June 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

CUT & RUN

Wow. What a write up in this months music edition of Whalebone Magazine. Thanks guys. You truly know how to make a lady feel the love. If you haven’t read it yet you can check it out by clicking WHALEBONEMAG.com.  The article is written by Lyle Greenfield and has photos by the gorgeous and glorious Lisa-Marie Mazzucco. There is also a live shot in the print version by Ken Grille. Pick up a copy fo’ sure.

Lest us not forget our new album, CUT AND RUN, which is now officially out and available on line at CDBaby.com!
CLICK HERE to download the full album or just select tracks if you wish.  Personally I would bite the bullet and go in for the whole enchilada but that is just me.

A monster shout out to all of you who came out in the pouring rain this past Thursday to celebrate with us. Mike Mazz, head engineer said it was one of the top three
nights in Talkhouse history which is a pretty big statement that I am not sure I would agree with that but it definitely was one for the books.  Top Three Talkhouse in my book involves a bit of nudity, The Bogmen in the 90’s with Billy Campion prancing about in ripped stockings and little else and well, probably a few things that aren’t fit for print right now. I will get back to you on that one! 

If you are strolling around the Hamptons this weekend and want a hardcopy then go to Innersleeve Records located on Main Street in Amagansett. He’s got the goods and also some killer
vinyl so don’t stop at my CD. Treat yourself to an old Marvin Gaye or maybe some Pearl Jam… ummmmm. What a nice thought to see that big black disc spinning around on a sunny Sunday morning. I digress.

Our annual Surf Lodge Wednesdays start up this week and then we are back at the Talkhouse again this Friday night in the 8pm slot. Can’t get enough.

As for me… well, I’m on a cloud and enjoying all the hard work we put in. The deed is done and there was a bit of a throw down last weekend at a Whalebone Magazine Music
Issue release party. Let’s just say I could use some sleep or a bloody mary about now and I don’t think I’m getting either. Four shows and a bag of donuts for me I’m afraid.

Ok. I’m off. Thanks for checking in. More to come but here is a shot (Below) by Daniel Gonzalez from the party. I love the strobe light to the right. Sick.

Photo of Nancy Atlas from Cut and Run Release party, May 25th, 2017 by Daniel Gonzalez Photography

See you this week and much more to catch up on but for now! Spread the word. As I’ve always said, if you dig what we do tell a friend and if you don’t, then tell an enemy.
Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings,
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Art collage above by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco. Photographer and artist extraordinaire.

I’m off to a party for Whalebone Magazine for this months Music Issue in which Lyle Greenfield of Bang Music wrote a killer article on yours truly. Thank’s Lyle. Love ya baby.

Anyway… there will be a full on update about our release party which was off the hook. Peter said it was one of the best nights in Talkhouse history so I don’t know what more a girl could ask for. All i will say is… I’m still glowing.

If you checking in to buy a copy of our new Album, CUT AND RUN, it will be available at CD Baby hopefully on Monday May 29th.  I will have a direct link here but if you just go to CDBABY.com and type in “The Nancy Atlas Project” it should come up. 

If you want a hard copy and you are in the Hamptons, then you can get one the old fashioned way by going to Innersleeve Records in Amagansett (On Main Street). They are in stock and hot off the presses. Tell Craig I said Hi.

Ok. Much more tomorrow but right now I have to go get my Caddie started and head out into the magic and mayhem that is Montauk on Memorial Day weekend. Holy alliteration.

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May 22nd, 2017


For all the Montauk Peeps there will be a Hopper Bus leaving from The Montauk Brewery at 7:30 and also another at 8pm. They are doing a $5 special each way to the Talkhouse just for our CD Release! If you want to reserve a seat email Rob at rob@hamptonhopper.com or text him at (631)774-0117. Cash only. THAT IS CRAZY CHEAP people. Get on it and make your ressies now. The return Buses are at 10:30 and 12 oclock. Buses leave from The Montauk Brewery who will also be having a half price special that night in honor of the CD release! The first 100 people in the door of the Talkhouse will get a goodie bag with Montauk Brewery Koozie, small bag of candy from The Candied Anchor, This months Whalebone Magazine Issue which has a six page spread on us and a poster from the Speck in the Sea. On a complete side note I cannot tell you all how excited I am for this CD to be released into the world. It has been a long time coming and I do feel that it represents our tunes and the band on the whole. I went for a polished live vibe so that you will hopefully want to crank it on a warm summers day with the top down. I cannot say enough about the band’s performances, the photo’s from Lisa-Marie Mazzucco or the art on the back from Grant Haffner. It has been an artistic East End family affair and like a dog with a new stick and no leash, I just want to roll around in the sand a bit and feel the beauty on my limp eyelids as the sun beats down. It is done and ready to roll.

