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Joe Chiofalo aka Joey Pajamas

Baldwin Drive - Orange & Black

By the end of the summer of '06, Joe was finished with his latest batch of songs and set off to find a producer that shared his musical taste and sensibility to help record them. His search ended when he and producer / guitarist Stephen Butler had a nice long chat after playing a Mary Lee's Corvette gig together at NYC's the Cutting Room. Once the executive producer from Thunder Ridge Records was on board, it was time to make a record.

Of course keys and guitars do not a record make. Steve got in touch with long time friends Fran Smith Jr., bass player for The Hooters, and studio drummer Greg DiDonato, and the package was complete. Within two weeks they had recorded basics for five of the ten tunes that would be "ORANGE & BLACK".

We all know working with great players is one of the best things about making records. That ..., and the catering. Every now and then you get lucky and the stars align, paths re-cross, and you get to work together again. That being said, a few years back Joe co- wrote and recorded the anthem for the local arena football team, the New York City Hawks. With Jimi K Bones on guitar, Kurt on bass, Gene on vox, and Aaron Brooks on drums. They thumped and pumped away LIVE at Madison Square Garden treating the disillusioned crowd to classic covers. Often drawing more attention then the lame Hawks. Sure the team sucked. But the cheerleaders were hot, and new friends were made and old friendships stoked. It was quite clear that if the fates and schedules allowed, the boys would somehow, someday work together again. And sure enough, this would come to be. In various places, on various projects.

On a far too bright and sunny Saturday morning, Aaron, with mind and body still ringing from the previous night's gig at the Red Lion, made his way into the city and found his way to the awaiting car. With gear checked and Aaron aboard, they headed south to Steve's studio to fulfill a promise that Joe had made to himself all those years ago. Get Aaron on the record. Over the next couple of weeks, in and around Steve's gigs, Fran's gigs and Aaron's gigs - the remaining four songs were recorded. On a cold January afternoon, Joe and Steve recorded the tenth and final track for the record "Step out of the Nightmare". Bloody symbolic... Baldwin Drive is now a reality. An eclectic collaboration of seasoned players brought together by the cosmos to present to the world "Orange & Black". The latest collection of songs by Joe Chiofalo. Orange & Black is now available in stores and online. Visit to listen and buy the CD.

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