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The Parade

by Artie Tobia

Americana~Acoustic rock with a touch of country and blues. Strong vocals,lyrics to listen to, and slide guitar. Ear Candy. Click on the links of the left margin for Still in the Way and Chase the Sun.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Time We Spent In Memphis
4:56 $0.99
2. Mercy Wright
3:20 $0.99
3. The Parade
4:40 $0.99
4. Saddest of Tattoos
2:59 $0.99
5. Sam's Song
2:14 $0.99
6. Dogwood Tree Blues
2:19 $0.99
7. Trouble Always Has A way To Find You
4:07 $0.99
8. Fifty Dollar Bill
3:17 $0.99
9. Flowers Of Evil
4:09 $0.99
10. Forgotten Souls
3:08 $0.99
11. The Sky is Falling
4:32 $0.99
12. Moonlight
3:43 $0.99
13. Bye Bye Daddy
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Album Notes
A contemplative approach to lyrical content matched with a voice that is full of integrity, Artie captures the attention of listeners instantly. He is not your watered down commercial artist relying on a formula to draw you in. Instead he uses his skill as a keen observer of life, people and the moments that most of us barely even notice, to empathize with people from all walks of life.

He cites and writes with the honest emotion of a person just trying to get through the maze of hurdles and obstacles, we all call life. He is not surprised by the range of comparisons that are made to Bruce Springsteen, Delbert Mclinton, Don Henley,John Mellencamp or the Allman Brothers, among others. He has always had an independent spirit as a listener which pays off for him as a songwriter and a performer.

His debut CD, ~ The Parade (Red Tail Hawk Records 2001 ), is a diverse collection of stories. A slice of Americana, (a blend of rock, folk, country and blues), the music has "temerity and twang", according to one reviewer.
For The Parade, a band was assembled with some of New York, Nashville and Austin's finest musicians.
Mark Barden(The Cox Family and Michael Martin Murphy) along with Dennis Brown (Doug Stone, Alan Jackson),provide beautiful slide, acoustic and electric guitars. They are supported by the rhythm section of Rob Garcia (Flying Neutrinos and Woody Allan's New Orleans Band) and
Mark Andes ( Heart , Firefall ) on bass. Cindy "Crosby" Crossley adds beautiful background harmonies and vocals.
Nashville session players Tim Lusby on pedal steel, Jim Young on organ, Lisa Zanghi on piano and Alan Johnson on fiddle, round out the effort, allowing the lyrics and vocals to shine.

Artie is the founder and a regular performer in the Traveling Songwriters Show, which features a growing collection of, regional and national singer songwriters, including Marc Douglas Berardo, Chris Brown, KJDenhert, Nicole Mckenna, Jenny Reynolds, Jeff Twardzik, Erik Balkey and Trina Hamlin. The show is fast making a name for itself one not to be missed.

Performing primarily in an acoustic duo with long time friend and guitar mentor Mark Barden. Artie plays 150 shows a year in NYC and the surrounding area, this has allowed him to fine tune his skills as a songwriter." A warm acoustic guitar, a crisp vocal and a good story have always caught my ear when listening to other performers." he says.
Now it is his own guitar and stories that delight audiences.

Artie will release his next CD, Still in The Way, with his band 5 OCLOCK SHADOW in early 2003 it is all about blues and groove on this effort

He has also begun work on his next CD , tentatively called The Sun, The Wind and The Moon, it will be a raw and simple acoustic and vocal CD.

The Parade

Artie Tobia is a street poet...he certainly deserves a listening more than once, and don't be surprised to find yourself recommending his collection to a friend. The word deserves to be spread.
~ Charlie Lore
Petry TV

It's a very fine CD with a lot of superb songs like Mercy Wright, The Parade, Time We Spent in Memphis, Sam's Song, Fifty Dollar Bill and more..There are many influences like Americana, Roots, Country, Blues and Southern ~ Joachim Domrath
Home of Rock Magazine ~ Germany

When, I heard Artie Tobia performing at Coffeehouse with The Traveling Songwriters Show, I was struck by his honesty and energy...
~ Benjamin Howe
Concordiensis, Union College

I hear so many stories in these songs. I also hear Artie Tobia's voice on Mercy Right (Mercy Right, Mercy Right, I need you tonight) resound with emotion and intelligence.
...Artie is reaching down in himself and giving you everything.

