September 11, 2010
The Porch Pistols supplied the vibe at Rita's house. We had a benefit to raise some hay about the township wanting drive a bulldozer through Rita's living room. We played out favorite tunes and had an open jam with some talented folks.
June 6, 2010
Chapter 4 of New Jersey's Rolling Thunder asked us to come out and support the veterans, check out cool bikes, look at hot girls, and play original music. So, of course we were there. There was entertainment by The Porch Pistols, food, beverages (know what I mean?), and a worthwhile cause.
Special thanks to Kerri, Melanie, and the crew of JD's Pub & Grille in Smithville, NJ.
May 6, 2010
The band rocked the Captain's Inn Tiki Bar all night long. This was Vinnie's first time out with the group, and he shined with his drumming. Tom was living it up. Pat held down the bottom. CJ played his big funky acoustic guitar.
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April 1, 2010
The Porch Pistols did two long sets at McIntyre’s Pub in Toms River, NJ. The songs were strong, the crowd was hip to powerful original music, so it didn't those folks long to realize it was groovy and get into it. Toms River has always been a musical place, and new ideas are welcome.
March 16, 2010
The Porch Pistols showed up at High Velocity in Beachwood to play a few songs with the house band's rhythm section. Those guys gave us a huge backing sound.
March 14, 2010
We met Phil at the Captain's Inn (Forked River, NJ). Phil had a guitar and a flute. We had a guitar and some harmonicas. We jammed on some Porch Pistols classics. You just never where we can take the stage on a whim and pull off some hits for the crowd.
July 31, 2009
We had a big crowd at the Shark Fin Inn (Forked River, NJ). The response to the original music was beyond our expectations. Most people don't get a chance to experience sound like that. It was raw, sincere, and powerfully soulful. The single "L.B.I. Girl" went over huge.
Pat played some amazing bass, and Kid Alex gave the crowd the countrified soul vibe that brought in a taste of the old days. Paul Unkert was there checking out the scene. Deb brought a bunch of friends. All kinds of people found something in common with the sound.
May 30, 2009
It was a good day to come out and see the Pistols. Our first debut with a full band was powerful. A fantastic bassist came out to meet us and play the low end, and a super drummer fell out of the sky and landed on the stage.
The jams were remininscent of the 1960s when pure music came out of big speakers, and the music was real.
The Porch Pistols will be touring with the full band, bringing the big sound to a stage near you.
February 21, 2009
We began the night with a strong set at Cafe 55 in Brick, NJ. The crowd was cool, the sound was strong.
We took the party down the Garden State Parkway to the Captain's Inn in Forked River. We were asked to play some songs for another great crowd, so we got up and rocked it. Special thanks to Cat getting us up on stage.
February 8, 2009
The My Blue Jeans CD Release Party was very cool. The crowd really liked the sounds and overall vibe of the show. The songs from the new album came out great. We debuted Rosemary and some other unreleased material, and those songs were well received. We tapped into the Porch Pistols groove, and we spread the groove to the crowd. We were asked to play an extra set, so we got back up there and let loose some more. Special thanks to Big Ed. Also a big thanks to Jill Crawford (friend of major labels and real estate superstar). Also thanks to those friends who said they came out for us, but probably came out for the award winning hot wings. Check our Upcoming Shows for future shows at the Shark Fin Inn.
January 18, 2009
The poster for our CD Release Party is available for download as a free JPG file. The poster commemorates the release of our 2nd album My Blue Jeans. Get this unique piece of art now by clicking on the image below.
January 14, 2009
Our second album is ready to go. For those who know the process, go get a beer. For those who don't, check this out:
Unlike other music, our music is completely spontaneous. We make up the chords and lyrics as we go. Like our first album, we didn't over process the sound. We left it rugged and true to its spirit. We sprinkled a few harmonies in there, and made some cover art.
This album has some great cuts, and you won't be dissappointed. For upbeat improv with groovy lyrics, download Miss Me Too.* For an emotional piece that will move your soul, try Hand in Hand. If you can't wait, contact us via the Contact page. The album will be available online very soon. You can get a copy now by bringing a six-pack of Corona Light beer to...oops.
