Pat Guadagno offers tribute and stirring interpretations of classic covers on new album ‘1964’

By on July 11, 2023

Pat Guadagno’s long career has made him a folk legend, both in culture and musical style, known for his rousing and spot-on performance style and his unique interpretations of other artists’ work. Part of the musical fabric of the historic Jersey Shore,  Guadagno is well recognized internationally by guitar magazines for his almost supernatural and mistake-free guitar technique: From raucous, invigorated strumming to tender finger-picking a showcase of Guadagno’s mastery of the acoustic guitar.” – Acoustic Guitar World. After decades of delivering the songs of both better-healed and lesser-known songwriters, with a soothing unflinching tenor, the ‘well-traveled troubadour’ has released a stirring homage to some of the artists who helped him discover and keep his passion. His stage presence has earned him more accolades than his folksy ancestors can shake a proverbial stick at. However, this folk artist gives the impression that he cares very little for all those accolades, and 1964 is the proof.

I tried to produce this new album, with the innocence of the child who first heard these songs. We listen to music with different ears as we age. Back then the magic came through the speakers without reference or perspective. Songs were unexplained and meant something different to everyone. What we saw, with eyes closed, could never be captured in a video. I included some of the songs that reached me, that year, in ways I could never describe. There is no message or theme here; just an homage to the year magic happened and a musical renaissance ensued.

Holding songwriters in the highest regard, Guadagno’s respectful treatment of their work has a dedicated fanbase re-discovering their music, many preferring his versions to the originals. Genuine in his belief that music should be shared not archived, Guadagno wants everyone to feel what he felt when he first discovered ‘magic’.

His music is featured in Showtime’s award-winning Calfornication and films like Warrior Road, Rock, and a Heart Place, and won ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2022 Garden State Film Festival. The musical director on METV’s Big Variety Show has released six albums wherein he collaborated with jazz legend John Tropea and Grammy award winner Keb Mo’, headlines festivals from Toronto Canada to Zihuatanejo Mexico, and performed Our National Anthem at Major League football and baseball stadiums across the US.

Speak to any musician or even anyone who’s passionate about music and the feeling Guadagno describes is universal: we all know it and we all remember where we were when we first heard that song that hooked us. For Guadagno, it was an entire era, and that’s what 1964 is comprised of his own personal golden age. And a good age it was, with songs from legends like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Animals, Tom Paxton, Eric Anderson, and more, Guadagno puts his practiced spin on each one and makes them his own. 

When He’s not performing reverent, theatrical tributes to Van Morrison, Tom Waits, Hank Williams, John Prine, and Bob Dylan, Guadagno can be found in the Florida Keys, entertaining audiences and annoying golfers in a lifelong struggle to break 100, and the dress code at the finest Golf Courses in the world.

Stream “1964” on Spotify.

Musician Names/Instruments:
Pat Guadagno- Guitars, Vocals
John Tropea – Guitar
Rob Paparozzi – Harmonica
Mary McCrink -Vocals
Alex Jenkins – ContraBass
Gary Oleyar – Violin
Producer Name(s):Pat Guadagno, Phil Ludwig

Official Website:
Apple: Pat Guadagno on Apple Music
Spotify: Pat Guadagno | Spotify
YouTube Channel: Pat Guadagno – YouTube

Artist Biography: 
Pat Guadagno’s unconventional stylings and unique interpretations found an
International audience when his music was featured in the Award-winning SHOWTIME series Californication , and the Highly acclaimed film Warrior Road. Deeply rooted, but not mired in the Historic Jersey Shore music scene, the Musical Director for METV’s Big Variety Show, has released 6 albums filled with musical surprises including collaborations with Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ Hall of Famer Buck Dharma, Jazz legend John Tropea and Dove Award winner, Steven Delopoulos.

An avid sports fan, Guadagno performs Our National Anthem at ballparks and stadiums across the country. The high point came at an NFL Playoff game before 80,000 fans watched those hated Dallas Cowboys fall to his beloved NY Giants on their way to winning Super Bowl XLVI. the well-traveled troubadour continues to garner high praise and rave reviews as he Headlines events from Canada (the Toronto Film Festival) to Zihuantanejo the Festival de la Guitarra . Winter months, find the self-proclaimed Saloon Singer in the Caribbean, and Key West, entertaining audiences, and annoying golfers in a lifelong struggle to break 100, and the dress code at the finest Golf Courses in the Southern Hemisphere.

Press Quotes:
“A well-traveled troubadour with a remarkable repertoire…A musical journey, an always unpredictable ride” – The New York Times

“Talk about breathing new life into old chestnuts …This Guy is Big Time” – Vin Scelsa – Idiots Delight

“From raucous, invigorated strumming to tender finger-picking a showcase of Guadagno’s mastery of the acoustic guitar.” — Acoustic Guitar World

“What sets him apart is his refusal to perform the songs in anything resembling their original style, and his effortless intuitiveness
gives them new meanings.”
 – Music City News

“Sporting an appealingly raspy voice, a clean, straightforward style of dynamic guitar playing, and a wonderful knack for bringing a
simple song to exceptionally exciting and energetic life
 – Jersey Beat

“Using a strong strumming technique and gentle melodic finger picking, Guadagno’s style, content and interpretation of others material, grabs you by the ears and forces you to listen – The Trentonian

All too infrequently we have the bittersweet pleasure of feeling music viscerally, goose bumps and that feeling between sadness and indescribable joy that twinkles down our spine. It is music we want to hear again and again – we just can’t get enough – MARTHA’S VINEYARD TIMES

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