On May 4, 2012, Barone will reassemble the original quartet and recreate
the Cool Blue Halo album in its entirety, along with very special guests
and added songs, at City Winery nearly 25 years to the day of the release
of the original album. This performance will be recorded and filmed for CD
and DVD release due out Fall of 2012.
Heralded by Rolling Stone as introducing “chamber rock,” the all-acoustic
performances captured on the original Cool Blue Halo blended classical,
jazz, and and art-rock elements fearlessly standing out against blandly
formulaic post-punk orthodoxy. In his recent assessment of the original
album NPR’s Tom Moon called it “A plaintive masterpiece created at a time
when making pop was practically an act of subversion.”
Recorded live at New York’s Bottom Line on a single evening in May 1987,
the original album featured singer, songwriter and guitarist Barone
leading an acoustic ensemble of cellist Jane Scarpantoni, acoustic
guitarist Nick Celeste and percussionist/keyboardist Valerie Naranjo.
Tom Moon’s complete article and audio links can be found here:
About Richard Barone:
Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and
author. Since his beginnings on radio at age seven as “The Littlest DJ”
and later fronting indie-pop icons The Bongos, Barone has had a hand in
countless recordings. He has collaborated with artists in every musical
genre – from Lou Reed and Moby to Liza Minnelli, Tiny Tim and most
recently, Pete Seeger.
As musical and theatrical director, he has scored shows and staged
all-star concert events at world renowned venues including Carnegie Hall
and the Hollywood Bowl. His memoir FRONTMAN: Surviving the Rock Star Myth
was published by Hal Leonard Books and performed as a Musical Reading at
His recent solo album, Glow (Bar/None Records), was produced by Tony
Visconti and others. His latest, Collection 2: Before & Afterglow, was
released in December 2011. Full bio and more at http://RichardBarone.com.
Barone lives in Greenwich Village, New York City.