American Girl: A Tribute
American Girl-A Tribute to Tom Petty has found the magical chemistry that was forged in the swamps of Gainesville, Florida so many years ago. The core quintet of five seasoned musicians- hailing from Long Island NY have captured the inner essence and infectious hook laden melodies that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gifted us.
The centerpiece of this super group is veteran singer/guitar player Lou Auricchio. With his sultry blond hair and seasoned voice, Lou sets the stage in motion as a ringer frontman for this powerhouse outfit. Brian Gabriel, the second in line for the coveted guitar position of Mike Campbell finds a comfort zone and a bag of jangly riffs that carry these memorable radio songs to expectation. With Brian Connolly on keyboards, the heart and soul of any true Rock n Roll outfit is the roll of the piano and the circus trills of a Hammond B3 organ. Brian captures the wizardry of Benmont Tench with eyes and ears open. Laying down the foundation and making audiences lean forward a bit and tap their toes is Steve Stewart on drums-with Lynch and Ferrone veracity. And his battery mate Anthony Lombardo shaking the floor with tasty Ron Blair basslines.
Every piece of this band represent the player-The Heartbreakers were a band, always, first and foremost. If there ever was a true musical gem and an American Treasure, Tom Petty hands down wins this award.