Music Industry News Network [05-24-2011]

P.J. Pacifico Compared To Paul Simon, Gin Blossoms In Early Rave Reviews For Upcoming Viper CD, 'Outlet'



“It reminds me of early Paul Simon, and his songs share the same gentle portent”

“A heartfelt honesty”

“His best work to date… the sort of singer/songwriter effort critics have been predicting Pacifico would one day create”

Comparisons to Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, Matthew Sweet, as P.J. Pacifico’s ‘Outlet’ Earns Pre-Release Raves

Radio-Friendly Rock/Pop CD
Set for June 7th on Viper Records – Includes Tracks Produced by Grammy Award Winner Dave O'Donnell (John Mayer, James Taylor)

Pre-release raves have begun to roll in for singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico’s radio friendly pop/rock CD, ‘Outlet’.  With comparisons to Paul Simon, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Matthew Sweet, Gin Blossoms and more, reviewers are praising Pacifico for the “natural, conversational quality” of his lyrics and the “heartfelt honesty” in his music. It’s “his best work to date… the sort of singer/songwriter effort critics have been predicting Pacifico would one day create.”
Pacifico will soon be featured on WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, on The CW Network/WGN-TV, FOX-TV and more, as his road-tested music wins fans among print, television, radio and web-based media. The June 7th Viper Records release is accompanied by an ongoing U.S. tour, and an itinerary follows, below. One of the album’s highlights, the simmering ballad ‘Lakeshore Drive’, is featured in this solo acoustic performance, filmed in Pacifico’s home state of Connecticut:

Each of the ten songs on ‘Outlet’ was written since Pacifico’s engagement (and subsequent marriage) to his long-time girlfriend, and several tracks pay homage to his new bride. Pacifico’s ‘ownership’ of the new material comes via months of live performances of the material prior to recording the album, as he embarked on an extended residency in Connecicut, often playing as many as four nights per week. Listen to a streaming sampler of the music, here:

By Jack Goodstein 5/4/11
Seattle PI:

When singer-songwriter P. J. Pacifico is at his best there is a heartfelt honesty to his music. You can hear it in his voice; you can hear it in his lyrics. There is a palatable flow of emotions that seems at once spontaneous and completely sincere. And of the ten songs — nine written by the singer — on his latest album, Outlet (to be released in June), there are plenty of examples of Pacifico at his best.

There is a natural, conversational quality to his lyrics that reminds me of nothing so much as the aesthetic reaction against artificiality in poetry that marked the Romantic poetry of the 19th century and became a hallmark of modern verse. The "common language of the common man" verse that spoke the way people really spoke was emblematic of the sincerity of the poet. Pacifico's lyrics, written we are told after the engagement and eventual marriage to his longtime girlfriend, sing with the same kind of sincerity.

"As Soon as I Can," for example, a song which he describes as a thank you to his wife for her complete support for his career, is an unsentimental look at the artist's need for freedom. It is a simple description of his feelings as he leaves her to go on tour and sees her face saying one thing, her voice another. Emotion is wrapped in natural conversation. Contrast this with the lyric gymnastics of "Waiting" which he describes as a fictional song about "falling for your best friend." Here he seems more interested in coming up with ingenious rhymes than he is with honest expression.

Still it is honesty of emotion that dominates the album. "Lakeshore Drive," "Heads Up," "Targets" and "Fold Up Your Heart" all have that natural quality which belies artifice: art without artificiality. It is art at its best that keeps the artifice hidden; not an easy thing to do. It is the artist who can make you forget all the work that went into creating what you are hearing that is the true artist. Pacifico makes it seem easy.

"New Song" is a playful illustration of what seems like a spontaneous composition. It is a self-referential meta-song, a song about itself. Pacifico says it reminds him of Blues Traveler's "Hook," which it surely does. It is as though the song is writing itself as he sings. The words he sings are the only words he knows. They are his just because he says so. He's not sure how long it will last, but he will sing it to the end. Again, there seems to be no artifice to what is clearly very artful. All I can do is try to finish the thing, he says, about a song which has clearly been finished, as he gives the finger to the establishment.

