Edward Abbiati Releases
Beautiful, At Night - The ACC (Abbiati, Cantarelli Conspiracy)
2018 - 10 Tracks
Joint Effort by Edward Abbiati and Stiv Cantarelli who produced this garage, punk, rock, blues NO-FI album.
Featuring Joe Barreca on Bass and Antonio Perugini and special Guests Mike "Slo Mo Brenner on Lap Steel, Richard Hunter on Harmonica and Chris Cacavas on Keys.
MC5 Meet Wilco! 7/10 - Vive Le Rock (UK)
"The album is a raw and raucous...simultaneously the antidote to Music City’s slick showmanship and to peacock-poseur art-punk. It’s muthaflippin’ brilliant. It’s Ennio Morricone if he had grown up playing in The Gun Club, it’s Johnny Thunders in Neil Young’s plaid shirt, or perhaps the other way around, it’s mutated blues that has crawled from the swamp and taken on human form." - Dancing About Architecture (UK)
A magnificent set of scuzzy rock songs which owe as much to Husker Du, Gun Club and The Stooges as they do to Neil Young and Crazy Horse…a grand holy mess! - Blabber 'n' Smoke (UK)
"A gorgeous little album. There is a very lo-fi, garage vibe to ‘Beautiful…’ A vibrant yet pathos-laden celebration of the darker side of the rock ‘n’ roll canon. An album that truly lives up to its title: beautiful, dark, bluesy, punky all in equal measure…you definitely need to check out this little gem before it passes you by." Uber Rock (UK)
"Screeching punk in places, but with enough country to keep its roots in Americana... Like it has been beaten just one too many times to care anymore... This is rock n roll, but it’s a mutated form. There is something beautiful in the ugliness, though." - 9 out of 10 - Maximum Volume Music (UK)
"It is at the wild end of the spectrum – more Stooges than Sweet Nashville…There is an air of 70s Stonesy looseness and sonic abandon to the songs. Impressively raw in these times of polished product and there is much to admire - Americana UK
There are elements of Americana, of Blues, of Punk and of a something that approaches Iggy & The Stooges. It took a few listens for my ears to find the different paths and neural interconnects that make it all work but, like the old 3D Posters, listening long enough exposed the layers and showed me exactly what the music is. And it really is something a bit special. **** - Music News (UK)
Beautiful, at Night
ME & The Devil - Chris Cacavas & Edward Abbiati
2014 - 10 Tracks
Recorded in a barn in Pavia- 10 Co-Writes by Edward Abbiati and Chris Cacavas recorded with super group containing: Winston Watson (Bob Dylan) on drums and Mike "Slo Mo" Brenner (Magnolia Electric Co., Marah) on Lap Steel and Bass
It will blow your mind! Little Light House (USA)
A Work of Genius! Unlikely to hear a better album this year -R2 Magazine (UK)
Cracking album and somewhat the meeting of two (plus two!) of the most interesting characters in Americana Music today. Very highly recommended - Blabber'n'Smoke (UK)
An album like very few today. Recommneded CD of the month - Buscadero (Italy)
I just want to play it again and again! 8/10 - Whisperin & Hollerin' (UK)
A very strong collection of songs with echoes of Exile on Main Street and its shambolic beauty. The variety in dynamics is impressive. The Marvelous Meeting of two Kindred Spirits - Americana UK
This album is beautiful. A killer shot that brings it all back home.A home where Rock'n'Roll lived for years before being contaminated. It posseses the essence and urgency of Rock Music, frill free folk and intriguing beauty. - Mescalina (Italy)
Magic. Night Visions, Jump Blues of the 50s, folk ballads, early rockabilly when Rock'n'Roll still had to be imagined. Beautiful songs, voices and sounds...offered as vision, as hope, as hearts that bleed - Paolo Vites
An Album of surprising beauty - EXTRA Magazine
A real, continuous flow of beautiful songs. A candidate to becoming one of the best releases of the year. A visionary rush, desolate, scorching. - Enzo Curelli
Me and the Devil
Chris Cacavas & Edward Abbiati
Recorded in a barn in 5 days with Winston Watson (Bob Dylan, Giant Sand, Warren Zevon), Mike "Slo Mo" Brenner (Magnolia Electric Co., Marah) this is a Garage Folk album! Songs Written by Green on Red founding member and Lowlands frontman.
Collaborations can cross oceans and cover land masses, from East Coast to West, but when former Green On Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas upped sticks for southern Germany, he hardly reckoned to find a writing partner so close at hand. A straight drive down through Switzerland and over the Alps to Italy brought him to the door of Edward Abbiati of the country’s premier roots band Lowlands.
Six months (and several ‘phonecalls, emails and ‘plane tickets) later, the pair are now ready to present the fruits of their labour in the form of Me And The Devil. The songs were recorded in 5 days in an old barn outside the northern Italian town of Pavia, and features the collective talents of Cacavas and Abbiati, plus Bob Dylan, Giant Sand and Warren Zevon drummer Winston Watson and Marah and Jason Molina alumnus Mike ‘Slo Mo’ Brenner.
