you can feed off the energy a lot. The intimacy of it as great."
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Kathleen Deguffroy

AWESOME AWESOME LOVING IT
Just wanted to say congrats to the band on and awesome cd! The 15 cd gifts I gave, brought alot of joy to friends & family this holiday season! I loved every song, actually in my computer constantly while I'm working, In the the truck while on the road. Every song has such an unnique sound and of course I have favorites, like Heart In My Hand,Lonely at the Bottom, Everyday, My boys won't be soldiers, But might as well name them all because I love them all!!! Keep up the great work, looking forward to the next cd. Love you guys & gals always!! Best wishes in 2006 for and awesome year!!
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