"Ships in the Night," the one song on the album not written by Pacifico, is by Jonathan and Ken Stuart. Its sound is much more country than anything else on the album. Pacifico's songs have a softer, pop-rock vibe. "Home With Me," the story of ten years of his relation with his wife before their marriage, is much more the characteristic sound of the songs on Outlet. It is a sound you are likely to hear a lot more of in the future. Videos of Pacifico covering songs like Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" and the Beatles' "Something" as well as several other songs are available on his website. There is also a short promotional video for the new album, which will give you a sampling of some of the new material.

WILDYSWORLD – 4-Star CD Review
By Wildy Haskell, May 23, 2011

P.J. Pacifico has been wowing crowds around the US for several years now. His sophomore album, Always & Everywhere, found Pacifico beginning to amass the sort of critical acclaim and exposure that fans have expected for some time. Pacifico has spent the past couple of years on the road, playing live and perfecting new material. In that time he became engaged and then married to his girlfriend of a decade. On June 7, 2011, P.J. Pacifico releases his third album, Outlet. Born of well-seasoned numbers and songs inspired by the love of his life, Outlet finds P.J. Pacifico truly coming into his own as a grounded singer/songwriter. Long compared to Matthew Sweet, James Taylor and the Gin Blossoms, Pacifico has finally settled into his own distinctive sound that has its roots in all of the above but has seasoned with time.

Outlet opens with "Fold Up Your Heart", a song about picking up the pieces after heartbreak. Pacifico's lightly gravelly voice is exceedingly pleasant to listen to, and the chorus is absolutely memorable. The catchy country/rock arrangement is likely to have wide appeal. "Heads Up" sounds like a blend of Rob Thomas and Alan Parsons, a kiss-off song to a friend who goes to the well one too many times. Pacifico dresses it up in an Americana sound with deluxe vocal harmonies. "Home With Me" takes a ten year relationship and compresses it into less than five minutes. It's a mature love song, sweet but realistic. Pacifico touches on both the highs and lows of getting to someplace good, in the process creating one of his most commercial viable songs to date. This is a potential hit, but would probably need the help of getting attached to a big movie soundtrack to get the attention it deserves.

"Lakeshore Drive" is an edgy, low-key rocker that represents Pacifico's first composition not written in A-440 tuning. The Chicago reference is obvious, but Pacifico is mysterious on the specifics of inspiration. No matter, the unusual sound and style here will keep listeners glued to their speakers. "As Soon As I Can" is a tribute to Pacifico's wife. It's a song that any working and travelling artist with a supportive spouse at home can understand. There's a melancholy here born of the dual pull of needing to be on the road and wanting to be at home that is touchingly real. "Waiting" is about two friends falling slowly in love, while being the only two in the world oblivious to the fact. Pacifico's writing is artful and sweet, taking a fictional scenario and breathing life into it with fitful glances and false starts that come across in the music. This one definitely has licensing potential.

"New Song" is self-referential and fun, a song about the song itself, ala Jason Plumb's "Protest Song". It's catchy and fun bit of fluff that's a treat for the ear. "Where Can I Be" has a Paul Simon-gone-country feel to it, both in the songwriting and the subject matter. Pacifico ruminates on new paths going forward, and the human collateral incurred by changes in direction. The song is a general message that just because he's off on his own that old doors aren't necessarily closed. Pacifico wrote the song with the idea of collaboration while recording only one vocal track, suggesting perhaps musical stories not yet complete. "Ships In The Night" is a song about what might have been; near misses and the moments of contemplation that surround them. There's a palpable quality to the song that cannot be ignored, and Pacifico breathes life into the moment. Outlet closes with "Targets", an ode to being on the road and the sights seen as a traveling musician. The arrangement is Pacifico on voice and guitar, and a galloping backbeat born of the early days of rock n roll.