Opening Quote from “A Speck in the Sea”

In other news, a big shout out to Little Antony and John Aldridge who officially released their book, A Speck In The Sea, today May 23rd, 2017. I highly recommend buying a copy at Barnes and Noble or online through various sites. It’s a wonderful tale of survival and friendship about the real life story of two local fisherman that I get to call GOOD friends (and not just because they give me lobster all the time)! It was a supreme honor to be mentioned in the book and to have our band’s song, The Tale Of Johnny Load, quoted at the top of the book and also full lyrics at the end. Super, Super cool. If you talk to Anthony he knows that the real prize is that Johnny is still alive and all the rest is gravy. It’s important to keep a perspective like that in these times. Anyway, we did record that very song with Rock Drum Superstar Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and if you’re looking for a single song download you can get it here or on Itunes. JUST CLICK ON THE SONG TITLE:  THE TALE OF JOHNNY LOAD.

Ok. I am off to vocal rehearsals and set lists and lions and tigers and bears oh my.
May you take time to look down at your feet and find them on a Hopper Bus with a local brew in your tummy and headed to a night of local sonic loving. In that moment you are truly alive.

See you Thursday with bells on!

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January 21st,  2017

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And then there was one.

So a lot could be say tonight as I sit in my basement with wet hair, three sleeping kids and two more shows to go before a much needed vacation, some of which will be spent finishing up our seventh studio album, Cut and Run. This Saturday, January 27th, will mark our 22nd sold out show at Baystreet Theater. That record  is just plain WHACK. We never saw this coming when we started the winter series four years ago but here we are, playing each Saturday to a full 300 seat capacity theater with a waiting list the length of an arm. A small arm, but an arm just the same. Like not a baby’s arm but maybe a big baby’s arm? Sorry… just trying to be funny. That’s a little January humor there which would basically mean NOT FUNNY. July jokes are way funnier and sexier than January jokes which are like, bottom of the barrel survival. So yeah. Our waiting list is the length of a big baby’s arm. Where was I… yes. Ok. See our band knows what a treat it is to play to a packed house  because we have played to empty houses along the way. We know what it feels like to lug the gear 100 miles only for a snow storm or football game to keep everyone at home. Do you remember when the Yankees played the Mets in a world series and it went down to game 7?  I do. You know why? Because I played in a bar in NYC that night to three people and all three of those people were watching a television screen over our head while we played. I am pretty sure someone threw a chicken wing at me mid song when the catcher dude caught a very important ball. It wasn’t like an intentional chicken wing at my face it was just a random, had to throw something cause the dude was so excited. Or maybe he did hate me. I’ll never know. Did I mention he had big baby arms. Sorry again. Laughing. I can’t stop. It’s January’s fault and no I am not drinking.  ANYWAY my drummer and bass player had earplugs in that night aand were listening to the results of the baseball game between songs as well as they couldn’t see the screen. I digress. SO YES… it is pretty fucking epic to sell out this many shows in the dead of winter and I love you all endlessly for supporting it. I’m done.

Two pussies and a guitar. photo by Glenn Schneider

Two pussies and a violin. photo by Glenn Schneider

So let’s reflect shall we? Last week we had the divine Randi Fishenfeld on violin who burnt the mother down for her fifth sold out show there. Randi is my soul sister and we only get limited chances in this life to come together on stage and make some music. It is always a treat but this night, when we were still bleary eyed from getting in at 3:30 AM the night before (Private event up island), there was a bit of witchy magic in the air. The kind of energy you hope for on stage but never know if it will grace you. The tunnel. Show starts, you step in, time stands still, two hours plus later you step out. It was all a blur but at the end of our three show run I am told we helped raise 15 K for the Sag Harbor Fire Dept (Thurs) helped a sassy Cheryl ring in a birthday (Friday) and as I started at the top of this paragraph, burnt the mother down on Saturday. My 4th grade english teacher would be so happy with me for wrapping this whole paragraph together. See Mr. Bruce… I did listen.

