From the Lower East Side to the Catskill Mountains, from hymns to the light and devils "hiding in the courtyard”, the Mateo and Dougan Band play atmospheric and groove oriented songs inspired by the intimate nature of the real folk blues and steeped in Americana from folk to jazz to rock. Stories informed by an upbringing in the factory towns of upstate New York and a life further incubated in New York City and settled in the Hudson Valley. Their new release, “Time to Fly” features original songs by Carl Mateo, piano, guitar, vocals and harmonica, Peter Dougan on left handed electric and acoustic guitar and vocals, Eric Parker on drums , Kyle Esposito, bass, and Josh Tyler and Paul Schiavo handling the rhythm section on “Seventeen Years”. Ian Flanigan and Ava Mateo provide harmonies and depth on background vocals. For the past six years the band has developed their style and vibe at gigs that take on a party and community nature through the camaraderie and groove of the players, their fans, friends and family. “Time to Fly” is available now at www.mateoanddougan.com.
The songs on “Time to Fly”, the debut release from the Mateo & Dougan Band are stories of men and women who have been around the block, been married, had kids and struggled to find peace as in “Seventeen Years”. Escaping and embracing the world in “Lay Down” , Reaching back for the innocence , the good, in “Devil’s in the Courtyard”. “Hey English” is a funky reggae groove and celebration. “I’ll be Waiting” is the stubborn lament of a man who knows he has done wrong, is paying the price while fully, in his mind, expecting her to return. “Revelator”, a traditional tune Carl first heard coming from a boombox in an empty warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Son House’s acapella voice straining out from the speakers and echoing off the walls. The title cut, ”Time to Fly” is a wish, a release, a recognition.. A waving of the arms and a spread of the wings. “Lullabye Moon” with gorgeous and funky guitar harmonies is a young man’s boasting, bewilderment and rave upon the mountain. Last but not least is “Jake and the Bean”. a sweet lament to a lost friend and protector in a neighborhood not yet ready for prime time. “I don’t like to be alone with all these break-ins going on. I don’t like to be alone without you” echoes the chorus. “Without you.”
Carl engineered the album in his home studio, Big Blue. The project was mixed and mastered by Dave Cook at Area 52 Studios in Saugerties, NY.
Carl Mateo is an American singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist and has shared the stage with performers such as John Hammond Jr, Jorma Kaukonen, Matt Guitar Murphy, Suzanne Vega, Larry Campbell, David Johansen, John Doe and X, Robert Hunter, David Bromberg, Marco Benevento and more in classic venues such as Levon Helm Studios and the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, NY, The Knitting Factory and CBGB'S Gallery in NYC, The Iron Horse, Northampton , MA., Cafe Lena's in Saratoga, NY. Carl's debut release, "Big White House", was chosen as one of the top ten independent recordings of the year by the "Off the Beaten Track Radio Show".on WKZE. Carl also currently plays with Robin the Hammer, harp and The Hooligan Band, keys,harp and vocals.
Peter Dougan is a much loved music educator at The Rock Academy and The Woodstock Day School in Saugerties, NY. His deep knowledge and love of music theory and Americana, Peter studied Jazz Guitar in Graduate School at Berklee, shared with many of the next generation’s young musicians. Peter has played with the seminal Ithaca band, Mectapus, Gene Ween, Jay Collins and the Northern Resistance. He has shared the stage with Countless great artists such as Larry Campbell, Happy Traum, Marco Benevento, Gene Ween, Amy Helm, John Hammond Jr. and more.
Eric Parker has performed and recorded with such varied artist as Joe Cocker,Steve Winwood, Phillip Glass, Ian Hunter, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Bob Weir and Kingfish, Cornell Dupree, John Hall and countless other artists both in the studio and on the road. He is one of the Parker brothers, a renown local artist family with four pro drummers in their ranks.
Kyle Esposito is a very much in demand Woodstock musician and is a band leader/singer songwriter in his own right. Currently on tour with Dylan Doyle, Kyle has played and recorded with the Meg Johnson Band, The Connor Kennedy Band, Naked, Nelson Esposito Quintana, Duke McVinnie, Tim Kapeluk and Sara Kramer Harris.