P.J. Pacifico has always shown a distinctive voice as a songwriter, and his singing voice is nothing to sneeze at either, but on Outlets it all comes together. Just as the pieces of his life have fallen into place over the past few years, Pacifico's musical gifts have fallen into place to create his best work to date. Full of heart, class and spirit, Outlet is the sort of singer/songwriter effort critics have been predicting Pacifico would one day create. There's still room to grow (there always is), but Pacifico has finally found the comfort to let everything flow into song. Outlet is breakout waiting to happen. Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

SomethingElseReviews – ‘Sneak Peek Track’
By Nick DeRiso, May 4, 2011

With a piano signature that mimics rain water trickling from a downspout, and an easy-going, almost confidential delivery that sounds like a softer Toad the Wet Sprocket (or a tougher Gin Blossoms?), P.J. Pacifico’s “Waiting” couldn’t feel more confectionary. At first, anyway. Though his subject matter seems firmly ensconced in the golden crushes of summer, he sings like autumn, a fragile brown leaf tumbling end over end. Sure, there’s a youthful longing, but this tale of hoped-for passion doesn’t feel like the sweaty urgency of August, so much as the warm scratch of an old blanket on that first cool October night — something you pull close knowing it will take a while to warm up.
With “Waiting,” and really the bulk of his forthcoming CD Outlet (due June 7 on Viper Records), I’m struck by Pacifico’s willingness to be still. It reminds me of early Paul Simon, and his songs share the same gentle portent. There is, on the surface, a limitless innocence — “friendship first is the real prize,” Pacifico says of this young relationship — but underneath that, you hear real doubt. There remain the possibilities of darker outcomes.
“What is this before us?” Pacifico sings, later. “I guess I felt it since I first melted into you: You and I should begin. I’ll get around to telling you. I’m just waiting for the right time.”
Why wait? Well, that’s where the trepidation comes in. Unspoken, as T Bone Stone’s keyboard begins running past again in rivulets, is just why. But I think I have an idea. Though the details are different for everyone, I’m sure you do, too. It makes for a terrific piece of songwriting, the things not said.
In finding the tender disquiet between desire and fear, in accepting that feeling as its own place — rather than a signpost to be rushed past — Pacifico imbues “Waiting” with a welcome tension. It’s not as sweet as it sounds at first. But then, nothing is, right?  Also syndicated via All About Jazz and elsewhere:

Ear Might: P.J. Pacifico Talks a New Record and an Old Habit
By Dan Barry May 4, 2011,0,617014.story

