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MP3 Jerry Velona - Leave Me Alone

This song combines a rootsy, classic rock/country sound with a lyric that makes you think a bit about personal freedom, responsibility and the loss of it.

2 MP3 Songs in this album (9:25) !
Related styles: ROCK: Classic Rock, COUNTRY: Country Rock

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Jerry Velona is Boston area singer/songwriter and musician. He attended Berklee College of Music and has been playing for years in clubs throughout Massachusetts and New England. “If anyone is doing a book about dives in the Boston area, see me for research”, he joked. Jerry has written and recorded dozens of original compositions which he has performed with his band Joint Venture. He won a Billboard songwriting award for his song Hip Hop No More. The song was part of an eponymous CD released in the late 90’s which received national airplay including heavy use in several episodes of MTV Cribs. Jerry’s voice has been featured in commercials, a cartoon pilot and on the song “At Last (you’re there)”, from the documentary film, “Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown”. “The story of my life”, Jerry cracked.

Jerry grew up in a musical family and studied classical violin and piano with his grandparents, both accomplished musicians. He eventually decided to take up drums and developed a love of early blues, rock and soul. All of these influences are apparent in Jerry’s music. “Pretty much everything I write draws in some way from American roots music”, he says. Jerry has been called a “chameleon vocalist” for his ability to capture a wide range of styles. His band’s set list includes tunes from Nat King Cole through James Brown. Asked about his songwriting influences, Jerry cites Ray Davies, Warren Zevon and Elvis Costello as some of his favorites.

Leave me Alone features Velona on vocals along with a stellar cast of some of Boston’s finest roots/rock musicians including Duke Levine and Kevin Belz on guitars, Tom West on piano, Richard Gates on bass and Zac Casher on drums. “These guys are all great players and we know each other well. They brought tremendous musicianship to the project”, he says. As a result of being told that the song had a “rebel rock” vibe ala’ Toby Keith and Hank Williams Jr., Jerry decided to work with well-known Nashville producer Fett who recommended country vocalist Tim Raybon to sing an alternate, country version. “Tim did a great job. I sure as hell can’t sound like that”, he says.

The song combines Jerry’s love of classic rock with his disgust at big and intrusive government. The song was originally entitled The Nanny State. Velona spoke about the difficulty of writing a song with a political message. “Few things turn me off more than some smug musician bleating about his politics”. You have to be careful not to pound people over the head”, he said. “I did a number of rewrites on this tune and I hope I was able to come up with something that has a political message but also appeals to the universal desire for freedom and autonomy. When someone listening to the song asked me how things were going with my wife, I knew I had something”, he said, smiling.

The CD cover photo was taken by Jerry’s son, Chris who is an accomplished videographer and producer for many MTV/VH1 productions as well as major artists. His daughter, Robin handles administrative work for his publishing company Christopher Robin Music. Jerry’s 9-year-old daughter Nina is pictured on his shoulder. “In keeping with the theme of the project, we asked her to look pissed-off”, he laughed, “that was easy”.

Leave Me Alone is being released as a single and will be included in a full-length record to be released late in 2008 or early 2009.

Jerry''s My Space web page https://www.tradebit.com (linked from this page) contains clips from other songs on the upcoming release. “It’s an eclectic collection of styles,” says Velona, “not exactly what record companies are looking for these days.” “But I think it’s all tied together by my musical sensibilities. There’s a piece of me in every song”, he says.

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