The Press Newspaper
Americanos sing about love lost and Wall Street Crocodiles.
The Americanos, an original music string band, will bring their roots-country-folk music style to the club Sunday, Feb.12 from 5 to 9 p.m. when they release their first CD – “Redempted Sinner.”
The 14 songs touch the typical subjects of love found and love lost. In the joyful “Jelly & Jam,” a tribute to how a woman can wake up the senses in a man, singer-songwriter A. J. Szozda sings “She’s the morning and I’m the dawn and I smell the coffee.”
In the doleful, “Everyone Keeps Asking Me,” he sings about love lost and the constant questions friends and family ask about that significant other who is no longer there.
There are also excursions into topical issues. In “Wall Street Crocodiles,” a song about our economic collapse, Szozda sings, “Steal a car and you will get 10 years in the pen/ Steal a million dollars, enjoy a year of house arrest.” There are songs about introspection and a man’s need to change in order to maintain a relationship.
Szozda, a teaching tennis pro and occasional sports writer for The Press, provides the lead vocals and plays guitar and harp. Mick Mason, a music instructor at Owens Community College, is the lead guitarist, co-writer and arranger of the group’s harmonies. Steve Knurek, who also plays in local jazz, funk and blues bands, plays upright bass. Tom Goodwin, a Toledo attorney and long-time musician, plays mandolin, violin and percussion.
All four have their hand in writing and composing.
Scott, who has hosted a jazz show for 20 years, purchased Murphy’s Place, the legendary jazz location, when it closed. He had hoped to host smooth jazz performances to coincide with the music he has championed on his radio show. However, Scott said, while smooth jazz helped bring people in for the dinner hour, it didn’t keep them as the night wore on. To pay the bills, he has expanded his musical offerings to include, blues, folk, classic rock and Sunday’s blend of roots-country-folk music. Upcoming artists include Kylie White and East River Drive.
151 On the Water is located at the corner of Water and Summit streets. The club is usually closed on Sundays, but will open for this CD release party.
Scott hosts his smooth jazz show Monday through Friday on WCWA 1230 on the AM dial and streams a live show on the Internet at mikescottjazzshow.com.
To learn more, visit theamericanosband.com.