John Spignesi Album Release Show
March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tonight, John Spignesi and his band release their sixth studio album, entitled “Roots.” This is JSB’s first acoustic record, and their debut at The Buttonwood Tree.
“We’ve chosen the title “Roots” for two reasons,” Spigs says. “Yes the songs have a feel of Americana, Folk, & Bluegrass, which are all genres I grew up listening to, but some of the subject matters are heavy and get down to the “root” of the issues we are facing as both a country and a global species.”
Spignesi spent most of the March-April quarantine period in 2020 hunkered down and writing. By the time socially-distant gigs were happening again, he had a full album ready to go, only this time it was different. “Some of the guys and people associated with the band have been twisting my arm for years to try something different,” he says. “I didn’t exactly plan on writing an acoustic album, it just sort of happened.”
The band recorded the album at Ace Tone Productions in the Summer of 2021, where they worked with long-time engineer, Matt Terribile. “Working with these guys is always a great experience,” says Matt Terribile. He’s owned and operated Ace Tone Productions in Bethany since 2017. “These guys are pros and working with them on each project is truly a pleasure. I can’t believe we’re on our sixth album!”
JSB celebrates not only a new album tonight but seven years as a band. All are welcome here and we thank you for sharing this milestone with us.
– Spigs, Joe, & Matt
The John Spignesi Band seeks that musical and emotive sweet spot between rock’s psychedelic swagger and the realness of the honest lyricism of John Spignesi’s songwriting.
The New Haven based trio is: vocalist and songwriter John “Spigs” Spignesi on guitar, with Joe Jeffery (bass) and Matt Alling (drums). Together they hang out, genre-wise, at the more rocking side of the New England regional Jam Band festival and club gig scene, and like to consider what they share as “Music For Your Soul.”
JSB’s performance is grounded in a brotherhood created amongst the band members. The phrase often uttered is “No Reverse,” which means they are always seeking to add to their performances and to the audience’s experience with an improvisational intensity. At the band’s core, though, is a deep and personal honesty of John Spignesi’s lyrics, which range from all out party vibes to the real self doubts we all encounter every day.
With hundreds of gigs under their belts, the band has had breakout performances at Strange Creek Campout, as well as the iconic Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel NY, where they celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. JSB is also thankful to perform at numerous non-profit events, all of which give back to the community that the band is so grateful to be a part of.
The band aims for every show, every set, every song, and every note to be played with conviction — sharing it all with the audience and leaving it all on the stage.
“Spigs leads the way, in a way a bandleader should.” – New England Deli Magazine, 2020
“Though only a trio, it never sounds like it. Everyone in this group is in sync with each other, always. This is the type of energy that we need now more than ever.” – BeachSloth Album Reviews
“I don’t usually shill for bands, but the way these guys throw themselves into their instruments? You HAVE to see them live.” – John Whalen, WESU Radio | Middletown, CT