* If your web browser doesn't play MP3 files, or if you have any other browser problems, download Miss Me Too by right-clicking on the above link and select Save Target As..
January 9, 2009
We just played a show in the world famous Crystal Lake building. The ballroom had the original wooden beams from the days of when Al Capone, Frank Sinatra, and other famous and infamous folks were sipping drinks in style. The original building, the Royal Pines, was built in 1929 as a luxury resort in the middle of the woods. We played most of our classics and tried some songs from the new My Blue Jeans album.
September 6, 2008
Another charity? We couldn't turn it down. It was another great event for CONTACT of Ocean. This time we played at the Lacey Elks on the water in Forked River, NJ. Some Elks clubs are small, and some are smaller - but this place was large and had it's own events building, along with several boat docks, but it was the great people there who made it an awesome time.
The Purple Void was also there playing great renditions of their favorite rock songs.
August 30, 2008
Rock the River is a great event that spans the bay area of Forked River, NJ. The Porch Pistols played on the stage at the South Winds Restaurant and Grille. We stayed after the show and watched the lighted boat show with our fans and friends. It was one huge party that covered multiple bars in the area. Don't miss next year's Rock the River. The event is a great charity, and it's a blast!
July 26, 2008
Paul Unkert (world famous luthier and creator of UNK Guitars) was playing his upright bass in his band Up & Running.
Concerts in the park can be great places to get out and meet people while hearing great music. Toms River is becoming a hub for musical gatherings, and Paul's band helps draw the people and keep the spirit of the arts alive in our area.
Check out Paul's line of guitars at:http://www.unkguitars.com/
July 19, 2008
We had a great time playing at Albert Hall. We grew up with older friends and relatives who frequented Albert Hall when we were youngsters. It was always a place in our hearts we hoped to play, and we finally stood on the stage and let loose with our big sound.
Check out the winner of a Porch Pistols album and poster. We learned that night that the guy is a great guitarist.
June 6, 2008
The Ocean County Artists' Guild invited us to play in their wonderful building (a restored Victorian house). The room was not designed for sound, yet it had an ambient reverb that gave a beautiful depth to the music. Other performers were very inspiring.
The Ocean County Artists' Guild is located in Island Heights, NJ. You can visit the web site at http://www.islandhts.org/
May 10, 2008
On May 10th, we played at the grand opening of the Toms River Artists' Co-operative Exit 81 (TRACx81). We have played in public before, but this event had special meaning.
Toms River is the hub of our childhood, and it's alive with art and music. The town is ripe for a super rebirth of culture. We'll do our part to bring music to the streets. The painters will paint, and the sculptors will throw clay - and it's a happening scene for everyone.
May 7, 2008
Our new movie "The Sandy Sloop" is complete and uploaded to YouTube. Type "Clearwater Competition" in the YouTube search box to find the movie, or click on the picture below. The song was improvised and recorded in one take. The visuals came together based on a theme of conversion. (We shouldn't give away the meaning to those who haven't seen it yet.)
March 19, 2008
A MOVIE? Yep. We started shooting a short for an upcoming film festival. We took our gear out to the Pygmy Forest to get some scenes. The place has a wondeful vibe, and we hope it comes across on the screen. It's a concept that has a cool and different sound, and it's got a cool take on the environmental. We're working a smart visual to get the concept across.
February 29, 2008
We're not the only ones who get a natural high from the great outdoors. We met a friend on the porch. He just got his book published, and he was getting in some walking time out by the cranberry bogs.
February 20, 2008
We made the songs from our debut album available on CDBABY. You can get the whole album or download songs individually.
December 28, 2007
We took a trip out to Hangar 1 in Lakehurst, which is famous for the Hindenberg diaster. It was on the brisk side, but the air felt great. The lighting was good for photography. We brought the 1975 35mm camera with black & white film.
After our walk around the area, we hiked out to a giant sandpit. Having spent so much time in the sugar sand of the New Jersey pine barrens, it felt good to walk down to the Caribbean blue lake.
December 15, 2007
Elana James played at the Ocean County Library. While that may not sound like much of a gig for an artist who has played with some legendary folks, the library is about as big as the state of Rhode Island, and it's a happening place. We talked to the manager about a Porch Pistols show.