P.J. Pacifico is a battle-hardened road warrior who talks like a surfer and sings like a modern James Taylor. He's on the verge of releasing his newest record, Outlet, a punchy collection of folk rock centered on his recent marriage. Part of his excitement stems from the fact that his friends and family each seem to latch onto something personal in the disc. “Everyone has different sets of favorite tunes from the new album,” says Pacifico in a phone interview. “I'm not getting the repeated tunes. That's a great sign! I just can't wait till [the record release on] June 7. I just want it to be out there.” The Norwalk guitar-slinger has several discs under his belt, and by his own estimation has written between 250 and 300 songs. (“'Course, I only use about 20 percent, 30 percent of them.”) But the most notable aspect of his career is probably his insane touring schedule, which regularly takes him across the country. “There's a lot of people who look at my schedule and say ‘Damn, how do you do it?' Not drinking helps. I don't know how some people do it and drink. I wouldn't be able to function.” In his song descriptions for Outlet, Pacifico mentioned that a lifestyle change was what allowed his relationship with his longtime girlfriend to transform into a marriage. I ask if the change he referred to was putting down the bottle. “I don't really like to talk about that too much, because I stopped drinking three years ago with the last release. The last one was the ‘sober' record and the new one is the ‘married' record,” he answers. But a moment later, he opens right up — characteristic of a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve in his music. “I definitely wouldn't be talking to you if I was drinking. When you're clear, man, it's a lot different. It has an effect on songwriting for sure. I used to write songs just to have new songs. Now I go back and I refine a little bit, and try them out live for a while, and change some lyrics here and there.” “So you feel like you're more in touch with a creative process that works?” I ask. “I'm certainly using 100 percent of my tools. I was too fogged-in before.” While Pacifico's tour schedule incorporates dry venues like coffeeshops and performing arts centers, a fair amount of his gigs are at bars. “You can't turn a gig down, you can't be picky. Sometimes you gotta play the bars.” The cool thing is, for Pacifico, booze isn't a demon constantly threatening to derail his career. “It's not like I look around and go ‘Oh my god, look at those beers! Look at that shot of Jack!' The drooling phase is way gone. But it's more like, ‘I've done this scene. I've sooo done this scene.' … So I try to book early shows, not primarily at bars. Or [I book] the coffeehouses. I wanna go where people listen.” And Pacifico is right to emphasize venues that let his craft shine. His skill as a songwriter is beginning to earn him some opportunities above and beyond the typical gig. He recently did an artist-in-residency workshop at a high school. “I was talking to a bunch of high-school girls in the library about songwriting. Doing stuff like that is an honor. Those two hours flew by. I'm doing the same thing at the Gathering of the Vibes this year. At the Teen Vibes stage, I'm gonna be doing a class, kinda like a forum. Do a little speaking and examples, and then take questions, and then do a set afterwards.” This Friday's gig will fulfill a long-standing dream for Pacifico. He's wanted to record a live set for some time now, and the Southport Congregational Church will provide an intimate setting for his music. You can expect a mix of old songs, material from Outlet, carefully chosen covers, and even a few never-been-played-before songs.

MELODIC.NET  Interview feature
By Rickard Holmgren, May 19, 2011

P.J. Pacifico will be releasing his third album "Outlet" on June 7th. got the chance to ask him some questions, here is what he had to say:

