STOMPIN’ ON THE FRONT PORCH
ROSEDALE JUNCTION AMERICAN BLUESRosedale Junction is the crossroads of traditional American born and raised blues, country, R&B and good old fashioned rock 'n' roll. FoundedbyBostonbasedmulti-instrumentalistandsongwriter,
Toby Soriero, the band released their debut album, Stompin’ on the Front Porch, in early 2021. Well reviewed, the LP was nominated for Album of the Year by Blues and Roots Radio Magazine. Their Delta blues inspired ode to Christmas, Sleigh Bell Blues, caught the attention of Joe Bonamassa,
who featured it on his Christmas Shades of Blue playlist.
Toby began playing guitar at the age of nine, having studied under Connecticut-based jazz guitarist, Ron Stebbins. After hearing and improvising along to the double album, Bobby Bland and B. B. King Together Again . . . Live, his love for the blues and passion for simple soulful music has continually grown. Coming of age in the golden era of album rock, Toby’s appreciation of various guitar players is endless. The most influential on his playing were Eric Clapton and the Three Kings; B.B., Albert and Freddie. In 2019, as a member of the acoustic blues duo, the Screwtop Sommeliers, he made it to the semi-finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2020 he said goodbye to Corporate America to focus on making music.
Rosedale Junction’s debut album, Stompin’ on the Front Porch, features 13 tracks that span multiple Americana based genres. The seven original songs, four unique covers and two outtakes include electric blues, acoustic delta blues, country, bluegrass/western swing, R&B and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll. Guest artists include industry veterans John Lee Sanders (solo artist), Joel Jorgensen (solo artist), Rachel Gavaletz (solo artist), Roger Smith (Tower of Power), Jim Riley (Rascal Flatts), Vito Gutilla (solo artist) and others.
It has been a great pleasure to discover an Amercian band called Rosedale Junction based in Boston, that recently have released their debut album “Stompin’On The Front Porch”. An album of 13 tracks that takes you on a trip through the various styles of blues such as electric blues, acoustic delta blues, country, bluegrass/western swing, RnB and of course good old rock ‘n’ roll.
There is no doubt about it, an album full of variations allowing you to visit with your mind different angles of our beloved blues.
I was very shocked and happy to find out that Toby Soriero comes from an italian family originally from Campania and town called Colliano not far from Salerno. It’s great to see that the italian DNA spreads thoughout the world and bringing to life outstanding blues.
This is certainly an album to check out and I can only say that if this is the debut album, we can’t wait to see what is next to come.
By Robert James Ucciero - Blues Highway.it