Danny Kean and a pudgy angel. Photo by Michael Heller

Danny Kean and a pudgy angel. Photo by Michael Heller

The week before we had the ethereal Danny Kean. If you live on Long Island do yourself a favor and look Danny up. Go see a show. He is probably one of my favorite people on this planet and that is before he even starts playing his keys and singing like some damn Stevie Wonder Ray Charles Danny Kean hybrid. The boy has chops but what sets him apart is his spirit. His grace. His ability to remind people to be kind to one another. The guys has had a lot thrown at him in this life and he keeps smiling and saying thank you for it all every step of his way. He is, in short, inspiring.

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Giving a new definition to MAN BUNS. Go Clark. Always up for a laugh. Photos by Ken Grille.

Giving a new definition to MAN BUNS. Go Clark. Always up for a laugh. Photos by Ken Grille.

As is almost custom, we started out the series with a snow storm. My sweet Clark Gayton got sidelined to a Sunday due to a foot plus of the white stuff. It was a nasty night and we made the right call. He rocked his Carrie Fisher buns and lit the torch so to speak for the rest of the month. The upside is that we will have a second make up show on Thursday March 23rd for anyone who couldnt make it that weekend because of the weather. So hopefully we will see you all there as well.

Looking forward to Jonny Rosch this Saturday but if as on cue one of my kids has just summoned me upstairs as he feels sick.

The joys of January.

My washing machine just gave me the middle finger. What is that about?! Ugh. (15 loads last week sucka. FIFTEEN!!!)

Ok. I have to go. This post is going rogue and not in a good way.

May you take time to look down at your feet and find them opening the door to a warm packed theater full of love.

Peace, Love and Broken Guitar Strings,

Nancy

Intermission by Phil Lehan

Before I get started here I just want to put a link to this article that came out last week. I was approached by The Express Magazine to recount my most memorable New Years Eve. They asked… so I responded. I may have said strippers and dwarfs a bit to much but it will hopefully give you a good laugh as this New Year approached. Without further ado… Nancy Atlas’s most memorable New Years Eve. (By the way I didn’t even mention that I got engaged at 5 am that morning as the sun rose up over the lighthouse {sidenote: we never got married} and then shucked clams as some swank New Years day party for $50 an hour from 8am to noon…those were the days of limitless energy my friends. Those were the days. So yeah, after the stripper and the dwarf came diamond rings and clams. There’s a joke in there somewhere but thankfully my brain won’t let it in.)

So on a totally different note, one thing my band and I talk about often it how lucky we are. How much we appreciate the effort our fans make, show after show, time and time again. The word of mouth. The cookies you bring us or the unseen emails post show. The time you take to get there and that passion you bring. Year after year. Every night. Every single time we play.  I would like to think you feel it too, that when we step on the stage you know we are going to give you everything we’ve got. That it’s always a new experience and that you don’t want to miss it. It’s what we do and we never underestimate that or take it for granted. So let me start off by saying THANK YOU for such a stellar year so far. Another one coming to an end and oh what a year it was… (see photos below).

So yes my friend, we have been busy and because of that I have never been happier to see barren trees in my life. The sun is setting at 4pm you say? BRING IT ON. Our band is officially in studio mode of late and enjoying a little downtime after a never ending string of live shows that started this past January. This year has been another whopper. 2016 has been good to us for sure. It sprinkled down some Rock and Roll magic pixie dust at Levon Helms Barn this fall, Chad Smith (RHCP) & Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) face melting drum off with our band this summer, non stop Stephen Talkhouse, Surf Lodge,  Barons Cove gigs… Wyoming’s tour this past spring with Inda Eaton and starting it all off  with five for five sold out shows at Baystreet.  When you see it on paper, in a condensed form, it all seems like a dream but my calloused fingers assure me it is not. That shit went down and it went down hard week after week. I love it but it is time to put the antenna up and start writing.

So that is why our shows have come to a bit of a halt. If momma doesn’t pull the chord every now and then well, we just keep rolling through. I promise you that we are taking the break to finish up our next disc, “Cut and Run” which is slated to be out in the Spring of 2017 and I am also chipping away at a few new tunes.

Until things pick back up in the spring here are a few photos, videos and articles from the last 12 months.:

The version of Jolene at Levon’s Barn is a bit shaky as it was taken from the mangers phone but you get the gist. It was a live feed so it’s fun to see people that have never heard us before chime in.  It’s a tick sloppy and raw but Clark chomps down and Klyph does a nice job filling in for a flu ridden Johnny Blood that night:

“Jolene” live at Levon Helm’s Barn in Woodstock, Oct 1st, 2016

Original “Lost Highway” at Talkhouse featuring Skip Krevens

Original, “My Love” at Guild Hall

 Our original “Last Call for Alcohol” with the Uptown Horns at Baystreet. (the horn part was written by the amazing Arno Hecht on Sax. unexpected treat and so fun although looking at this video we are all hanging on by our teeth as it’s the first time playing it!)

