Warm baritone voice . . .
. . . excellent story teller . . .
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New album now available: "The Orphan King"
get a snippet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXAXHV4vYyA
ED ROMANOFF, US-Singer/Songwriter
New Album: "The Orphan King"
release date: Feb 23, 2018
label: Pinerock Records
worldwide distribution: Proper Records
Stories are his lifeblood. Their source stems from observing people and their weaknesses, personal experiences and well-observed idiosyncrasies and oddities.
But not only human nature; the novelist of the songwriters also sharply turns his mind to political events as he meticulously and finely carves his words. ED ROMANOFF has a lot to tell. It is always worthwhile to take a good look at his lyrics, try to discover what’s hiding under the surface. His storytelling is poetic; even though some songs come along in a more narrative style rather than resembling poems, his poetry is always there, always tangible.
In Simone Felice he found the congenial producer for his second album "The Orphan King", on which his art has advanced and matured significantly in comparison to his first, which was published in 2012. Working on the album, Simone Felice and his brother James Felice have managed to create a genuine Americana sound infused with zeitgeist: While deeply rooted in the musical rhetoric of the genre with its usage of mandolins, fiddle, accordion and pedal guitars, the producer has managed to wield magic and to add a certain something, an Alternative touch. The album is many-faceted and wide-ranging and yet never loses sight of the essentials. For example, a Horn Section is used to spread authentic Southern flair in "The Night Is A Woman", and even a cello and the good old harmonium make their appearance. On the other hand, heavy guitars ("The Ballad Of Willie Sutton") and musically quoting of Pink Floyd (find out yourself where this is happening) are in no way contradictory but rather complement the album. The list of musicians is phenomenal (see below).
The single "Without You" would certainly have become a US # 1 hit for Johnny Cash and June Carter in the 1960s. A catchy melody combined with a hook that will haunt you and which you will want to keep on humming, set to the skilled use of words and wittiness. To be able to tell a story using exactly the right words combined with a subtle humor and thus effortlessly getting the meaning across and have the listener chuckling is a great gift and an art you don't encounter every day.
In times like these, where we need artists who are not afraid to make use of their voice, ED ROMANOFF is just the thing. He shows us that indeed it is possible to sound just like America without falling into the trap of populist frippery. In "Coronation Blues", the topic reminds to the enthronement of "King Trump" - merrily making us recall the fable of „The Emperor’s New Clothes“.
The album "The Orphan King" has successfully achieved the feat of merging the heritage of American folk with modern times - traditional instruments in consonance with electronic elements. The use of occasional sound feed serves to create additional atmospheric density (e.g. fairground scene in "The Elephant Man")
Ed's voice can be gruff and is always earthy and matured - yet it retains an element of fragility. His soft baritone, however, warms heart and soul. Not surprisingly one might be tempted to make the association with Leonard Cohen; and maybe rightly so, as Simone Felice was an inspiration to this recently deceased master of lyric music, too. Americana greats such as Crit Harmon, Josh Ritter and Mary Gauthier collaborated on the lyrics. Literally there is a story behind each and every song, but to tell them all would be beyond the scope of the bio. Try to catch him live and you'll surely be treated to a few: It is an integral and very charming part of his shows when ED ROMANOFF weaves in these stories between the songs.
ED ROMANOFF has been supporting the singer Rachael Yamagata, who also lives in Woodstock, NY, on her three last European tours which took him to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Hamburg, Zurich, Barcelona, Munich, etc.
The list of participating musicians serves to emphasize the sincerity on the musical level; it reads like a beautiful and significant part in the "Who's Who" of the musical pedigree of Americana:
- Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Van Morrison), slide guitar
- Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Levon Helm Band, Bat For Lashes), drums & producer
- Zach Djanikian (Amos Lee, Rachael Yamagata), bass
- Crit Harmon, Mary Gauthier, Josh Ritter, co-writer
- Lee Nadel (Sara Bareilles), bass
- Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Little Feat, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, etc.), guitars
- James Felice (Felice Brothers), keyboards
- David Baron (Lenny Kravitz, Lumineers, Meghan Trainor, Bat For Lashes), keyboards
- Teresa Williams (Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Little Feat , etc.), vocals
- Rachael Yamagata (Ryan Adams, JasonMraz, Ray LaMontagne, Bright Eyes, Solo-Artist, etc.), vocals
- Kenneth Pattengale (Milk Carton Kids), guitars, mandoline
- Cindy Mizelle (Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Session Band, Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey), vocals
- Chris Pasin (Buddy Rich, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles, etc.), trumpet
- Jay Collins (Gregg Allman Band), flute
- Brian Goss (Warm Jets, Warzone, The Noise, etc), electric guitar
- Peter Doran (Solo Artist from Ireland), vocals
- Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz, Adam Cohen, Sara Bareilles), cello
watch the EPK to "The Orphan King":
"The Orphan King" debuted at the Euro Americana Charts in February 2018 at No. 2, holding this position for March, and still Top Ten at No. 6 in April 2018:
available on amazon.com:
Ed Romanoff’s 2012 self-titled debut is a gritty masterwork of melancholic and atmospheric Americana. The 11 songs were recorded with Crit Harmon (Lori McKenna, Martin Sexton), Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, and Meg Hutchinson. Mary Gauthier and Dave Mattacks also feature.