1. Hi and welcome to How are you?
I'm fine, thanks. It's a rainy Monday, and I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a glass of milk, an episode of T.J. Hooker on in the background and your interview questions in front of me. Perfect.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Norwalk, CT and grew up playing ice hockey year round. When I wasn't on the ice I studied drums for about 10 years. I always sang, thanks to my Mom. She used to host her barbershop quartet rehearsals in our kitchen and I was immediately hooked when I heard those harmonies. Car rides with my Mom were filled with her putting her own harmonies on the pop songs of the late 70's and 80's, which was very cool to hear. Music was always around; piano in the kitchen, a barbershop quartet in the kitchen at least once a week, harmonious car rides, drums, reruns of The Monkees on TV, my KISS infatuation, then my Muppet Show drum kit which led to it all. I was a singing drummer in my high school band, The Front. We thought we were R.E.M. meets The Replacements. When it came time to go to college, I couldn't really bring my drum kit to my dorm room, so I got an acoustic guitar for high school graduation. I learned some basic chords, and then "Brown Eyed Girl", and then took a stab at writing my own tunes. Some poems from poetry class combined with a few basic chords, and I was off. I caught the songwriting bug, immediately. I had a post college band that toured the east coast for a bunch of years,which fizzled in 2000. I kept writing songs and then recorded some which led to Jonathan Stuart at Viper Records in NYC hearing the demos. He released my first solo record in 2006. Here I am about to release my third full length record on Viper on June 7th. I'm really proud of this record.
3. What can you tell us about your album "Outlet"?
It's my first record that I love all the way through. As an artist, you're your own worst critic, and I dealt with some songs that I'd always fast forward on the last two releases. This one I let play through until the end with a smile. I promised myself I was going to make a record where I was psyched about EVERY song. And most importantly, be psyched to perform every song live. It's also the first time I've worked with an outside producer. My last two albums have been produced by Andy Abel,but this one has Dave O'Donnell producing the first two tracks. Dave has worked with some greats and won some Grammy's, so it was cool to be coached by a set of fresh ears. Dave also brought in some killer players, too. The album is cool to me because in the past I was told to "pick a lane", genre wise. A lot of my stuff was all over the map in the past. I kept that in mind while recording, but still bounce around between folk/pop/rock with a hint of country. I guess that might be the P.J. Pacifico lane. But, in a nutshell, this album has a bunch of different players on it (which I love), a couple different producers and one song I didn't write. I love everything about it. It's short, sweet and hooky.
4. Who are your main influences when it comes to music?
My Mom's voice, James Taylor's melodies and Paul Simon's lyrics. Throw in some Misfits, Whiskeytown and Del Amitri and chuck them all in a blender, and you get something close my music.
5. How do you write songs? What does the creation process look like?
Almost all of the time music and/or melody come first, then I'll add the lyrics. It's easier for me to have a melody and a hook first. Especially when I know the syllables of the hook, it's easier to plug in the words. Writing lyrics that tell a story, with a universal theme is another story. Putting both a hook with great lyrics is obviously the goal, but that doesn't always happen and songs end up getting shelved. I've got tons of songs that I either haven't finished or don't feel they're good enough to put out there. The cool thing about songs is that you can always go back to them and rework them until you fell they're done. Which, can also be a pain in the ass. Then again, you can try them out live at certain gigs too. A lot can happen to songs if you perform them out live for a while before recording them. Of course, out of nowhere, you can also have songs that write themselves in a half hour. Those are usually the most special.
6. Is there a particular song out there that you wish you had written?
Ha! Yeah, tons of them. There's nothing I appreciate more than a great song. There's a song out there now by David Ramirez out of Austin, TX called "Shoeboxes" that I absolutely love. Stephen Kellogg has a bunch I admire as well. I could list a bunch, but it's more like I hear a great song and think to myself "okay, I need one of those". Which, I believe, is an honest inspiration from all the other great writers out there. That's why I love touring and at the same time, meeting and hearing other writers. I learn from them. It isn't a competition. I'm constantly listening and learning.
7. Have you set any ultimate goals with your music?
Weird. I set one a couple years ago and just met it last week. I need a new one now. There's nothing like the feeling of setting a goal and meeting it. My first goal a few years ago was to make a living as a musician. I've accomplished that and I'm so grateful for it. Doing what I love for a living is the most important thing to me. Anything else is a bonus. But to answer your question, a song on the Billboard charts is my next one. I wouldn't call it the "ultimate" goal, it's my next goal. I've been setting goals since I took the leap a few years back as a full time musician, and I've met them all. I'm doing something right, I guess.
8. If you could choose, who is the ultimate artist to tour with?
Someone who could join me for a song during my set and vice versa. I've been a little obsessed with Lissie lately, so to tour with her would be fantastic. Will Hoge is another writer I'd love to tour with. Edwin McCain, Martin Sexton.....lots of folks.
9. Who is the best artist you have ever shared a stage with?
Crosby, Still & Nash at Gathering Of The Vibes in 2009. Hands down. To see my name on the same bill as them blew me away. I grew up worshiping them.
10. What is the biggest challenge for an artist today, in your opinion?
The biggest challenge for an artist without an agent is to get out there and tour. I don't have an agent and I get my ass out on the road as much as possible. But it's like anything in life; you have to work hard. And in some cases you have to pay your dues. It's all possible. If you're sitting in front of a computer as a musician, you've probably already uploaded your stuff to Youtube/Myspace/Reverb Nation, etc. That's great! But, the next step is to book yourself a tour and get out there. You might not make much money at first, but you will. It takes persistence and organizing, but it's totally possible. I've done it and still do it. Some might say the biggest challenge for an artist is getting radio play, which is true to a certain extent. But, you can tour without radio play, trust me. Once you're touring, radio play starts to creep in. Then the ball really starts rolling. Start small, set goals and things will happen. But in the end, if the songs can't do the talking on their own, you're in trouble. You have to have the songs to back up the hype. And work.......hard.
11. What is your take on piracy and illegal downloads?
Well, it's both good and bad for an artist. It's good if someone likes your music enough to steal it! Let's look at it that way first. And, there really is no way of stopping it, as of yet. If people are downloading your music illegally, it also means there's a demand for you in a market/city. Which then means you can hit those markets with a tour. Also, let's be real. You made music in the first place for people to hear it, right? So, let them hear it! You can't stop them anyway. Dave Matthews started his successful career with his fans having a HUGE underground tape swapping following in the beginning. I'm pretty sure he wasn't thinking about missing out on money back then. That led to him having big audiences in multiple markets, which was way more important at the time before the internet. Look at him now. Touring is where you'll make your money. Go sell CD's at shows and meet your fans. That's very important. So, if people are stealing your music off the internet, shut up and be psyched. You're stuff is spreading! If it wasn't, then I'd be worried. To answer both sides of the question, it's bad for the artist because you don't get credit for a sale. Which, in turn, is really bad for the record company. The record labels lose out the most on illegal downloads.
12. Thanks for answering the questions, any final words for our readers?
Thanks for reading and check out my new record, Outlet. It will be released on June 7th on Viper Records and available at all download sites and For all other info and tour dates, please visit Thanks again!!