If you want a little something to read here is a good one:

ARTICLE:    Art for Art’s Sake at Levon’s Barn in Woodstock

It’s not everyday that a newspaper sends staff and photographers up to follow a local band so this article is greatly appreciated with a big shout out to Michael Heller, Gavin and Kathy Menu.

Wishing you all peace, love and broken guitar strings.

See you in the front lines. Wear your waterproof mascara.

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PS… one last thought: A heads up that our Fireside Sessions Series at Baystreet Theater, sponsored by the amazing Dan’s Papers… is almost half way sold out and we announced the guest’s YESTERDAY so if you want in … now would be a good time to buy tickets. 300 seats and they all will sell out. Like … soon. (I’m not being a cocky dick – I am just stating the obvious… since our last 15 shows have all sold out there. I am really being more of a cocky dick friend, which we all need one of and tonight I’m yours. ha ha ha. Anyway… we hope to see you there sucka).

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Crazy shit. I got two dozen roses after this show from Chad and Taylor (or more likely their wives! ha ha). So much fun. Illegal obscene fun. We all stepped into the tunnel that night. What made this show extra special is that it all came together in five days. When Chad Smith calls you – you make it happen. My set list was called, DRUM PORN. (appropriately so).

Taylor Hawkins of the Foo FIghters and I getting the job done. Even the overhead pipes were sweating that night.

Taylor Hawkins of the Foo FIghters and I getting the job done. Even the overhead pipes were sweating that night.

Upstairs at The Stephen Talkhouse Post show.

Upstairs at The Stephen Talkhouse Post show. Post show glow.

Levon Helms Barn Oct 1st, 2016. Barbara OBrien, long time house manager, gave us one of our highest compliments saying, "This band reminded me of Levon's Ramble so much. He would have absolutely loved this show. We can't wait to do it again."

Levon Helms Barn Oct 1st, 2016. Barbara OBrien, long time house manager, gave us one of our highest compliments saying, “This band reminded me of Levon’s Ramble so much. He would have absolutely loved this show. We can’t wait to do it again.” Photo by Micheal Heller, Sag Harbor Press

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We love the Surf Lodge and the Surf Lodge loves us. Nine years running on our Summer Sunset Wednesdays. It’s a thang baby. It’s a thang. Here is JB pouring on the sonic love.

Surf Lodge with Winston Irie and Chad sitting in. Let the good times roll. X

Surf Lodge with Winston Irie and Chad sitting in. Let the good times roll. X

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Karma works in mysterious ways. After the Surf Lodge unexpectedly had to shut down music for a month they graciously sponsored us at Barons Cove. When SL got up and running again Barons wanted the turnout. Thus a new weekly series. Thursday nights in Sag Harbor. Photo by Daniel Gonzalez.

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Thank you Southampton Cultural Arts Center for creating our own night! Their summer series is typically on Wednesdays but since we are booked out they made an exception to do a Tuesday, the first one of the series! Here is Richard Rosch doing his thing and another beautiful photo by Ken Grille.

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Chris Clemence of RapScallions sitting in this summer. Leonardo Dicaprio was kicking around. Not a shitty way to spend a Wednesday in Montauk.

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Rain or Shine. Here we are with Trombone Monster Clark Gayton (Springsteen, Sting, Prince).getting funky on a rainy day. Anybody that has followed us for a while knows that when the chips are down we tend to play harder. Always a true throw down with Clark in the mix.

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Screw Waldo. Where’s Neil? Talkhouse July 2016

Hey Y'all Look at us! A very cool compliment to be the first music ever played at a long standing institution, which is what happened this summer at The Oar in Block Island. It's always a good sign when they book you that night for next year! whoop whoop. So much fun. We had a blast and Jettykoon was super rocking to boot!

Hey Y’all Look at us! A very cool compliment to be the first music ever played at a long standing institution, which is what happened this summer at The Oar Inn on Block Island. It’s always a good sign when they book you that night for next year! whoop whoop. So much fun. We had a blast and Jettykoon was super rocking to boot!

 

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