Graylight Campfire's debut CD "All Are Welcome…Some May Stay" is the sound of a dream being dreamt in a moving car. The
rhythm of the road intrudes and coaxes us, produces pretty views of the sun going down over the dirty Sound and of the new
century's American landscape; of the highway more traveled and the hundred years of popular music that beams in from long gone
radio stations, where Lester Flatt and Jimi Hendrix sound natural playing aside each other, where The Grand Ole Opry goes electric
and distorts into the sound of factories closing and money tight, where a voice howls back to the history of howling, of wolves and
Wolf. Where Harry Smith-gone-psychedelic frames songs about loss and songs about hope and songs about whiskey and smoke
and relationships that save your life and lay waste to you.
Graylight Campfire’s "All Are Welcome…" is a blues record in weight, a country record in accent and an Appalachian folk tale in
longing. It’s a Rock And Roll record.
Dave Hogan (guitars/vocals) and Brian O'Callaghan (bass/vocals) cut their teeth in The Rafter Bats, who garnered a diehard
following on the Northeastern festival circuit, as recognized in the media the likes of 'Relix' and 'Dirty Linen' magazines, in addition
to multiple awards as 'Bluegrass' and Roots Rock' champions in local press (The Fairfield County Weekly, New Haven Advocate -
New Mass Media). The love of acoustic music is what brought them together, but it was soon a shared love of music history. Of
influences passed down and around, and of electricity.
Graylight Campfire was started as a notion but soon became all consuming; the three piece electric rock band is eternal and a
tradition. It’s as old as 'Stagger Lee' in influence, in desire to get the point across with a voice, a warm and jagged slash of the Les
Paul and a driving backbeat. When former ‘Bats drummer M.D. Rickers moved on, the seat was filled by Pete May, who brought the
live bash and tight kick that drives the songs. After taking it on the road (most notably, taking part in The Gathering of the Vibes,
unheard of for a new band), Graylight Campfire settled in to the studio to make a proper record…but they brought the road in with
them. All the laughs and time spent riding, all the late night campfire folk and head rattling gigs, all the dancing, conscious and
unconscious, all the kicks and tricks and alcohol. All the friends lost and remembered. You hear it all on "All Are Welcome… Some
May Stay," the recognition that songs can sell and tell and preach. But the best songs commiserate with you and make you laugh
and let you bum a smoke.
Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards. His songs are available on compact disc, download, or stream at places like iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and Pandora
Frank Critelli often performs live. Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen.
Lys Guillorn’s recent sound is best described as “Nancy Sinatra on a grunge bender.” The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Shelton, Connecticut is a stylistic shape-shifter, dipping her blue cowgirl boots in folk and psych-rock. She has two full-length studio records of original material, an oddities collection, and a couple of EPs on her own label Little Cowgirl Records.