By Jim Pasinski – May 6, 2011 - JP’s Music Blog
Connecticut's own singer/songwriter, P.J. Pacifico, will be releasing his new album on June 7 entitled "Outlet". The album will be on Viper Records and was produced by Grammy Award Winner Dave O'Donnell (James Taylor, John Mayer). P.J. is currently performing in the Connecticut area to promote the new album.
His radio-friendly sound is captured perfectly in the album's first two singles "Fold Up Your Heart" and "Head's Up". P.J. shows a maturity in his song-writing as the songs on this album are more than just another pop song with no meaning. His songs capture a feeling and accurately paint a picture in your mind of the story he's trying to portray to the listener. P.J. invites you into his world in "Home With Me" giving us his story of love for his wife. The song "Lakeshore Drive" displays the gentle, smoothness in P.J. voice as he draws you in with his storytelling lyrics. The simply titled "New Song" shows us the fun and wittiness in P.J.'s song-writing as the sound flows similar to Jason Mraz. The album closes with his tribute to one of his heroes, Buddy Holly, performing the song, "Targets" in a "Peggy Sue" swing-style.

May 5, 2011

The last time we checked in with Norwalk's P.J. Pacifico, the nationally recognized singer-songwriter was finishing up a new disc and a multi-state summer tour in 2010 that included a stop at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Café.
He's since returned to the Bluebird in March this year, and he hits the road again in June, playing a series of dates up and down the East Coast, from Florida to Maine. This weekend, audiences can enjoy the traveling troubadour's talents locally when he shares headlining status at Southport's Coffee House Music Series at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6. The singer-songwriter's new disc is called "Outlet" and will be released on Viper Records next month.
"I love both rock-pop songs and the 'front porch' vibe of an acoustic country band," said Pacifico. "I think I covered an even mix of both genres on this record, and I love every song." One of those songs, "Heads Up," has already been getting airplay on Triple A radio stations. On his latest recording project, Pacifico was joined by Grammy-winner Dave O'Donnell, who produced a pair of tracks, and Norwalk's Andy Abel, who co-produced the two songs with O'Donnell as well as the rest of the new album. Abel also plays electric lead guitar and produced Pacifico's last two records.
"I couldn't have done it without Andy," he said. "The man is a genius. He's a local guy, too, and plays in the band Tangled Vine."
Pacifico is recording the Southport show for a future solo acoustic . "All three of my albums have been produced with a full band sound," he said. "I've always wanted a stripped down live acoustic recording and this Friday will be the night I finally get to do it."