Three of the four have known each other for a while, Cacavas and Brenner both guesting on Lowlands’ 2008 debut The Last Call. Keeping in touch, Cacavas and Abbiati had long talked about a joint project between the two of them and the seeds were finally sown last year when Cacavas accepted an invitation from his Italian friend to travel down from his home in Germany to write songs around a kitchen table in Pavia.
Philly slide guru Brenner was a shoo-in, being practically an honorary member of Lowlands, while Watson was recruited to the drumstool by Cacavas. Following a period of economic and logistical headscratching, the quartet (plus recording engineer Rainer Lolk) finally convened in Italy in August to begin work. Two days later they already had ten tracks in varying degrees of readiness. Another two days and they were ready to be mixed by Chris Peet, a Newport based engineer who has been working with Lowlands recently (including their forthcoming album “Love Etc...”).
“I am as proud and satisfied of what we have achieved with this record as I am with anything else I have ever achieved and recorded in my career” says Chris Cacavas.
“We wrote the songs in two short two day sessions,” explains Abbiati. “A blank page and no preconceptions. The songs seemed to flow out of us very quickly, adjusting chord changes and lyrics till we got the song to where we were both happy with them, we’d record a quick demo on the phone and move on to the next one.”
“The ‘Studio In A Barn’ was something I had never experienced before,” adds Cacavas. “In spite of the cluttered, dusty and at times very hot room, the band played the hell out of the songs and the session moved along effortlessly. I knew Ed and I had ‘stacked the deck’ with Winston and Mike, but in the end I was blown away by their incredible playing and unexpected musical ideas. That we achieved so much with so little effort is a gift.”
(Gerry Ranson - www.mulefreedom.com)
LOWLANDS DISCOGRAPHY 2008 - 2018
The Last Call
9/10 - Americana UK **** - Maverick Magazine (UK) 7,5 Rootshighway
Top 10 Seller at Miles of Music (USA)
Top 50 Roots Music Report
"Crazy, Beautiful Album" - Chris Cacavas (Green on Red, Giant Sand & Dream Syndicate)
Featuring: Mike "Slo Mo" Brenner, Nick Barker (Australia), James Cruickshank (Cruel Sea) & Harmonica Maestro Richard Hunter.
Includes: That's Me On The Page, In The End, Ghosts in this Town & In Between
The Last Call
Driving,guitar-led alt-country, albeit with a harder edge than straight Americana. Songs about pubs, cemeteries, ghosts,highways, sunsets, dark nights, deserts, blood, hope, drinking, remembering, traveling, giving up, starting again. "The Last Call" from Lowlands has songs about pubs and cemeteries, ghosts, highways, sunsets, dark nights, skies, deserts, cities at night, blood, hope, pints, bleeding, screaming, laughing, crying, drinking, throwing up, hoping, remembering, travelling, giving up, starting again ... tales of lost love and redemption.
Lost somewhere in between the Classic (Dylan, Pogues, Waits), and the more roots inclined side of indie rock (from Steve Wynn and Westerberg to Whiskeytown) from Pavia, Italy, led by British born singer songwriter, Edward Abbiati, Lowlands emerge with a unique sound and a distinctly personal take on Roots Rock.
With Special guest appearances from Richard Hunter - One of the world's most prominent and innovative harmonica Virtuoso (whose many credits include 2 solo albums and the soundtrack to John Sayles' "City of Hope") who states 'Some of my best stuff on record', Mike 'Slo Mo' Brenner (Marah, Magnolia Electric Co., John Train) on Lap & Pedal Steel, James Cruickshank (Cruel Sea) piano and the magnificent Chris Cacavas (Green On Red, Steve Wynn) on Keyboards on "Friday Night". Australian Rocker Nick Barker (Reptiles) duets with Ed Abbiati on the rousing rocker "In The End".
Since itâ€™s release in April 2008, every single track off â€œThe Last Callâ€ has been broadcast in various radio stations (AM, FM and Internet radios) everywhere from San Francisco to Brisbane.
Lowlands have been featured on some of the most prominent syndicated alt.country, Americana, roots music shows like â€œMillerâ€™s Timeâ€, â€œAmericanaOKâ€ & â€œThe Comfort Zoneâ€.
