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Photographs of 1971

by Don DiLego

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Recorded in equal parts New York City and Portland, OR, "Photographs of 1971" is Don DiLego’s new and third full-length album. It was self-produced along with Portland’s engineer auteur, Gregg Williams (The Dandy Warhols). Having stumbled across some old white-bordered photographs from the 70’s, Don was inspired to write a song that grew from the ashes of the collage strewn across the floor. That would later give way to the album’s photographic themes, and a vivid backdrop for showcasing his strengths as a songwriter and storyteller. The Big Takeover! writes that Photographs of 1971 is “a masterful follow up to his Lonestar Hitchhiker series.”

Don's first release, "The Lonestar Hitchhiker," was recorded for Universal Records shortly after his move to New York City. Featured musicians included Jay Bennett (ex-Wilco), Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, Wallflowers), and Paul Garisto (Jesse Malin, Ryan Adams). He has toured extensively across the US (including a stint on the MTV Campus Invasion Tour) as well as toured the UK. His songs have been featured in film and tv (MTV, VH1, HBO, Disney, Discovery), and Don has just completed the score for the feature-length independent film, “Ranchero.” More recently, “Photographs” was received very well with influential stations like KCRW, WXPN, NPR, and XM Radio. The highly regarded “World Café with David Dye” selected Don as a World Café NEXT Artist, a national feature. The critical acclaim for Don’s latest also led to a performance at the Bonnarroo Music Festival in June 2008.

Drawing comparisons to the likes of Wilco, Beck, Ryan Adams, and even the Beach Boys, DiLego continues to develop as an artist who refuses to be categorized. With “Photographs of 1971,” he has released his most personal work to date.


Press::

“The sparse arrangements and plaintive vocals create a wondrous setting with flecks of mellotron and the lonesome, weeping whine of the omnipresent pedal steel. A Masterful follow up to his Lonestar Hitchhiker series. - The Big Takeover!

“New York City's emerging folk-twang songsmith, Don DiLego, is alt-country's next poster boy.” - Rollingstone.com

"Photographs of 1971 is one of those records that creep up on you, a great vibe and very strong tunes. We have been spinning four songs from the album for quite a while, and it really does sound better each time.” - XM Radio / Mike Marrone / The Loft

"DiLego really is quite accomplished as a crafter and arranger…there is little denying his extensive talents in writing a tune.” - Delusions of Adequacy

"Falling into Space”… speaks volumes about DiLego's ability to craft finely written pop songs with country and folk tools that many artists might cast aside. – The Bridge/Texas A & M

“A storyteller who invokes vivid imagery in the vein of Johnny Cash.”-Northeast Performer

“Equal parts heartache and redemption, Photographs of 1971, provides the soundtrack to the highs and lows of our human experience.” - Live 365

credits

released July 18, 2006

Produced by Don DiLego & Gregg Williams
Recorded at Velvet Elk Studios and The Trench

All songs written by Don DiLego, except Dreamin' by DiLego/Olsen, Automatic by DiLego/Olsen/Williams, and Somebody Leave the Lights On by DiLego/Olsen. I'm Not Like Everybody Else by Ray Davies.


Musicians::

1. DREAMIN’
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Cowbell, Wurlitzer, Tambourine
Gregg Williams - Drums
Erik Wiley Olsen - Bass, Backing Vocals
Don Piper - Lap Steel

2. THE CITY OR THE WAR
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Wurlitzer, Bass, Mellotron
Gregg Williams - Drums
Bob Hoffnar - Pedal Steel

3. AT THE TEXACO
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Detuned Piano, Banjos, Mellotron
Paul Garisto - Drums
Bob Hoffnar - Pedal Steel

4. AUTOMATIC
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Moog, Slide Geetar, Tambourine
Gregg Williams - Drums
Erik Wiley Olsen - Bass, Backing Vocals

5. FALLING INTO SPACE
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Piano, Tambourine
Gregg Williams - Drums, Tennanbaum
Erik Wiley Olsen - Bass, Backing Vocals

6. I'M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Paul Garisto - Drums, Tambourine, Backing Vocals
Johnny Pisano - Bass, Backing Vocals

7. MY MISERY IS A FAIRY TALE
Don DiLego - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ
Gregg Williams - Drums
Erik Wiley Olsen - Bass
Bob Hoffnar - Pedal Steel