The first record evokes the swampy mysticism of New Orleans and the kind of redemption you find at the end of an introspective night with a good bottle of whiskey. “There is something compelling about why I’m doing this now,” Ed says thoughtfully. “There is truth in a good song, and when you pursue it, and write about something real, you find out something real and true about yourself. And the more you do it, the more it helps you heal, and it heals others in a similar way. It’s a crazy circle but it works.”
Ed Romanoff's voice reminds many listeners to the warm baritone of Leonard Cohen....and like Mr. Cohen, Ed Romanoff tells some of the best stories in the world of Singer/Songwriters.
His incredible story is proven in the tracks which cut a wide emotional swath, from the good‐natured sorry-I-messed-up sentimentality of “I Must Have Done Something Right” to the brave vulnerability of “St. Vincent De Paul”, written after a visit to an orphanage in New Orleans. A chance encounter with Nashville songwriter Mary Gauthier led to him being invited, extraordinarily, to perform on Mary’s world tour. Ed joined Mary on tour and performed his songs in theatres across ten countries in front of thousands of people, then on radio and television before millions, live ‘on air.’
Soon after the tour Ed opted to take a DNA test to feel closer to his Russian father, who had passed away many years before. He received the shock of his life in June 2010, when he learned that the father he grew up with was not his biological father after all. The DNA results of several tests confirmed heritage was actually from Ireland or Scotland. On “St. Vincent De Paul” Ed sings about the search for his father with weathered sincerity:
“If we met on the street / Would I Know His Face?
And would he look into mine / And find there is a trace
Of a woman he loved once / A long time ago
Or would I pass him right by
And not even know it
A basket of rushes in a river of men.”
Today, Ed continues to write songs and is currently working on a book about the search for his father. He lives in Woodstock NY with his rescue dog from Costa Rica, Freckles and the two travel together.
On Tour (Europe):
2018, Sept 17 Green Note, London, UK
...more dates will be announced soon...
Recent tour dates (Europe):
special guest for RACHAEL YAMAGATA
2017 April 14, Omeara, London, ENGLAND (UK) ---SOLD OUT---
2017 April 15, Omeara, London, ENGLAND (UK) ---SOLD OUT---
2017 April 18, Feierwerk, München, GERMANY
2017 April 20, Moritzbastei, Leipzig, GERMANY
2017 April 27, Fonderia Aperta Teatro, Verona, ITALY
2017 April 28, Wishlist, Roma, ITALY
2017 May 05, Antiga Fabrica Estrella Damm, Barcelona, SPAIN
2017 May 06, Costello Club, Madrid, SPAIN ---SOLD OUT---
2017 May 07, Lost Collective, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
2015 september 19th, The Garage, London, UK
2015 september 21st, Logo, Hamburg, GERMANY
2015 september 22nd, Heimathafen, Berlin, GERMANY
2015 september 24th, Club Il Giardino, Verona, ITALY
2015 september 25th, Boca Barranca, Ravenna, ITALY
2015 september 26th, Bar Rossi, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
2015 september 28th, Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY
2015 september 29th, Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
2015 september 30th, Rotown, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
2015 october 1st, De Nieuwe Erf, Diessen, NETHERLANDS
2015 october 4th, Bikini, Barcelona, SPAIN
2015 february 19th, Milla Club, Munich, GERMANY
2015 february 20th, Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY
2015 february 21th, Moritzbastei, Leipzig, GERMANY
2015 february 22nd, Studio 672, Cologne (Köln), GERMANY
2015 february 23rd, Zwölfzehn, Stuttgart, GERMANY
2015 february 24th, Steinbruch, Duisburg, GERMANY
2015 february 26th, Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, GERMANY
2015 february 27h, Privatclub, Berlin, GERMANY ---SOLD OUT---
Solo (with Clive Barnes); spring 2015
DC Music Club, Dublin Ireland
Coughlans, Cork Ireland
McCarthy’s Dingle, Co. Kerry Ireland
The Island Music Club, Crusheen Co. Clare Ireland
Cleeres, Kilkenny Ireland
Mick Murphy’s Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare Ireland
In the press:
ROLLING STONE magazine (Germany) rated 4**** (out of 5 stars)
-Buscadero, Italy: ***1/2 (out of 4*)
plus an article in "Buscadero":
review in Rhein-Main-Magazin:
"High-calibre.. classy... an assured debut album"
"The songs are haunting, and good writing like this is all too rare."
“Between Ed’s sonorous baritone voice and arrangements that feature strings and horns in carefully layered style, this whole record demands you to stop and pay attention, because this is weighty stuff.”
“Ed Romanoff’s debut CD charms through versatile acoustic guitar work, and writing and singing that are both plainspoken and artful.”
“If I was to draw a musical map Ed Romanoff would be a
on the record:
In Germany the song "Two Yellow Roses" is released on the compilation:
"Independent Celebration, Vol.1" (Birdstone Records)
In the radio: