Making a Scene presents an interview with Anthony Geraci
For almost 40-years pianist, Hammond organist and composer Anthony Geraci has played behind some of the most influential blues musicians of the 20th century. He is an original member of both Sugar Ray & the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and has been recognized for his contributions on numerous albums by nominations from both the Blues Music Awards and the Grammys.
Shining Stone Records announces the signing of multi-Blues Music Award nominee Anthony Geraci, Why Did You Have To Go is the highly anticipated second release by this critically acclaimed Blues pianist and Anthony’s first on Shining Stone Records, This electrifying performance of Anthony’s thirteen original compositions features an extraordinary array of musicians: Sugaray Rayford, Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Jimi Bott, Michael Mudcat Ward, Kid Ramos, Michelle Evil Gal Willson, Sax Gordon, Willie Laws, Dennis Brennan, Marty Richards, Doug Woolverton, Willie J. Campbell, Troy Gonyea, Willie J. Laws, Brian Templeton and Neil Gouvin.
.The CD package also features extensive liner notes by respected journalist and editor of Blues Music Magazine, Art Tipaldi.
“As a songwriter and arranger, I chose each musician for their individual talents that I knew would sound awesome on the songs they were singing and playing on,” Geraci says about the album sessions. “The recording process can always be a daunting experience. Being surrounded by musicians that are your friends is a very special feeling. I played music with many of these musicians for almost 40 years, others more recently. As the ‘producer,’ it was my job to get the material to everyone, coordinate the studio(s), and make sure everyone could make the dates – not an easy task especially with these many in-demand musicians! I wrote some of the songs while in Clarksdale, Mississippi – ‘Why Did You Have to Go’ and ‘Baptized in the River Yazoo.’ Most of the other songs were written at my home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, from notes I make while I’m on the road. If you keep your eyes and ears open you never know what ideas might happen. I try and tell a story with each song…a short narrative that people can relate to.”