8. ROSEMARY'S SUITE
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Piano, Mellotron, Moog, Bass, Tambourine
Paul Garisto – Drums

9. (SOMEBODY) LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Piano, Mellotron, Tambourine, Mini-drums, Noises
Gregg Williams - Drums, Shaker
Erik Wiley Olsen - Bass

10. PHOTOGRAPHS OF 1971
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar,Tenor Guitar, Banjo, Mellotron, Tambourine, Shaker, Bass
Gregg Williams - Drums

12. FORGIVENESS
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Piano, Mellotron, Tambourine, Mini-drums, Noises, Bass
Paul Garisto – Drums
Bob Hoffnar – Pedal Steel

13. LONELY AND AFRAID
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Detuned Piano, Mellotron, Bass, Bells, Shaker, Loop
Gregg Williams - Drums

15. GHOSTS
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vibraphone, Tambourine, Cassette Tape
Gregg Williams - Drums, Shaker
Bob Hoffnar - Pedal Steel

11/14/16. HYMNS ONE, TWO, THREE
Don DiLego - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Detuned Piano, Bass, Banjo, Harmonica, Tamborine, Shaker, Casiotone, Dijembe
Bob Hoffnar - Pedal Steel

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NYC based singer-songwriter and sometimes producer who's new album Magnificent Ram A will be out May 2016 on Velvet Elk / One Little Indian.

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Track Name: Dreamin'
There's a bible in the road
And it's open to the world
You can read it for yourself
Then tell me what it's all about
Tell me what do you think
Then put it back on the shelf
Turn on the radio, turn on the radio
Cause there's something in the air
You said that you were only dreaming
But I say, you've never been awake
And until you open your eyes
Well then you might be surprised
To find me on my way

There's a speaker in the road
Who's preaching to the world
You can listen for yourself
And tell me what he's talking about
So how much would it take
To get you to think for yourself?
Turn on the radio, turn on the radio
Cause there's something's in the air
You said that you were only dreaming
But I say, you've never been awake
And until you open your eyes
Well then you might be surprised
To find me on my way

Turn on the radio
Cause there's something on the air
You said, that you were only dreaming
But I say, you've never been awake
And until you open your eyes
Well then you might be surprised
To find me on my way
Yeah, you'll find me on my way
Yeah, you'll find me on my way
Track Name: The City or The War
You’re like a cigarette, out on a motorbike
(Straight ) Down a boulevard
As cold and black as suicide
If there’s another way out
Then I’m dying to find it
I reason it out
But it’s choking inside a broken song

But maybe I’m not that strong
Maybe I’m not that strong
Well I know I can’t afford
The city or the war
And it’s trying to break my heart


(It’s) like a masquerade, out in my own backyard
And I am very afraid
That I won’t get very far
But I’m willing to crawl
I’m willing to find out what went wrong
No trouble at all
There’s a back door painted on my wall


But maybe I’m not that strong
Maybe I’m not that strong
Cause I know I can’t afford
This city or this war
This traffic in my brain
Is dying for something to say
And it’s trying to break my heart

And it’s trying to break my heart
And it’s trying to break my heart
(I know, I know, I’m really not that strong)
And it’s trying to break my heart
(I know, I know, I’m really not that strong)
And it’s trying to break my heart
Track Name: At the Texaco
Words are catching up with you
The night it brings the solitude
That you had always hoped for
A room without a door
Most of us are crazy
To some it is a game
But we all need a place to go
A drive that takes
The heart on a lonesome road
Where the night feels so still and slow
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
Most of us are living in
A photo of indifference
And we all like to show it off
To cover up the friends we've lost
I'm dying to remember you
Crossed the road
And sold my car again
So take me to the heart and the soul
Of a stranger
Where the dark becomes light
And turns back again
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
I'm staring at the shelf inside
And the neon signs are telling me to go
So watch me make a stand on a rolling stone
Watch the cars as they start to roll
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
At the Texaco
Track Name: Automatic
Is everybody here out to get me?
What's that ringing in my ears?
There's a cold rejection in the mirror
That's been staring back at me this whole damn year

It's automatic yeah
Automatic yeah
But it just takes some time
And you will get it right

All my friends they are so lonely
And loneliness is like a gun
They've got loads and loads of heartache
And indecision seems to be drowning everyone

It's automatic yeah
Automatic yeah
But it just takes some time
And you will get it right

I'm sure I could be wrong
But this is just a song
To string myself along

It's automatic yeah
Automatic yeah
But it just takes some time
And you will get it right

It's automatic yeah
Automatic yeah
But if you take your time
I'm sure you'll make up your mind
Track Name: Falling Into Space
Darling you won’t ever see
The coming of your destiny
While you are always staring at the ground

Cause you’re often in a love affair
With misery and self-despair
Speaking with the spiders coming down

And when you see yourself in paradise
Falling into space
Do you see your lonely satellite
Out in the night?

