Richard Barone Remakes/Remodels Cool Blue Halo


1987 classic gets a
new airing.


By Blurt Staff


On May 4 erstwhile Bongos leader Richard Barone will
reassemble his ‘80s solo band and recreate his classic 1987 album Cool Blue Halo album in its entirety,
along with very special guests and added songs, at City Winery nearly 25 years
to the day of the release of the original album. This performance will be
recorded and filmed for CD and DVD release due out fall of 2012.


Heralded as introducing “chamber rock,” the
all-acoustic performances captured
on the original Cool Blue Halo blended classical, jazz, and art-rock elements. It was recorded live at New York’s Bottom Line on
a single evening in May 1987 – the original album featured singer, songwriter
and guitarist Barone leading an acoustic ensemble of cellist Jane Scarpantoni,
acoustic guitarist Nick Celeste and percussionist/keyboardist Valerie Naranjo.


Barone has established a PledgeMusic program to help fund
the whole project from start to finish, and grassroots contributors will be
eligible for downloads of the concert, deluxe editions of the physical release,
bonus footage, even a VIP Access package for the actual event. Go here to find
out more details
and to watch Barone’s intriguing pitch video.


Barone’s recent solo album, Glow (Bar/None Records), was produced by Tony Visconti and others.
His latest, Collection 2: Before &
, was released in December 2011.


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