American Proust

Frank Marzano

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Produced by Mike Miller (Acoustic Ear Candy), Frank's third album reprises familiar elements (catchy melodies, quirky chord changes, clever lyrics) while drawing from a wider palette (blues, funk, country, jazz).

Thematically, the lyrics paint a picture of middle-age angst: missed opportunities ("Love's the Only Way Home", "Don't Throw Your Love Away"), difficulties of finding romantic partners later in life ("Slow and Steady"), and the ever-present specter of old age ("Golden Years").

Features Joshua Mayes (The King's Express) on bass, John Caruso (Tennessee Backporch) on drums, and Adam McKillip (The Probables) on mandolin.

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The Boy Who Always Got Picked Last

Frank Marzano

Beatlesque power pop with quirky chord changes and clever lyrics. Mainly classic rock, but also incorporating elements of other styles (i.e. folk, grunge, hip-hop).

With his third CD, Frank progresses beyond Merseybeat and incorporates elements from other genres (folk, grunge, hip-hop). The focus has been sharpened (the disc clocks in at a lean 50:06), yet classic Marzano trademarks still remain (memorable melodies, hook-laden riffs, and clever lyrics). If you prefer three-chord country-folk songs, THE BOY WHO ALWAYS GOT PICKED LAST probably won't win you over, but if you like well-produced pop music with an emphasis on songwriting, this is an indispensable addition to your CD collection.

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But Enough About Me

Frank Marzano

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Frank combines Beatlesque pop-rock with unusual chord changes and a wry sense of humor.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Frank began playing guitar and writing songs in high school. During the 1980's, Frank co-founded the band Childhood's End, which gigged regularly throughout the Chicago area until breaking up in 1991.

Frank continued to hone his guitar and songwriting skills with the acquisition of a 4-track tape recorder. In 1995, he relocated to Edinboro, PA, and in 1999 he recorded his first CD, FOUL WEATHER FRIEND.

After the release of FOUL WEATHER FRIEND, Frank took his trusty Gibson and began playing acoustic gigs throughout northwest Pennsylvania to support the CD. During the summer of 2001, Frank began recording for what would eventually become his follow-up CD.

Frank recorded on and off for the next five years, playing 6- and 12-string guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, keyboards, and percussion. By the end of 2006 he had assembled enough material for another CD, BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME.

The music on BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME is a cheerful hodge-podge of Beatlesque pop-rock, ballads, doo-wop, and folk, tackling such diverse subjects as romance, city life, divorce and single motherhood. Frank's songs have been described as "Beatlesque pop-rock with unusual chord changes and a wry sense of humor." Audiences throughout the tri-state region (northwest Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio, and western New York) have responded enthusiastically to Frank's distinctive vocal style, superb musicianship, and warm stage presence.

As influences, Frank cites artists from the 60's and 70's like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Klaatu, "bands with a real emphasis on songwriting." In addition to his solo recordings, Frank has also contributed to the musical efforts of the Vinyl Goods, Marty Rice, and Paul Gall.

Frank realized one of his greatest ambitions in 2002, when he got the chance to play at the Baggot Inn in New York City. Otherwise, Frank's aspirations are simple: to take his music as far as it will go. "If I'm capable of playing Carnegie Hall, then I want to do that. If the best I can do is a street corner in Edinboro, PA, then I'll do that, too."

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