~ Mark Damon Puckett
Main Attractions Productions

This man can write some stories. Yes. That being said Artie Tobia has the expressive qualities in his voice that can only come from knowing he is singing his songs, his way. The Parade has diverse mix of country-folk, rockers, some R & B and a swingy blues number.
~ Alternate Country .com

Artie has developed a reputation as a hardworking performer that never grows tired of the show or the fans.
... and originals consisting of deep, heart-felt lyrics rich in imagery, contain something for everyone. The Parade, brings a slice of Americana to the city with its diverse story telling and blend of rock, country, folk and blues.

The Parade features deeply personal songs... describing moments of American realism such as those sung by Bruce Springsteen.
~ Alex Halperin
Standard Star/Journal News

I've enjoyed listening to your songs and great music.I will give your disc regular airplay on my radio show.

~Raymond Swennen
Roots Revival Radio



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I like many songs in this album especially!!! 50 $$ bill
so powerful VOICE!! great music I love the sound of




a tapestry of sound
Every sound, every note,and every word draws a picture, and every picture tells a story. Stories in which you can imagine have happened in your own life -creating a tapestry of people and places that you have seen before. Drawing upon your own life experiences, The Sky is Falling takes you to a time where you can remember the glow of the lamp and the scent of the trees in your own backyard, giving the listener a feeling of coming home. From the very first line on the CD ,... I was looking to light a can hear and feel the earthy texture in Artie's voice. Add
that with the driving rhythm of Forgotton Souls and Fifty Dollar Bill, and he gives you a combination of sounds that make you want to move. At other times the combination of the female vocalist creates a wonderful harmony that brings the song into perfect balance. In the final song, Bye Bye Daddy, Artie sings and speaks from his heart,...tears rolled down my face the first time I listened.

Eugene McLeer

Somebody get me a tissue
This raw, heartfelt microcosm of American life, by a true real life, no holds barred, lay it on the line visionary had me reaching for a tissue repeatedly. Very moving stuff. By the way the guitar work is outstanding.

Jimmy Lesh

Wrap Yourself Up in Americana
The Parade? it should have been called the blanket, it is a tapestry of Americana. I haven't heard anything so real since Robin ford's second album. Mercy Wright, That Was The Time we spent in Memphis, truly treasures!

There was atime when music was played by musicians and Buzzy Lindhart was still vital, this takes me back to that time!
Wrap yourself up in an american masterpiece!!!!!!

Laura Griffin

Great music, lyric and voice.
Artie Tobia has put a lot of heart, as well as soul, into this album. He's a great singer/songwriter/storyteller. The lyrics are vivid and the songs stay with you long after the music is over.

underground willie

keeps getting better
keeps getting better with each listen. i like the time we spent in memphis, the parade and bye bye daddy. good stuff.

Antonio V.

Easy listening for no matter where you are.
Artie Tobia’s Parade can be best characterized as a smooth album, perfectly suited for easy listening, whether it be while at the office, or sitting in traffic during the ride home. Tobia blends several musical styles such as folk, American rock, and even a hint of jazz with honest, heartfelt lyrics to create a CD that is a welcome addition to any collection. Tobia’s gentle voice shuns belting or whining of lyrics that permeate most new rock releases nowadays. In short, this is a solid release that warrants all the attention it receives


dude. this cd is one of my all time favorites. like, im this like, hard rock/rap kinda kid, and i still like this cd its so cool!! YEAH ARTIE


Awesome cd from an underated gifted singer-songwriter filled w/ solid tracks.
As a fan of singer/songwriters, Artie Tobia is a great discovery. His voice has great range and the lyrics are honest and at times, intense. The tracks Mercy Wright and The Parade are going to stick in your mind! I highly recommend giving Artie a listen. This is an awesome cd from an underated gifted singer-songwriter filled with solid tracks.

Andrew Tobia

this cd is great. you can listen to it any time. going to sleep, driving around, working, hanging out. absolutely anywhere, anytime. its blend of rock, folk, blues, and even a tad bit of a jazz-ish sound, makes it music for all sorts of listeners, and no collection would be complete without it.....INCLUDING YOURS this cd definetly isnt a cd that u buy, and then only like one song, and is a cd i think i couldnt go without after listening to it just once
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