Mixes by Edan Cohen, David Henry, Rod Picott and Chris Cacavas. Mastered in Nashville by Jim Demain & Alex McCollough
Current Line Up: Edward Abbiati: Voice & Guitars, Simone Fratti: Bass, Phil Ariens: Drums, Chiara Giacobbe: Violin, Rob Diana & Francesco Verrastro: Guitars, Ste Brandinali: Piano & whenever possible Stefano Speroni: acoustic guitar
â€œEdward Abbiati shows that he is a songwriter of exceptional talent. â€˜The Last Callâ€™ is an extremely good debut album by a band who on this showing could have a very bright futureâ€ Steve Wills -Americana Uk (UK)
â€œDrawing on the sublime aspects of Nebraska-era Springsteen, and the country-dabblings of Green On Redâ€¦Itâ€™s a Cracker!â€ Jeff Weiss â€“ Miles of Music (USA)
â€œOne of the best Roots Albums of 2008 - 7,5/10â€ Fabio Cerbone â€“ Rootshighway.it / Euro Americana Chart
â€œAn album of unusual braveryâ€ Ben Lazar â€“ 10th Avenue Music (USA)
â€œRecorded with real passion and commitmentâ€ Tom Fahey â€“ AmericanaOK (UK)
â€œDriving, guitar-led alt-country, albeit with a harder edge than straight Americana (â€¦)sparsely desolate (...) minor masterpieces in small-town atmospherics (...) emotionally-convincing (â€¦) As a debut offering, â€˜The Last Callâ€™ has a lot to commend itâ€ David Kidman â€“ NetRhythms (UK)
â€œLowlands have a strong personality and â€˜The Last Callâ€™ is an enjoyable listen throughout. Despite running over 50 minutes, there is never a dull moment - *** â€ Paolo CarÃ¹ â€“ Buscadero Magazine (Italy)
â€œDon't lisen to this album if you are depressed - **** â€ Maverick Magazine (UK)
â€œCrazy beautiful record!â€ Chris Cacavas (Green On Red)
2009 - 5 tracks
***** - Music Review Unsigned (UK)
"Stomping the same ground as Soul Asylum, Green on Red, Uncle Tupelo and Marah" - Rootsvile (Belgium)
Includes: Lullaby, Walking Down The Street & a Cover of the Gourds tune Lowlands
EP Vol. 1
Covering a broad spectrum from roots rock, to acoustic folk passing through a few electric storms, 5 tracks to try and convince you that LOWLANDS could be your next favourite band!
“LOWLANDS” release first EP - new full length album coming in 2010
Oceanside, CA, July 31 2009:
A year after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, roots rockers LOWLANDS are releasing the first in a planned regular series of EPs, to air live favorites, cover versions and other songs that don’t fit in with their albums for artistic reasons, yet which deserve a wider audience.
Already well into recording sessions for their second LP, the EP contains 5 tracks which serve as a bridge between “The Last Call” and the next release, to be titled “Gypsy Child” and slated for release in 2010. The songs on the EP chart the past, present and future of the band, with songs first written and recorded as long ago as the late 1990s.
Unlike the debut album, the EP was recorded and produced entirely in Italy, with no guest musicians. It features the new LOWLANDS line-up for the first time in the studio, with a replacement drummer and guitarist, and added pianist.
“Levee Man”, the opener, was originally recorded as part of the “Last Call” sessions. Ed Abbiati comments “This was almost the opening track for ‘The Last Call’.” It is earthy, elemental, raw – a precursor for the tracks that follow. “Lowlands” is a re-recording of the song that originally brought the band together, a cover version of The Gourds’ original, which will soon be appearing on a Gourds tribute album. The EP cover art, by emerging artist (and friend of the band) Cristiano Baricelli, was chosen because it reminded Ed of the ghost bride in the song.
“My Prison Walls” was written (and first recorded) in London in the 90s, and draws inspiration from poetry penned by Ed’s mother. “Lullaby” is the most recently-written song on the EP, and what began as a tribute to Ed’s newborn daughter Sara has been adopted by a major pharmaceutical company as a theme for an internal product awareness campaign, in the face of considerable competition.
“Walking Down the Street”, another that didn’t fit the flow of “The Last Call”, has evolved into a full-on rock masterpiece that stands on it’s own – the sound of a band finding it’s feet and direction. Expect more in a similar vein when “Gypsy Child” is released next year.
The EP is dedicated to the memory of Dante Speroni, father of guitarist Stefano. He was a night guard at a factory and in the mid 90s allowed Ed and Stefano to practice in the factory rooms all night. In a way the earliest incarnation of this band came from back then – in the early 90s – and his spirit lives on in the music of Lowlands.
This EP is a fine testament to the spirit that is LOWLANDS, the sound of a young band growing, maturing, and defining their unique sound. If you liked “The Last Call”, you’ll love this. If you’ve never heard of the band before, give this EP a try. Eighteen minutes of music that deserves to be on your playlist, and will remain in your head for a long time to come.
2010 - 11 tracks
**** - Rock'n'Reel (UK) Stunning new Album. **** Maverick Magazine (UK)
"Replacements crossed by Springsteen. 7,5" - Rootshighway
"Grunge on the outside, Roots on the inside. All Energy" - Le Cri Du Coyote (France)
Featuring: Tim Rogers (You Am I), Joey Huffman (Soul Asylum), Chris Cacavas, Mike Brenner, Richard Hunter and Amanda Shires.
Includes Gypsy Child, Gotta Be, Only Rain & Blow, Blue Wind Blow