Singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico delivers a confident, upbeat collection of road-tested rock/pop music, on his June 7th Viper Records release, ‘Outlet'. With a radio-friendly sound that evokes Gin Blossoms and Matthew Sweet, and a storyteller's cadence that has been compared to James Taylor, Pacifico appears poised for mainstream success with the new album, his third.
Each of the ten songs on ‘Outlet' was written since Pacifico's engagement (and subsequent marriage) to his long-time girlfriend, and several tracks pay homage to his new bride. The sense of hopefulness and groundedness is palpable, as is Pacifico's ‘ownership' of the new material - all of the tracks were performed live for months prior to recording the album, as Pacifico embarked on an extended residency in his home state of Connecticut, often playing as many as four nights per week.
The pedigree on ‘Outlet' is also evident: The album opens with two songs (the singles ‘Fold Up Your Heart' and ‘Head's Up',) both produced by Grammy winner David O'Donnell (John Mayer, James Taylor). This pair of standout tracks also features producer Andy Abel on electric guitars, Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz) on bass and Brian Doherty (They Might Be Giants) on drums, with Pacifico on acoustic guitar and vocals. Other highlights include the haunting ‘Lakeshore Drive', the Simon and Garfunkel-esque ‘New Song' and ‘Home With Me,' which condenses Pacifico's decade-long relationship with his now-wife into 4:43 minutes.
Pacifico on tour this spring and summer:
3/24 ~ Barking Spider - Cleveland, OH
3/25 ~ Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
3/26 ~ Old Louisville Coffee House -Louisville, KY
3/27 ~ The Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN
3/28 ~ live on WDVX's Blue Plate - Knoxville, TN
3/28 ~ Eddie's Attic - Decatur, GA
3/31 ~ Smiley's - Greenville, SC
4/2 ~ Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta, GA
4/4 ~ Fischer's Pub - John's Island, SC
4/5 ~ Fischer's Pub - John's Island, SC
4/6 ~ Java Junkies - Wilmington, NC
4/7 ~ House Concert - Waves, NC
4/8 ~ Burlap & Bean - Newtown Square, PA
4/9 ~ Purple Fiddle - Thomas, WV - 1pm
4/22 ~ Salt Hill Pub - Lebanon, NH
4/23 ~ Salt Hill Pub - Newport, NH
5/6 ~ Southport Coffee House Series at Southport Congregational Church Southport, CT
6/17 ~ Bistro Nouveau at Eastman - Grantham, NH
6/24 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
6/25 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
7/8 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
7/9 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
8/5 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
8/6 ~ The Jetties - - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
More dates will be announced soon.