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This latest recording, Vol.1 of 3, begins exploring the idea of home. A simple enough idea on the surface becomes deeper and wider with variants ranging from an address to receive mail to the after life. It can be a place of refuge, joy and peace or a place of fear to run from. Ultimately it is a place within ourselves.

Melissa's lyrics dig in to these ideas. Expressing the most personal experiences through a universal voice. Anyone can take these words and begin their own exploration based on their own experience.

The DeOrazios have taken this project to heart, writing and recording these songs at home. Utilizing Matthew's abilities on drums and bass in addition to guitar, to connect with and interpret Melissa's lyrics.

After nearly eight years of marriage, their connection is deep and the trust in each others care of the work they produce, unshakable. Ultimately, this couple is at home together.

Melissa DeOrazio - vocals/ acoustic guitar

Matthew DeOrazio - electric and acoustic guitars/ bass/ drums

Recorded, mixed and produced by Matthew DeOrazio.

Final mix supervised with Jacques DeLatour

Mastered at Esplanade Studios, New Orleans

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The much anticipated second release from this roots-rock couple and their musical cohorts, Magnolia shows the growth and creative cohesiveness that two years of work can yield. More songwriter/roots-based than their previous album "Le Grande Soiree", but still has their blues roots in the undertones.

The nine originals and one cover on this record takes the listener on a personal journey with the song writers. From full-band upbeat rockers to plaintive, soulful vocal/guitar numbers, they tell their story with honesty from the heart.

In particular, the opener, Long Time Coming, describes how the couple came together out of the chaos of Hurricane Katrina. The second cut, Love Remains, an ode to the family that inspires them. Song For Melissa, an instrumental open love letter, features a beautiful four piece horn arrangement and expressive organ accompaniment in addition to the heartfelt guitar melody. The title track, Magnolia, tells the sweet tale of love's budding, in the form of Melissa's tender vocal with acoustic and electric guitar accompaniment.

Those familiar with Sweet Jones' first release, the live Le Grande Soiree, will recognize three of the songs here- I Got My Own, Smokey Joe and I've Seen. During the interim, the couple re-visited these songs feeling they weren't quite finished. What you hear now is the final evolution of these pieces. In Melissa's words, "Songs have a way of letting you know how they need to sound." Matthew follows with "As songwriters, we need to be open to the possibility we weren't right the first time and let the process unfold. Even if that means re-writing the same song a few different ways."

The one cover on the record is the song What's Up by Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes). This was a request by their good friends Kimberly and Amber Wolf. Kimberly was fighting cancer at the time and her daughter Amber put together a benefit concert which she invited Sweet Jones to play. They worked up the song at Kimberly's request as it was her favorite song. It was so well received at the show, especially by Kimberly, they began including it in their regular live repertoire. Not long after, Amber approached Melissa and Matthew about helping to fund a recording to include this song. By her generosity and love, they started what would become Magnolia. Kimberly was a bright, strong spirit, but did not survive her cancer before this record was finished. They worked on her song to completion before continuing the rest of the recording. She was able to enjoy her song before leaving us for the spirit realm.

As always, it's about the journey. The steps we take, the lessons we learn, and the love we share along the way.

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El D's debut self titled EP displaying a wide scope of styles and influences in six songs. All born out of the blues and reaching in different directions. The record was tracked live with a core trio of guitar, bass and drums at the DeOrazio's home in New Orleans, allowing the band to really take their time and have fun playing the songs without the the constraints of time and money. The band is especially excited about and grateful to the guests that contributed their time and considerable talent to the songs. Keith Burnstein is an accomplished songwriter and keyboard player and good friend of El D's and they've performed many times together in each other's bands as well as on other bands gigs. Raul Gomez is another good friend of El D's and an accopmplished conductor and violinst in the classical world. He currently plays violin for the LPO as well as guest conducting orchestras in the New Orleans region. Expect to see more collaboration involving Raul in both El D's band and Sweet Jones. Another good friend is Greg Speck on accordion. El D and Greg have played many gigs together in other bands. Greg comes to New Orleans from upsate New York where he still leads one of the few cajun/zydeco bands in that area. He excels at cajun/zydeco styles accordion in addition to Eastern European styles. Lee Johnson spent a day and a half in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, so naturally El D put his little brother to work recording an extraordinary sax part for Baby What You Do. Lee is a very accomplished sax/ keyboard player in North Carolina where he leads his own band. El D did the final mix and mastering with Michael Seaman at Listen Up Studios in New Orleans.

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Home: Vol. 1

Sweet Jones

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  1. 1 I Remember Your Half Grin 04:21
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  2. 2 Who Will Be Your Spark 03:55
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  3. 3 It's Gonna Rain 04:50
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El D's debut self titled EP displaying a wide scope of styles and influences in six songs. All born out of the blues and reaching in different directions. The record was tracked live with a core trio of guitar, bass and drums at the DeOrazio's home in New Orleans, allowing the band to really take their time and have fun playing the songs without the the constraints of time and money. The band is especially excited about and grateful to the guests that contributed their time and considerable talent to the songs. Keith Burnstein is an accomplished songwriter and keyboard player and good friend of El D's and they've performed many times together in each other's bands as well as on other bands gigs. Raul Gomez is another good friend of El D's and an accopmplished conductor and violinst in the classical world. He currently plays violin for the LPO as well as guest conducting orchestras in the New Orleans region. Another good friend is Greg Speck on accordion. El D and Greg have played many gigs together in other bands. Greg comes to New Orleans from upsate New York where he still leads one of the few cajun/zydeco bands in that area. He excels at cajun/zydeco styles accordion in addition to Eastern European styles. Lee Johnson spent a day and a half in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, so naturally El D put his little brother to work recording an extraordinary sax part for Baby What You Do. Lee is a very accomplished sax/ keyboard player in North Carolina where he leads his own band. El D did the final mix and mastering with Michael Seaman at Listen Up Studios in New Orleans.

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Melissa On The Rocks

M.O.T.R.

Melissa On The Rocks (M.O.T.R.), is a collection of songs written by Melissa between 2005 and 2007. These were recorded by Matt and Melissa in Austin in the Spring of 2007, then mixed in L.A. by Gilli Moon, and mastered in New Orleans by Parker Dinkins. These masters then sat, in a box, in a closet, while the couple went on to form and develop Sweet Jones (and now called The Dirty Rain Revelers).

Some of these songs have been absorbed into their current set lists, having undergone new arrangements and re-writes. The remainder of the songs have been retired, but are still great recordings of songs the couple are very proud to share. It represents a snapshot of a time in their life after a year and a half of working together, developing this material live, and cementing their relationship as peer musicians, just prior to discovering and developing their deeper connection as a couple.

On this collection of songs, you'll hear Melissa's fortitude and power as a front person: A culmination of 10 years of playing live, as a solo artist in Austin and around the country. Here, she's at her most confident, fronting this power-pop trio, with Matthew on the drums, and Melinda Rothouse on bass.

M.O.T.R. is available to download and is also available for licensing.

The Austin Chronicle reviewed Melissa's Solo-Style album (pre-MOTR) - "Neo-folk in a rock vein...her thoughtful, sometimes plaintive style is sweetly underscored by tough songwriting that embraces her boundless world..."

Guitar/Vocals - Melissa DeOrazio
Drums - Matthew DeOrazio
Bass - Melinda Rothouse
Recorded/Engineered by Matthew DeOrazio in Austin, TX
Mixed/Produced by Gilli Moon in Los Angeles.
Additional tracks (keys/guitar effects) by Gilli Moon and Matt Thorne
copyright 2007

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Please contact us through the website to make arrangements.

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