Everyone is trying hard to see
Just what you’ve been hiding up your sleeve

But it’s never ever gonna be
That hard to understand
You’ve got another set of plans
And they’re a long way out

And when you see yourself in paradise
Falling into space
Well do you see your lonely satellite
Out in the night?

(Maria you are lovely too, Maria you are lovely too)

Darlin' 'darlin' darlin' don't you cry
Cause destiny is always on your side
Another day with no regret
Another place you should forget
Another time you should've spent
Feeling something, just one thing
It’s better than nothing

Falling into space
Do you see your lonely satellite
Out in the night?

(Maria you are lovely too, Maria you are lovely too)

Darling you won’t ever see
The coming of your destiny
Staring at the sun as it goes down
Track Name: My Misery Is a Fairy Tale
My misery
Is waiting for company
Is waiting for somebody to take me away

From the city streets
All littered with vacancies
Take in my broken dreams
And sweep them away

Somehow you still
Somehow you still remain
Knowing that you will wait
Puts a smile on my aching face

You’ll be better off taking your time
Nobody knows you like I
Now that you’re waiting for something new

This old heart of mine
Keeps breaking all the time
Keeps making senseless lies
That sweep me away

See this fairytale
Keeps making me aware
That I
Want to be true ‘til the end

And somehow you still
Somehow you still remain
Knowing that you will wait
Puts a smile on my aching face
Adds a year to my aging grace
Track Name: Rosemary's Suite
Come inside
Brighten up my lullabye
I’m wide awake
The curtains have withdrawn
The static on the radio sings to me
It’s a strange new world
That I see

Where are you gonna be
When I’m free
Cause I can’t wait
To tell you everything
There’s a red-lemon sun
Not an ordinary one
It’s a strange new world
That I have seen

Now I’ve been trying hard
To rearrange the stars
In the sky for you
Can you see them too?
It’s the only thing I’ve done
How desperate I’ve become
For Rosemary

The shallow sounds
Of drowning mouths
Come to me
Like walls of sand
Taking on the sea
It’s a story I’ve read
From the book that I’ve kept
It’s a strange new world
You gave to me

Now I’ve been trying hard
To rearrange the stars
In the sky for you
Can you see them too?
Now I’ve been trying hard
To vocalize my heart
In a word or two
Can you hear them too?

It’s the only thing I’ve done
How desperate I’ve become
For Rosemary
Track Name: (Somebody) Leave the Lights On
Somebody leave the lights on
Did somebody see what I saw?
What I saw tonight
So settle me down
This day's been too long
And I'm drifting in time
Watching the clock fall to the ground
With the lights on
From the moment you live
Til the moment you die
There's a picture of you in the frame of your life
Where you're wanting to break
From your life on a chain
And that's all you need
Somebody leave the lights on
I've been hopelessly waiting for someone
To lend me the match
I'll strike on a stone
A spark in the air
Lighting up everything I own
With the lights on
The moment you live
Til the moment you die
There's a picture of you in the frame of your life
Where you're wanting to break
From your life on a chain
And that's all you need
Could somebody leave the lights on
So I can see what I have done
The moment you live
Til the moment you die
There's a picture of you in the blink of an eye
Where you're wanting to break
From your life on a chain
When you're willing to crawl
Through the worst of it all
Cause it's all in your mind
And it's all in your head
And that's all you need
Track Name: Photographs of 1971
The evidence of you is turning grey
And they’re twisting in the ruins of your ashtray
Are the sentimental lies all on their way
Can’t you see you’re turning everyone away

But I wish you well
I wish you well, on the run

Tell me if you’re leading me insane
Marching with the fools in your own parade
With your photographs of 1971
Can you hear me through the barrel of your gun?