6/3 ~ Java Junkies - Wilmington, NC - 8pm
6/4 ~ Eddie's Attic (songwriter shootout) - Decatur, GA - 8pm
6/5 ~ House Concert - Jacksonville, FL - 8pm
6/6 ~ Fischer's Pub - John's Island, SC - 5pm
6/7 ~ Jack Of The Wood - Asheville, NC - 8pm
6/9 ~ performance on FOX-TV - Birmingham, AL - noon
6/10 ~ The Red Cat - Birmingham, AL - 8pm
6/11 ~ Smith's Olde Bar (Atlanta Room - CD release show) - Atlanta, GA - 8pm
6/12 ~ Hard Rock Cafe - Gatlinburg, TN - 9pm
6/17 ~ Bistro Nouveau at Eastman - Grantham, NH - 6pm
6/22 ~ Rory's - Darien, CT 9:30pm
6/30 ~ Stage One at Fairfield Theatre (FULL BAND CD Release Show) - Fairfield, CT -
7/1 ~ Bobby Q's - Westport, CT - 9pm
7/8 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
7/9 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
7/10 ~ Bayley Beach (FULL BAND) - Rowayton, CT - 6pm
7/15 ~ Bobby Q's - Westport, CT - 9pm
7/23, 24 ~ Gathering Of The Vibes (Teen Vibes stage) - Bridgeport, CT - times TBD
7/30 ~ Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain - Stowe, VT - Noon to 4pm
8/5 ~ The Jetties - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
8/6 ~ The Jetties - - Nantucket, MA - 5pm
8/12 ~ Bobby Q's - Westport, CT - 9pm
8/19 ~ The Levitt Pavilion (FULL BAND) - Westport, CT - 8pm
8/25 ~ Barking Spider - Cleveland, OH - 8pm
8/26 ~ performance on WGN TV/The CW - Chicago, IL - noon
8/26 ~ Uncommon Ground (on Clark) - Chicago, IL - 10pm
8/27 ~ Old Louisville Coffee House - Louisville, KY - 7pm
8/28 ~ Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN - 8pm
9/13 ~ The Living Room (WFUV's "On Your Radar" hosted by John Platt) - New York, NY
More dates will be announced soon

The pedigree on ‘Outlet’ is evident as well: The album opens with two songs (the singles ‘Fold Up Your Heart’ and ‘Head’s Up’,) both produced by Grammy winner David O’Donnell (John Mayer, James Taylor). This pair of standout tracks also features producer Andy Abel on electric guitars, Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz) on bass and Brian Doherty (They Might Be Giants) on drums, with Pacifico on acoustic guitar and vocals. Other highlights include the haunting ‘Lakeshore Drive’, the Simon and Garfunkel-esque ‘New Song’ and ‘Home With Me,’ which condenses Pacifico’s decade-long relationship with his now-wife into 4:43 minutes.

More About P.J. Pacifico
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter P.J. Pacifico’s sound has been described as “a jam session between James Taylor and Matthew Sweet,” with some classic rock influences thrown in for good measure. His songs feel immediately familiar and comfortable; straight from the heart and sure to get stuck in your head.

Pacifico tours on a regular basis – a series of solo and full band dates; both as a headliner and as an opening act for several certified legends. has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Levon Helm, Leon Russell, Bob Weir & Ratdog, The Wailers, The Low Anthem, Donavon Frankenreiter, Dar Williams, Guster, moe., Ryan Shaw, and Sean Kelly of The Samples.

‘Outlet’ is his third release, following his sophomore effort, “Always & Everywhere”, and his 2005 solo debut “Well I’ll Be”. His trademark brand of warm, inviting, hook-filled songs, the themes of love and survival, redemption and recovery, have endeared him to a growing number of fans from coast-to-coast. He aims for breakthrough success with ‘Outlet’.

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