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Welcome to JerryVelona.com - website for, you guessed it, Jerry Velona! Please enter for more startling revelations as well as info about my music, my gigs, my bands, embarassing photos from the past, and other info that you might find mildly interesting and, hopefully, entertaining.
My latest album Love Radio is officially released and available for sale and download at CDBaby.com! You can simply click on the Buy link at the top left on my homepage and will be directed there. The songs will also be available for on Amazon, ITunes and most download sites. However, please purchase through CD Baby if you can as they support independent artists like few other companies out there. (They also pay artists much more for their songs)
For more of the background and specifics on the album and the songs, click on Blog just to the top left here on my homepage and you'll get all the info/dirt! You can also stream full versions of some of the songs by clicking the Music tab on my home page.
Here's the video for the lead track on the record Looking for Lewis and Clark. It's composed by Sid Griffin and was a hit for his band The Long Ryders in the 1980's. About our version Sid commented: “Jerry Velona once again proves his musical worth in a balls-to-the-wall cover version of the Long Ryders’ ‘Looking For Lewis & Clark’, a pounding yet melodic take which begs the question: where are the great and fearless leaders of the present day? Velona’s committed vocal and approach to the lyric may not provide a complete set of answers but Oh Mercy, they frame the question so very, very well.”
Late last year I wrote some new lyrics to the classic tune Sea Cruise which I released as Koji on the Mound. It was a tribute to Koji Uehara and the Red Sox in their improbable 2013 World Series run. The song was picked up by Mike Adams at WEEI and Red Sox play by play announcer Joe Castiglione played it as well as Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub. I did an interview for an article in Sports Nippon Japan and a couple of Japanese TV stations have featured it. Check out the YouTube clip below. Over 186,000 hits so far and counting. You can download the tune here
The Koji song and video were well received in Japan. Koji himself saw it and tweeted out the link. Here's an interview I did with the Tokyo Broadcasting System from outside Fenway the night the Sox won the World Series. (Sorry if it doesn't play. TBS seems to think I'm a threat to their media empire). Unfortunately Koji and the Sox are not doing quite as well this year. Oh well, it was a nice ride.
Featured on Dream Girl was a cover of the jazz classic If You Stub Your Toe on the Moon. Here's a video we did for that one.
Check out this edited version of some of the highlights from a Joint Venture gig.
If you haven't seen my music video for the song Leave Me Alone, check it out here. The song became a Libertarian anthem of sorts. Was promoted by a free market think tank in Italy and a prominent anti-anti-smoking activist in NYC. Some press and reviews are available on this site. Feel free to make a comment (be polite now...)