But I wish you well
I wish you well
I wish you well, on the run

No one’s ever had it all so well
And drifted off and dragged it all through hell
In the letter you addressed to me
Were the words you hoped would set you free

I wish you well
I wish you well
I wish you well, my son
Track Name: Hymn One
Hymm 1

Dawn patrols her bedroom in the middle of the night
Hoping she may hear a voice from 1989
Now she’s rearranged the furniture
Around her four-poster bed
But trajedy has seen this house
Once and again

So I will pray, I will pray, I will pray
For my family once again
So I will pray, I will pray, I will pray
For my family once again


Hymm 2

My brother’s on the outside
Lost and hopeless again
He’s wandering so far away
From his own common sense
The only time my father
Ever shed a tear was then
Had David seen what I did
I’m sure he’d get lost again
So I will pray
I will pray
I will pray


Hymm 3

Conni’s into singing from a dimly glowing stage
But the audience is breathing in a lonely charade
So come on mom, you’ve done no wrong
As far as my eyes can tell
I’m sure you’ll make your way to heaven
Cause you’ve already been through hell
Track Name: Forgiveness
Time on my hands
Praying like I’m born again
I can see all my friends
As they all pretend to smile

But I won’t wake up
Til I’ve had enough
Dreaming, and stealing away

Saying goodbye
Ain’t easy when there’s something to lose
So hello forgiveness
It’s warm in your lonely shoes

There’s a strawberry sun
That I’ve just begun to paint
The yellow is on
The loneliest ones I’ve saved

And there’s a ghost on fire
With eyes like mine
Still hoping for something great

Saying goodbye
Is easy when there’s nothing to lose
So hello forgiveness
It’s warm in your lonely shoes

Saying goodbye to reason
Ain’t easy when there’s something to lose
So hello forgiveness
Make room in your lonely shoes
Track Name: Lonely and Afraid
There’s a desert
Outside your door
And you’re waiting
For something more
Perhaps the time has come
For you to let someone in
A chance to explain
Just what you’re fighting for

In spite of all the times you’ve stayed away
In spite of all the signs you made
You were lonely
You were lonely and afraid
Just the same
Track Name: Hymn Two
Hymm 1

Dawn patrols her bedroom in the middle of the night
Hoping she may hear a voice from 1989
Now she’s rearranged the furniture
Around her four-poster bed
But trajedy has seen this house
Once and again

So I will pray, I will pray, I will pray
For my family once again
So I will pray, I will pray, I will pray
For my family once again


Hymm 2

My brother’s on the outside
Lost and hopeless again
He’s wandering so far away
From his own common sense
The only time my father
Ever shed a tear was then
Had David seen what I did
I’m sure he’d get lost again
So I will pray
I will pray
I will pray


Hymm 3

Conni’s into singing from a dimly glowing stage
But the audience is breathing in a lonely charade
So come on mom, you’ve done no wrong
As far as my eyes can tell
I’m sure you’ll make your way to heaven
Cause you’ve already been through hell
Track Name: Ghosts
Ghosts in the middle of the night are walking
Ghosts in the middle of the night are talking, to me
Sharing their daydreams about life
Right now
How come they always disappear?

Ghosts in the middle of the night are cooking
Ghosts in the middle of the night are
Laughing at me
With their tattoos and blue scars and big skies now
So how come they always disappear?

Ghosts in the middle of the night are crawling
Ghosts in the middle of the night are
Feeling like they should
All run around and try to find a better time
A piece of mind
That's why they always
That's why they always, re-appear

Guess they found another way
Guess they were not afraid
Guess they found another way
And they were not afraid
Track Name: Hymn Three
Hymm 1

Dawn patrols her bedroom in the middle of the night
Hoping she may hear a voice from 1989
Now she’s rearranged the furniture
Around her four-poster bed
But trajedy has seen this house
Once and again

So I will pray, I will pray, I will pray
For my family once again
So I will pray, I will pray, I will pray
For my family once again


Hymm 2

My brother’s on the outside
Lost and hopeless again
He’s wandering so far away
From his own common sense
The only time my father
Ever shed a tear was then
Had David seen what I did
I’m sure he’d get lost again
So I will pray
I will pray
I will pray


Hymm 3

Conni’s into singing from a dimly glowing stage
But the audience is breathing in a lonely charade
So come on mom, you’ve done no wrong
As far as my eyes can tell
I’m sure you’ll make your way to heaven
Cause you’ve already been through hell